History of adidas Soccer Cleats



World Cup- Carlos Alberto
90 Years of Game-changing Cleats

The first pair of adidas soccer cleats was made in a small workshop in Herzogenaurach, Germany by adidas founder Adi Dassler. Adi had a vision to help athletes perform better with exceptionally engineered footwear tuned to the needs of the soccer player.

Originally created for frozen fields, the Samba quickly evolved to become the dominant indoor soccer shoe. The shoe featured a distinctive toe guard, lower stitching on the sides of the sole and shoehorn, leather lining in the heel, cushioned insoles and clips for the laces. Today, the shoe remains one of the most recognizable soccer designs.

Created by Adi Dassler and used by the German soccer team during the 1954 World Cup, the Argentinia was unlike anything ever seen on the field. Dassler's screw-in studs replaced nail-fastened, leather studs and could be changed based on weather conditions. The cleats featured a low cut for improved freedom of movement, lightweight leather uppers to absorb less water and a soft toe cap to give players better feel of the ball. The Argentinia played a big role during a wet World Cup Final in Switzerland when the German team defeated a heavily favored Hungarian team in a historic win known as the Miracle at Berne.

Der Weltmeister
Designed for the Scandinavian weather at the 1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden, Der Weltmeister's sole was the first to be made of polyamide that kept its shape when wet. The cleat had improved elasticity, giving players more shooting power. The success of the German team in 1954 persuaded most players to wear adidas. This time, the players had a range of different screw-in studs to choose from.

World Cup 62
With the same polyamide sole of Der Weltmeister, the World Cup 62 was used in all 32 matches at the 1962 FIFA World Cup Chile. The cleat covered players' vulnerable Achilles tendons with new protective cushioning and a new heel tab was added.

World Cup 66 The Achilles
Adi Dassler tended to the needs of Germany's captain Uwe Seeler by creating a tailor-made version of the World Cup 66 cleat known as the Achilles. The cleat gave Seeler more padding and lacing at the heel because of an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in 1965 that potentially jeopardized Germany's chances of reaching the 1966 World Cup. Seeler used the shoe in late 1965 during a World Cup qualifying match and helped Germany reach the tournament.1970
A cleat fit for Beckenbauer
adidas was the shoe of choice for more than 80 percent of players at the 1970 World Cup. adidas created a customized cleat for German star Franz Beckenbauer. Beckenbauer experienced foot problems and needed shoes between two sizes so adidas adapted its mold, added leather strips at the heel and widened the cleat at the forefoot. Beckenbauer liked the cleats so much that he wore them until they fell apart.

World Cup 78
The 1978 World Cup cleat was the first to incorporate a strong yet flexible outsole that supported the foot but did not restrict movement, especially during quick changes of direction and momentum. Adi Dassler's final cleat was the first to feature a dual-density sole made of a figure-eight-shaped white hard synthetic material and a soft black footrest. The studs were angled outward to improve stability, creating a new an industry standard.

World Cup 82 and Copa Mundial
For the first time, adidas rolled out two cleats for the 1982 World Cup – both of which included a new layer of foam rubber under the leather in the forefoot. The World Cup 82 included a new flexible red zone that gave players greater comfort under the ball of the foot and was equipped with screw-in studs. The Copa Mundial, which was initially launched in 1979 included multiple studs and became the most-produced soccer cleat of all time.

World Cup 86
The World Cup 86 cleat built upon the 1982 version, updated with a sole made more flexible by additional slits, a safer bayonet system for screw-in studs, a longer heel tab and extra padding on the tongue. Some models, like the one requested by German captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, featured the Mexican national colors on the sole.

Etrusco cleat
The cleat of the 1990 World Cup featured an improved sole to provide players with a firmer grip of the middle foot and ankle. The design of the cleat took cues from the Etrusco ball, which was heavily inspired by the ruins of host country Italy. This cleat was an early example of personalization, allowing players to fill in their number on the back heel.

One of the most popular soccer cleats in modern history, the Predator debuted prior to the 1994 World Cup and, at the time, was the biggest revolution in soccer cleat design since the screw-in stud. The cleat featured unconventional rippled fins designed to help players produce greater power, swerve and control of the ball. The new traxion stud technology increased traction and grip improving acceleration and lateral movement.

Predator Accelerator
The cleat improved on the original Predator with a lacing system that created an asymmetrical loop beneath a fold-over tongue. Advances in adidas' Feet You Wear helped the cleat hold the foot more firmly and gave it more playing surface.

Predator Mania
Released in advance of the 2002 World Cup, the Predator Mania included all the best assets of the 1998 edition and added an external heel counter and split outsole. The additions made the cleat lighter than ever.

Predator Absolute
Predator Absolute combined the unbeatable power of Predator technology with interchangeable PowerPulse sockliners to make the cleat the lightest and strongest Predator ever.

2006 - F50 TUNiT
The F50 TUNiT was developed to allow players to customize, adapt and tune their cleats to any weather, field or personal style with three interchangeable components: the upper, the chassis and the studs.

The adipure collection was introduced to meet the needs of soccer players looking for a classic, elegant style that built for modern performance. With high-quality materials, soft leather and a pre-molded sockliner, the cleat provided outstanding comfort and an excellent, natural feel for the ball.

Predator X
Like its predecessors, the Predator X continued to evolve to improve athlete performance. The cleat's Taurus leather was tanned for durability. To slow water absorption, the X-Traction quick-change stud system provided maximum traction and minimal stud pressure while the cleat's powerspine technology optimized kicking power and protect the foot.

At 5.8 ounces the adizero F50 was the lightest cleat in the game when it took the field during the 19th FIFA World Cup. F50 was the first cleat to use adidas' new single-layer upper SPRINTSKIN, designed to significantly reduce weight while still offering stability and lockdown for the foot.

F50 adizero Crazylight 99 grams
The adizero Crazylight cleat weighs a mere 99 grams (roughly 3.5 ounces), allowing players to be lighter and faster than ever on the field of play.