Where to begin with these shoes…I guess the name is the best place to start. The Adidas F50 Adizero revolutionized the speed boot market when it was released and has earned the loyalty of Lionel Messi among others. the shoes are all about speed, and as much a sprints track shoe as they are a soccer boot. This particular shoes is made from leather, and despite that, remains one of the lightest soccer cleats on the market.
Since it’s leather, the boot is durable, or more durable that a synthetic leather anyway. The type of leather they have used is called Goleo calf-leather, it provides a snug fit, but isn’t as thick or cumbersome as traditional full grain leathers. This makes the boots light weight, and it weights in at only 165 grams. Its also pretty comfortable as the thin material really flexes easily around the foot.
The insoles are also superlight, but if you need more comfort, they come with comfort insoles in the box. I prefer the superlight insoles and find they work perfectly fine for me, but the comfort ones do feel nice on the feet. It also comes with a leather care kit including a cleaning cloth and some polish, which keeps them looking fresh and clean.
The outsole and cleats are what really set these soccer shoes apart form there competitors. The sprint frame construction of the sole plate allows for lighter weight without sacrificing durability through the use of chemically bonded plastics. The cleats themselves are also innovative in the sense that hey use research based on where the force is applied when you run. The cleats are triangles that are turned specific direction in order to take maximum advantage of the natural movement of your foot on the run.
Overall, they’re a great pair of leather speed boots, and $179.99 they’re well worth it for any serious player.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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