History of the Adidas Predator Football Boots
Adidas Predator Football Boots
Do you know everything about the Adidas Predator collection? The Adidas Predator football boot returned to the market at the end of 2017 after 2 years of absence since 2015. Many believed that Adidas had put an end to this boot but the truth is that Adidas has been working very hard on the innovation of this boot. The Predator revolutionized football in the early 2000s. The boot has always suited players with exceptional ball control such as Zidane, Beckham or Xavi Hernandez. Here we bring you all the new models and the history of the Adidas Predator football boot so you can take control of the game.
General features of the new Adidas Predator 2020 football boots
- The ankle brace that adjusts the foot and ankle to the boot. We are talking about a sock that joins your leg to your foot.
- The protection and reinforcement of the boot as a sign of control.
- A very low weight, it is an increasingly lighter boot.
- It does not require special care, only maintenance in a cool, dry place so as not to deteriorate the quality of the materials.
- Tolerance to rain. In any case, on days, training sessions or matches where it rains, we recommend that you put newspaper inside the boot so that the mouth can dry internally and keep its condition intact.
History of the Adidas Predator football boots (1994-2015)
The Adidas Predator soccer boot has in its design the 3-Stripes or 3 lines typical of adidas. They were launched to the market in 1994, when players like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane began to be known, who in the future were 2 of its great “ambassadors”. It is a boot with history, prestige and that has evolved enormously thanks to innovation and technology. A boot that is associated with the best football players in the world.
The first Adidas predator Football boot (1994)
- Launched on the occasion of the 1994 World Cup that took place in the United States.
- Kangaroo leather
- Toe cap to enhance striking
Adidas Predator Rapier (1995)
- Same model as the Adidas Predator football boot in 1994.
- New reversible tongue is introduced
Adidas Predator Touch (1996)
- Laminated studs are introduced for the first time instead of the conical studs typical of the time.
- A larger red tongue is exaggerated and introduced, which will become one of the fundamental features of the Adidas predator boot.
Adidas Predator Accelerator (1998)
- Launched for the 1998 World Cup in France and retains the red tongue.
- Adidas stripes are introduced, very elongated.
- Combination of leather and rubber that gave it a shiny touch and made it waterproof
Adidas Predator Precision (2000)
- Launched for Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands.
- First Adidas boot to be classified as a mid-weight boot, not as well armed as previous models.
- Kangaroo leather
- Scales that run along the entire surface and help us to improve the strike.
- The scales are grooves that can provide more spin or more momentum.
- The tongue has belcro to protect the instep from the laces.
Adidas Predator Manía (2002)
- Launched on the occasion of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.
- The tongue no longer has belcro, and has a rubber band that allows it to stretch completely to cover all the laces.
- Leather upper.
- Inner padding on the inside of the boot with the adidas symbol and its 3 lines.
- Rubber bands with 3D texture, a key element of the Predator collection. This seeks to give greater effect and power to the shot.
- External heel cup that fixes the foot so that it does not move.
- Modular sole in 2 pieces with laminated studs.
Adidas Predator Pulse (2004)
- Launched on the occasion of the Portugal Euro 2004.
- Kangaroo leather and mini scales to improve precision and touch.
- To give more power to the shots, the “power pulse system” is introduced to shift the center of gravity of the boot and put it closer to the point of impact.
Adidas Predator Absolute (2006)
- Launched on the occasion of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
- 2 insoles can be used, one lighter and one heavier, with the “power pulse” system.
- Reinforced heel like the Predator Mania boot, providing more grip and fit.
- Smaller tongue than in previous models but retained with a rubber lacing.
Adidas Predator Power Swerbe (2008)
- Launched on the occasion of the Austria and Switzerland Euro 2008, where Spain is European Champion after beating Germany in the final with a goal by Fernando Torres.
- Aesthetic and functional modification.
- Predator more complete along with the Predator Mania.
- Natural leather materials are reduced.
