It is the blackout boot spot that has captivated the boot community. German international Sven Bender brought out one of the more interesting blackout boots of the year, and adidas did not do a very good job of keeping it quiet with the addition of the yellow tape across the midfoot of the boot. It has certainly raised questions and speculation, but we run our eye over the possibilities of what these mysterious boots could be.
There also appears to be some sort of technology on the instep of the boot, perhaps working as a pass pad of sorts. Plus you have the Sprint Frame outsole and the exclusion of a miCoach cavity, which we think is a very interesting decision. So let us break it down, here is what the boot could be as we rate each potential possibility.
Definitely going to rule this one out straight away. It does not look anything like a potential adiZero due to the technology on the upper and within the instep, plus it looks a little on the heavy side. An adiZero would be a clean one piece upper, but there are multiple sections to this boot. Not only that, we have seen images of the adiZero that will be released at the end of this year and it looks nothing like Sven Bender’s blackout boots. It looks amazingly unlikely to be an adiZero to us.
The next adiPure
Another possibility we think we can safely rule out. Much like the adiZero, the adiPure line never moves away from it’s traditional roots. While the removal of K-Leather on the adiPure 11Pro may have changed the ‘heritage’ conception of the boot, Bender’s boots look way too futuristic for it to be an adiPure boot. The only thing that would suggest it to being an adiPure boot would be what appears to be leather trim on the toe of the boot. Not enough to suggest it is an adiPure to us.
The next Predator
We highly doubt it is an adiPure or an adiZero, which really leaves the Predator as the only likely candidate. While the boot does not come with the classic Predator vamp, there is definitely more to suggest this is a Predator more than it being an adiPure or adiZero. There seems to be some sort of technology within the instep, the quilted upper suggests it is made of leather, it has the same Sprint Frame outsole as the Predator LZ, it does add up to it being a Predator boot. Just looking at the pictures suggests it is a comfortable boot that will probably emphasise on ball feel. Considering the Predator LZ is being marketed as a ‘Control’ boot, this definitely has properties about it to suggest it could be another ‘Control’ boot, or to put it simply, a new Predator. Definitely the favourite.
A brand new 4th silo from adidas
While we do think Bender is wearing an early Predator prototype, the boot does not sport the classic Predator vamp, which is evidence to suggest that Bender could be testing a new 4th silo for adidas. Nike have had 4 silos for quite a while, but it is something adidas is yet to capitalise on. Considering the Predator LZ is being touted as a ‘Control’ boot, the yellow taping across the midfoot could have rebound properties, which means this could even be a ‘Power’ boot. It is hard to say whether this will be a ‘Control’ or a ‘Power’ boot, but if it is a ‘Power’ boot, then we could be looking at a 4th silo from adidas. This would also mean that it will be released in tandem with the LZ. But if it is a ‘Control’ boot, it will replace it. We are leaning towards it being a Predator, but it is a close call.
Soccer Reviews will keep delving into the situation, and we will break any news we hear about a new Predator or a 4th silo on the site. What do you think adidas’ new prototype boot is?