Spike

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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 28 Jul 2018, Saturday

Random information on the term “Spike”:

Cleats or studs are protrusions on the sole of a shoe, or on an external attachment to a shoe, that provide additional traction on a soft or slippery surface. They can be conical or blade-like in shape, and made of plastic, rubber or metal. In American English the term cleats is used synecdochically to refer to shoes featuring such protrusions. Similarly, in British English the term ‘studs’ can be used to refer to ‘football boots’ or ‘rugby boots’, for instance, in a similar manner to the way ‘spikes’ is often used to refer to athletics shoes. The type of studs worn depends on the environment of play, whether it be grass, ice, artificial turf, or other grounds requiring versatility.

Athletes have worn cleats since at least the 1500s. Although there are no images or surviving examples of cleats from that time period, the first written documentation of cleats comes from 1526, when “football boots” were listed in King Henry VIII’s Great Wardrobe.[1] According to researchers, the English monarch ordered the royal cordwainer (shoemaker), Cornelius Johnson, to make him a pair of hand-stitched boots “to play football”. The shoes cost four shillings (about $200 today) and were probably made of especially strong leather.


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Random information on the term “LACE”:

Shoelaces, also called shoestrings (US English) or bootlaces (UK English), are a system commonly used to secure shoes, boots and other footwear.They typically consist of a pair of strings or cords, one for each shoe, finished off at both ends with stiff sections, known as aglets. Each shoelace typically passes through a series of holes, eyelets, loops or hooks on either side of the shoe. Loosening the lacing allows the shoe to open wide enough for the foot to be inserted or removed. Tightening the lacing and tying off the ends secures the foot within the shoe.

Traditional shoelaces were made of leather, cotton, jute, hemp, or other materials used in the manufacture of rope. Modern shoelaces often incorporate various synthetic fibers, which are generally more slippery and thus more prone to coming undone than those made from traditional fibers. On the other hand, smooth synthetic shoelaces generally have a less rough appearance, suffer less wear from friction, and are less susceptible to rotting from moisture. Specialized fibers like flame resistant nomex are applied in safety boots for firefighters.

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