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What is New About the Adidas F50 adiZero Samba?

Samba Collection - F50-adiZero

Along with a new vibrant set of colorways, Adidas made some modifications to their line-up of boots. It is something we frequently see them do, as they look to improve overall performance and stay updated with the ever changing requirements of the game.

[Also: Adidas Samba Collection Released]

Each boot has been given its own color treatment and the level of modification varies by boot. But there is one in particular that has undergone a radical redesign – the F50 adiZero.

Just to note here, we will be referring to this F50 adiZero as the “Samba” version for simplicity, even though that is not the direct naming convention used by Adidas. They are available in a Solar Blue and a Solar Zest colorway – both available for around $200.

Messi in new F50 adiZero

When the best player in the world wears your boots, there is a high level of expectations toward their performance, but there is also a major plus – you have the best player in the world wearing your boots! Having the opportunity to receive feedback from Messi has allowed Adidas to alter several key components to create a more progressive boot. In fact, the changes are pretty extreme and are sure to offer a completely different experience in game.

Here are the new features you can find on the boot, as depicted in the image below.

Dribbletex – A raised pattern on the Vamp designed to improve ball contact in dry and wet conditions.

Speedfoil – A revolutionary material that combines lightweight, softness and durability for a comfortable, yet locked down heel fit.

Speedtraxion – An all new, high speed stud alignment for maximum acceleration and pinpoint changes in direction.

Adidas F50 adiZero Samba

New F50 Stud Config


Sprintskin (a single layer synthetic) and SprintWeb technology through the forefoot has been removed and Adidas has switched to using Hybridtouch – the same material found on the Adidas Predator LZ. It is another bold move that really moves this boot and silo into another dimension. Personally, I find the new stud configuration to be the big talking point and I can’t help but wonder if Robin van Persie’s feedback played a role in Adidas rethinking the placement and shape of each blade. It is on-field where we will really find out and will have a full review available very soon.

The two colorways of the F50 Samba – a Solar Blue and a Solar Zest – are both available for around $200.

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