Talking about football boots got me thinking about a book we had ages ago called Willy the Wizard by Anthony Browne.
I'll post more about Browne and his work when I've got more time, but I do remember we loved that book even before we got obsessed with soccer.
And also, on the subject of shoes - red ones in particular - I received a very pretty book this week called The Red Shoes by Eleri Glass with illustrations by Ashley Spires.
This is a simple little story about a girl who desires a pair of red shoes: "The red shoes are happy apples, waiting to be picked." Spoiler alert: she gets them. A beautiful little book for girls, little or big.