Whats With This Colorway
Adidas are back with another exclusive colorway in the F50 adiZero for World Player of the Year Lionel Messi. The design is very abstract on this, with the red portion of the boot looking like a flowing ribbon across the upper, with a mixture of shades throughout. The rest of the upper is a clean white, creating a very dynamic effect that evokes the concept of power and precision. You also get the signature Messi logo on the tongue while his name is listed on the side of the boot.
On a side note, this colorway offers a much better look than the previous exclusive Messi release we were treated to. Of course, I am referring to the Ballon d’Or pair that Adidas released for Messi a few months back. Those boots received a lot of criticism and dissapeared pretty quickly. Where that pair was exclusive to Messi and he wore the only pair, this latest colorway is available to buy as part of a new collection (F50, F30 and F10 soccer cleats plus clothing and accessories all bearing his iconic signature logo).
An Unusual Twist Maybe
We all know by now that Messi is a fan of the leather upper version and has continually worn it over the synthetic version. But what is unusual here is the fact that all the media attention around the release, including Messi talking about them, revolves around the synthetic pair. Does this mean that Messi is making a very unexpected twist and moving from Leather to Synthetic?
That One Red Stud
Anyone spot the one red stud on the soleplate? Well, this is the stud that symbolizes Messi with the 10 white studs around it representing Messi’s teammates. In other words, it is a hidden message to reaffirm the concept that he is only one player in a team, playing for those around him rather than himself. His mantra is “give all for your team.”
The adizero F50 Messi design is a striking combination of red and white – red being Messi’s favourite color and representative of the danger he poses on the field and his fiery passion for the game. The clean white frame of the cleat symbolizes the lightness of hisadizero F50 and Messi’s movements which complement the speed-inspired graphics that represent his blistering pace.
About the F50 adiZero
This is the fourth colorway we have seen in the latest version of the F50 adiZero. The biggest difference between this release and previous adiZeros is a 3D textured pattern on the SprintSkin upper, designed to elevate performance in all weather conditions. This water wicking material and an elevated ridge pattern are intended to allow water to slide off the cleat rather than be absorbed — keeping the foot dry and the cleat light even in heavy rain.
Tested – the Synthetic Version
We have already had a chance to work closely with and test the Synthetic version and they worked out really well. Although the new SprintSkin didn’t seem to add any evident performance benefits, the overall make-up of the boot is impressive. There are minor adjustments compared to the last F50 adiZero, like the more defined heel design and the addition of texture on the upper, but the fundamentals of the boot are pretty much the same.
Most importantly – what are your thoughts on this new Messi exclusive release and would you wear a pair?Find a Pair of Adidas F50 adiZero “Messi” >>