Last updated: August 16, 2021

Today we will talk absolutely everything about the Adidas boot, one of the most modern and popular footwear in the world of the ball, which shoes boaters, professionals and amateurs with the same efficiency and quality. In this guide we will look at the best models, their innovations, their designs and, of course, how all this can improve the game of its users, from dribbling to defending, from midfielder to striker. And it doesn't matter if it's for grass, the street or the pitch: the important thing is to find your ideal Adidas boot.




Summary

  • Adidas works with boot lines, which bring together specific technologies, aimed at enhancing certain attributes of the game, such as kicking, passing, good control.
  • The main lines are Predator, X, Nemeziz and Copa.
  • Regardless of the lines, the models may present different features in their design, such as the built-in ankle strap (the famous "bootie"), leather without laces, breathable fabric, etc.

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The best Adidas Football Boots: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Adidas football boots are not among the market leaders for nothing. They carry the understanding of what football is today, a sport that is complex, calculated and diverse in its styles, ideas and practitioners. In this Buying Guide we will look at how this understanding of Adidas translates into the models of their football boots. We will show you the different lines, technologies, indications and adaptations of the models. All this to help you find the boot that's right for you.

 Imagem mostra o momento de um jogo em que uma jogadora, usando a camisa número dois, persegue a sua adversária, com a camisa dez, que corre com a bola.

Adidas football boots are as diverse and complex as football today.(Source: Jeffrey F Lin/ Unsplash.com)

Adidas futsal or society boot?

If the Adidas boots for field football are the most famous, inspired by professional football stars and with big advertising campaigns, the futsal and society boots are the best sellers. In the end, they are more accessible to common players, either for their size, practicality, or even for their physical demands. Even so, the Adidas football boots suitable for their practice do not have their own line.

Imagem mostra uma fileira de chuteiras Adidas, próprias para diversas superfícies, sobre uma grama sintética bicolor.

The Adidas boots for futsal and society have the same technologies as the field models, but with adaptations for their respective courts. (Source: Fachry Zella Devandra/ Unsplash.com)

Instead, they are adaptations of the main lines, most with the Tango sub-line, which adapts the models for indoor environments. They are modified where it really matters - in these cases, the sole. In society boots, rubber studs are inserted, small or big, fixed or mobile. In indoor boots, the studs are replaced by a variety of grooves, favoring ball control, stability or acceleration on the court.

Futsal Society
Own line None No
Technologies Control, Precision, Power Control, Precision, Power
Sole Rubber Latches Grooved rubber

Which professional players use the Adidas Nemeziz boot?

A traditional expedient among boot manufacturers is to contract with professional players to not only use their products, but specific models. The players receive customised footwear for their style of play and the brand gains excellent publicity. In the case of the Adidas Nemeziz boot, perhaps the best publicity of all happens. Nobody less than Lionel Messi wears the shoes of the latest line of the German manufacturer, designed to facilitate ball control and especially the quick change of direction during the game, with and without the round on the foot. But the Argentinean star is not the only one privileged with the attributes of Nemeziz. The Brazilian Roberto Firmino and the German forward forward Timo Werner are also wearing the boot.

Why is the Adidas X boot ideal for strikers?

A striker can have many characteristics and attributes, but to be successful in the game, he needs two things: power, to beat defenders, and accuracy, to beat goalkeepers. For it is precisely these skills that are privileged in the Adidas X. Its sole has Speedframe technology, with mixed lock-up (pointed at the front and rounded at the heel), which makes the shoe ultra light and easy to accelerate.

Imagem mostra um par de chuteiras deitados sobre uma rede de gol, que por sua vez está em cima da grama.

The Adidas X favors two of the essential characteristics of a good striker: speed and precision. (Source: Alex/ Unsplash.com)

Another attribute is the upper with patented Skeletalweave lining, which is a layer of fine yarns that facilitate not only speed in ball control but also the accuracy of the kick. It is no coincidence that the boot is used by two of world football's top strikers, Egyptian Mohammed Salah and Uruguayan Luis Suárez.

Advantages
  • Lightness
  • Facilitates control at speed
  • Boosted start
Disadvantages
  • Less stability
  • Less resistance

What is the new Adidas Copa boot like?

In 1979, Adidas launched the World Cup boot, which would become one of the German company's most classic boots, almost a symbol of the brand. The model eventually went out of fashion, as a result of the market's eternal search for evolution. Recently, however, the World Cup was re-launched, but this time only as "Cup", a new and adapted version. The look has remained classic, without major changes in the shape of the leather or the tongue, but now with variable colours, in addition to black, which in fact starts to combine with other colours, such as red. The leather has been kept, but now softer, to facilitate the accuracy of passes and kicks. The sole is now made of TPU, with soft inner layers that cushion the main impact points of the foot.

Imagem mostra um par de chuteiras Adidas Copa Mundial, com o pé direito apoiado na vertical sobre o pé esquerdo.

Adidas has revamped one of its most classic models, the World Cup, now called just "Cup"...(Source: CrichyStock/ Pixabay.com)

Another novelty is the elastic collar in Primemesh, which circulates the air in the ankle region and even makes the shoe wear your foot like a sock. The lacing, however, remains classic, by shoelace, and symmetrical. The more traditionalists can rest assured. Besides the "Cup", Adidas launched a replica of the World Cup, all black with white details, and leather uppers with kangaroo leather, which marked an era in its launch.