- It is still kangaroo leather and finally increases the Predator element.
- The 3 lines are no longer predator zone. It introduces a rubber zone in the area of the empiene that is lengthened with 5 small strands in the lateral zone.
- The strings are moved outwards so that the strike zone is cleaner.
- Last time Adidas uses the Predator tongue.
- Special heel cup that no longer goes in trieada, a single piece.
- Important technology in the insole. The weight is now mobile.
Adidas Predator X (2010)
- Very technical boot: Combines kangaroo leather in the instep area with synthetic materials in the heel, outside and inside.
- The predator strike zone returns with small rubber scales that prevent any slippage between the ball and the ball when striking.
- Synthetic upper that adapts perfectly to the foot.
- Kangaroo toe heel area to avoid Achilles heel discomfort.
- Traction outsole for artificial grass or dry natural grass.
Adidas Predator Adipower (2011)
- Trend to lighten the boots to the maximum.
- It merges the predator’s armed style with natural leather upper, the characteristic “predator element” with rubber inserts and lightens the sole with a system that allows to reduce its weight by 25%.
- The “predator element” extends to the laces.
- For the heel, synthetic leather that adjusts to the Achilles tendon and in the inner area with a material called alcantara that helps the boot not to move despite the movements of the foot.
- Low profile sole with “traction” studs.
Adidas Predator Lethal Zones (2012)
- Predator most revolutionary since 1994 mainly because there is no Predator strike zone.
- Adidas differentiates for the first time all the ball strikes: short pass, long pass, control…..
The boot has 5 strike zones:
- There is no more natural leather, the material in the whole area of the upper is synthetic. It adapts to our foot. It does not absorb water.
- Adidas tries to reduce the weight of the boot as much as possible.
- No heel reinforcement.
Adidas Predator Instinct (2014)
- Last Predator boot before the end of the Predator range in May 2015.
- The framework is composed of a synthetic material: the “Hybrid touch” that replicates the natural leather to get a better touch of the ball.
- The style of the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones boots is maintained, with various surfaces for each shot or action.
- Sole with “control frame” composed of a softer maerial and that when the sole contacts the ball the contact is clean and very useful.
Get to know all Adidas Predator Football boots in History (1994-2015)
Here we leave you a video summary from our colleagues at Fútbol Emotion of all the models from 1994 to 2015 that Adidas declassified from the Predator collection.
The end of the Adidas Predator football boot
In 2015 Adidas had to take a very risky decision, to disqualify the Predator range. And it did it for a simple reason: “Predator had lost its way, it lacked character and personality”, words of its creative director.
Discover the first ad for the Adidas Predator football boot in 1994
On the occasion of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Adidas launched a new model of football boots with the intention of competing with the legendary Copa Mundial boots, also from the same brand. The main new feature was the toe cap, made of a rubber that helped the player to shoot with more power and effect. The kangaroo leather was revolutionary at the beginning of the 90’s and managed to position itself in the market as one of the best soccer boots in the world.
The new Adidas Predator football boots
Adidas returned in 2017 with its most iconic collection: the Predator range! These are its main features:
- The fit zone thanks to the elasticity of the instep area: Regardless of whether you have a wide or narrow foot.
- The adidas bands give that extra lateral support along with the external heel cup.
- Original predator logo on the heel area, also appears on the inside.
- In any high-end model the insole is removable in case you want to use your own insole.
- Sole with “control frame” technology with stabilizing bar that prevents the boot from flexing, thus reducing the risk of injury.
- Lugs that give greater traction in maximum speed actions, they are no longer conical.
Final Conclusion of the Adidas Predator: A football boot for footballers
The boot was launched on the market in 1994 and in these more than 20 years it has been used by some of the best players in the world. It is a soccer boot with history, with prestige, in short, a legendary boot reserved for those players who want to have a great control of the game. They were born coinciding with the beginning of David Beckham’s football career and today, the former English footballer continues to collaborate in its development and evolution.