PREVIEW: Adidas X and Ace football boots
The football season is now over. At least in theory. The Champions League Final in Berlin might have drawn the European season to a close, but the planning for next season has already started.
None more so than in the realm of football boots. The boot has evolved dramatically in the past 20 years as both technology and design have influenced everything from colour palettes to material.
Adidas is now set to launch their new on-field direction. They have famously retired their recent best-sellers, the F50, Predator and Nitrocharge ranges, and are ready to introduce two brand new lines: X and Ace.
This is a first of a kind for Adidas: it will be the first boot that will not have a dominant three-stripe branding on the side. With its neon yellow colour, this will be both dominant on the field in terms of visibility as well as real head turner in terms of design.
It reminds me of a more advanced take of the Predator, which David Beckham famously wore during his debut appearance at the World Cup in 1998.
In terms of player profile, this will be geared to the more explosive of footballers, with Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Angel Di Maria lined up to wear it.
Adidas are trying to cater for the more touch player who demands both comfort, control and sustainability during the 90 minutes. This is will probably go up against the Nike Tiempo in terms of its boot genre, as this will be seen on the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and the more cultured defenders.
In contrast to the X, this boot has the Adidas three-stripe branding and is more in line with their previous football footwear, but with more forward-thinking styling.