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Earlier this month adidas launched the latest version of the adidas Predator, the adiPower Predator. In our interview, in which Antonio Zea details the adiPower Predator, it’s mentioned that the Predator is one of the most storied soccer cleats of all time, with 17 years strong behind the name.
This week’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes a look at the introduction of the adidas Predator in 1994. The headline, “Some athletic companies make soccer shoes. Some athletic companies sell soccer shoes. adidas invents soccer shoes!” says it all. What’s interesting about the timing of the original adidas Predator release, was that it came 40 years after the first adidas soccer cleats were created for the German National team that competed in the 1954 World Cup. Though interchangeable cleats have seem to become less popular for today’s soccer players, in 1954, this was groundbreaking technology.
The 1994 version of the adidas Predator also featured a new technology that has since developed into another. The toebox area, or contact area when kicking, featured a unique “Fins and Jets” that helped created more spin and swerve. Another interesting feature is the “Pressure Point Eliminator” which has since evolved into the Powerspine. All in all, the adidas Predator has come a long way since it was “invented” 17 years ago, but its obvious that adidas soccer is on the right path of constant improvement.