Soccer / 06.11.10

A Look at the Cleats of the 2010 World Cup

words_Nick Engvall

With the World Cup just underway in South Africa, the focus of the sports world is on the sport of soccer or football, depending on what part of the world you’re viewing from. They’ll be a number of different styles on the field over the next month, some that may impress even those that are furthest from soccer fans, and some that will become collector’s items for fans of the game.

First up, the adidas AdiPure III TRX FG, which will be seen on the likes of midfielders like Brazil’s Kaká and England’s Frank Lampard. The AdiPure III features an asymmetrical lacing system to offer up more striking area, and kangaroo leather uppers which offer superb durability. The AdiPure III comes in as one of the most toned-down styles in this year’s lineup of 2010 World Cup cleats.

World Cup Cleats - adidas Adipure  III TRX FG
World Cup Cleats – adidas AdiPure  III TRX FG

The adidas Predator line is one of the longer running lines in the world of soccer cleats. The latest is the Predator X, which unlike the AdiPure series features more attention grabbing details. Most notable are the uses of simulated carbon fiber on the lateral side, and a unique medial side that features silicon bubbles on the striking zone, or rather the “Predator Zone.”

World Cup Cleats - adidas Predator X FGWorld Cup Cleats – adidas Predator X FG


The adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG is arguably the best of the best. When designing the F50, adidas set out to create the lightest possible soccer cleat, and that is exactly what they did. Using a Sprint Skin upper, adidas was able minimize the use of material, combined with the an ultra-light sock liner, the F50 comes in at 5.8 ounces, nearly 5 ounces lighter than the AdiPure III. That makes the adidas F50 the perfect cleat for lightning quick forwards and midfielders like Jozy Altidore of the USA, Kengo Makamura of Japan, and Steven Pienaar of host country South Africa.

World Cup Cleats - adidas F50 adiZero TRX FGWorld Cup Cleats – adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG

Just like the above F50 adiZero, this version features the same extreme lightness but is done up in a beautiful Chameleon Purple colorway that changes from purple to green as you move around the cleat. Also like the Sun yellow colorway, the Chameleon Purple features Grip’n Groove technology which gives the F50 the ultimate in ball control and feel. Unlike the Sun yellow colorway, the Chameleon Purple will only be worn in the World Cup by Argentinian super star Lionel Messi.

World Cup Cleats - adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG
World Cup Cleats – adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG Chameleon

The most easily recognized soccer cleat from this year’s World Cup is most likely the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI. The laces of the Vapor VI are mostly covered to improve ball control, and the use of a Teijin synthetic leather upper also adds to ball control with a form fit style that give you better feel.

World Cup Cleats - Nike Mercurial Vapor VIWorld Cup Cleats – Nike Mercurial Vapor VI FG

PUMA’s Power Cat 1.10 FG will be seen on the feet of mid fielders in the World Cup, such as Serbia’s Nemanja Vidic and Germany’s Thomas Hitzlsperger. The asymmetrical lacing, and PUMA’s 3D Power Shooting technology which combines foam padding and grooved kangaroo leather, make the Power Cat1.10 FG a shooter’s dream. The unmistakable PUMA Cat logo on the lateral side gives these cleats some added pop in the appearance department as well.

World Cup Cleats - Puma Power Cat 1.10 FGWorld Cup Cleats – Puma Power Cat 1.10 FG

Author: Nick Engvall
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2 Comments

  1. Nene33 says:

    Great looking line-up, and all are very recognizable on the pitch.

  2. Onur says:

    bence en ii si sarı f50 trx fg