The World Cup was launched in 1979, but was planned to be released only in 1982, during the World Cup - hence the name - in Spain, won by Italy, one of the World Cups most present in the Brazilian popular imagination

What are the technologies of the Adidas Predator football boots?

Rather than being designed for a specific position, the Adidas Predator boots are made for those who want to take control of the game. And you can only do that with the ball at your feet and the right passes. To achieve this, the Predator boasts two patented technologies, Controlskin and Primeknit. Both are positioned in the boot's textile uppers. Controlskin increases the traction between shoe and ball, making it easier to drive, and with high relief patterns that "guide" the ball during a pass. Primeknit, in turn, provides superior support in the upper, giving firmness in the stride during ball control. There is also Controlframe, a frame in the forefoot that facilitates ball control and final contact before passes and kicks. In addition, the innovations are geared towards player comfort, with anatomically designed and padded heels. After all, you need to be comfortable with your equipment to be comfortable on the field.

magem mostra em plano detalhe o cabedal do pé direito de uma chuteira preta da Adidas, que está apoiada numa grama alta..

The leather of the Adidas Predator aids driving and passing, everything you need to control a game.(Source: NadinLisa/ Pixabay.com)

What is the best kids Adidas boot?

As you can imagine, the children's Adidas football boots also have the same lines as the adult and professional football boots. They also have most of the same control and stability technologies, etc., but adapted to developing feet and bodies. This point is very important to determine the best Adidas football boots for children. The ideal is that the models have technologies in the upper, heel and shaft that adapt to the feet of the little players. The "bootie", mesh upper, anatomical heel, all of this is valid to make sure that children's feet are comfortable and that their rhythm of growth and development is respected.

Imagem mostra um par de chuteiras infantis da Adidas apoiadas no concreto, com foco seletivo.

The most important thing is that the children's Adidas boot is comfortable and anatomically correct for the little players...(Source:Alexas_Fotos/ Pixabay.com)

Purchase Criteria: Choosing your Adidas football boots

Let's go now with our exclusive list of buying criteria. They are characteristic elements of football boots that, if noted carefully, can help you when choosing the ideal model.

We will, of course, talk about each one of these items, so that you will be very well prepared and informed when buying your boot.

Style of play

As we've seen throughout this guide, Adidas football boots have a high level of specialisation, with technologies and adaptations designed to enhance certain attributes of their users, such as passing, ball control and even kicking. So, a good way to start your search is to think about the ideal one for your style of play, that is, if you pass the ball more, if you risk more dribbling, if you like to speed up with the ball at your feet, and then find the line and/or model with the right adaptations for your specialities.

Imagem mostra um jogador, representado no quadro somente por suas pernas, e usando chuteiras Adidas, no momento que parte para driblar o adversário à sua frente, também representado por suas pernas.

Think about your specialities - passing, dribbling, kicking, defending - and then look for the ideal Adidas boot. (Source: flooy/ Pixabay.com)

Surface

Adidas football boots have reached a level where they can differentiate between firm surfaces and flexible terrain.

There's no point in having a boot that's specialised for your position if it's not suitable for the surface - natural grass, synthetic grass, concrete, wooden batting, and so on - that you'll be playing on. Note that it is not only a question of the type of boot you will be playing on, the pitch, the court or the society. Adidas football boots have reached a level of specificity that makes it possible to differentiate between firmer surfaces (synthetic grass, for example) and flexible terrain (tall grass).

Feature

Another point that can help you in your boot selection are the striking elements of the models, which Adidas calls on its website "features". These are design innovations that change the dynamics and ergonomics of the models. Among the most important features are: socks, which are anklets built into the shaft of the footwear; the uppers without laces, which fix the foot with an elastic material; the so-called breathable, with uppers and/or side panels made of mesh or another leaked weave; and the lightweight models, which also have mesh in their composition.

Lock

For obvious reasons, this criterion is directed towards field and society football boots. In this case, the cleats are essential elements for the type of performance that the models will have during the game. There are two points to be noticed and chosen, the size and the material of the latches. Without getting into the merit of which boot latch is better for which field, in general terms, the big latches give more support, but reduce the speed, and the small latches do the opposite. The same happens with flexible locks and rigid locks. The first ones give greater agility and less support, while the rigid ones give firmness in the step but slowness in the stride.

Imagem um par de chuteiras pretas da Adidas, calçadas por uma perna com meião preto. O pé esquerdo pisa na grama, enquanto o direito somente apoia o bico no gramado.

The cleats of the field and society boots dictate the support and speed of your step. (Source: Feo con Ganas/ Unsplash.com)

Visual

In the last few years Adidas football boots have become more and more important in aesthetic matters. Colour combinations and different designs have multiplied at the same pace as technical innovations. So, once you've chosen the features your Adidas boot needs, it's worth taking a look at the look that suits you best. There are sober, classic, modern and extravagant models. All you have to do is choose. (Source of the image: Fachry Zella Devandra/ Unsplash.com)

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