The new White & Cyan Adidas F50 Adizeros finally came to the shop recently, and I’ve been waiting to talk about them ever since I heard of their impending arrival. The F50 Adizero line is no secret to players and fans—they’re the lightest boot on the market and used by world class strikers, most notably Lionel Messi. Let’s harp on that quality for a second. Before I tried a pair on for myself, I thought, “Ok, yeah they’re super light, but is it worth it?” Then I finally put a pair on and walked around the shop. Holy bejeezus, it was as if I hadn’t put shoes on at all. I obviously didn’t get a chance to use them to their full capacity, but the little personal demo offered a solid amount of incite to the ability of these boots.
You get a supreme touch on the ball with the added bonus of swift movement and acceleration. There’s also a great balance between stability and quickness, owing to the chassis structure and cleat design. The geometric triangle/diamond shape design of the studs keeps your feet from digging too far into the playing surface, and Adidas kept the number of studs to a minimum. You’ll get enough support in key areas like the heel and such, but Adidas kept the amount of studs at the front of the foot low. I think it’s a good move because it will reduce friction with the playing surface and give a little nudge forward with acceleration and top speed. The chassis of the shoe is also sturdy enough to allow quick turning and planting of the foot while also being flexible enough for comfortable movement.
My only issue with the F50 adizero line is the lack of protection on the top of the foot. I do understand that this boot is a striker boot and has to cater to that particular position which especially demands quick and free foot movement, so obviously protection isn’t on the top of the priority list. However, I would have liked to see some sort of security for the top of your foot—it’s hard to score goals with a broken metatarsal. All in all, though, I suppose this is less of a worry for those who rarely get their foot stomped on. The occasional wayward kick will always happen, and, in that scenario, I think a player wearing these boots will only end up with a pain or bruise.
Alright, now for the part everybody’s been waiting for—the white on white with cyan cleats color scheme! Let’s do an exercise real quick. Check out soccerpro.com and look at the white/cyan adizeros. Now look at your shoes. Now look at the adizeros. DIAMONDS. (Thanks Old Spice. Always wanted to do that.) This boot is basically the antithesis to the leopard print Ronaldo boots of, shall we say, debatable likability. It’s slick, clean and simple. The shoe is all around a reflective white color, and even the trademark 3-stripes are white. With the cleats being cyan, the overall effect of the shoe is a somewhat futuristic look. If spacemen played footy, they’d wear a shoe that looked like these boots. At $179.99, I’d look out for these boots in the market. If you decide to sit and wait on it, you might find yourself out of luck. Overall, I like the direction Adidas took with these soccer shoes’ color scheme. It gives a fresh perspective in the market that has seen highlighter and neon colors flourish; I for one welcome this fresh perspective!
Written by: Kris Dyer, soccerprose.com
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