History of shin pads
Shin pads were first introduced to the world of football in 1874 when a dual sportsman called Sam Weller Widdowson decided to reuse his cricket pads while playing football. He cut down his cricket pads and strapped them outside of his stockings to much ridicule from his teammates and opponents alike. However the concept did catch on and eventually were added to the official laws of the game.
Why do professional players wear such small shin pads?
Many professional players like to wear such small shin pads that it often seems they are not wearing any. Players like Memphis Depay, Thiago Alcantara, Lorenzo Insigne and Jack Grealish are just some of the players that can often be seen with the socks very low down on their calves.
Grealish was asked about why he wore his socks so low in an interview with Birmingham Live as he explained that he stumbled upon the idea due to a laundry mishap while at Aston Villa.
"Obviously your socks are supposed to go above your calves. But one year when I was here, the socks once shrunk in the wash. So they wouldn’t go higher.
"That season, I ended up playing really well. So it became a superstitious thing for me. I thought ‘I’m going to keep doing this because I’ve done well’."
As per the laws of the game, shin pads must be worn by all players but players like Grealish, use such small shin pads, often junior sizes, that it may give the impression that they are not wearing any at all.
G-Form are the Shin Pads of Choice for Professionals
The G-Form Blade is starting to gain momentum throughout the elite game. It still amazes us, what professional football players are wearing on field as their protection, as the modern day shin guard doesn’t suit their needs. The Blade shin guard, with the Smartflex Technology, is once again changing athletes hearts and minds.
Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen at Chelsea, Michail Antonio, Ryan Fredricks and Felipe Anderson at West Ham, Patson Daka, Ademola Lookman and Jannik Vestergaard at Leicester and many more are also fans of the G-Form Pro S Blade.
This is due to its low profile which is lightweight but still provides maximum protection on impact due to G-Form's revolutionary Smartflex™ technology.
Shin Pads so good that you will even forget your socks
Who can forget this classic moment when Djibril Sidibe forgot one of his socks when coming on as sub for Everton, much to the annoyance of then manager, Carlo Ancelotti. It did give us a glimpse of his G-Form Pro S Elite shin pads though!!
Closer to home, Sydney FC striker, Adam Le Fondre prefers to wear the G-Form Pro S Elite 2 which has an integrated shin guard and sleeve construction to ensure a secure fit during play.