Over the weekend, adidas dropped a bombshell in the footwear world with the release of the Predator 30, a special edition boot that not only commemorates 30 years of game-changing innovation but also revives one of the most cherished features of the Predator series – the Foldover Tongue. For those who remember the iconic Predator Mania, Precision, and PowerSwerve, this is a nod to the golden era of football boots, where goal scoring legends were born.
Let’s dive into what makes the Predator 30 more than just a pair of boots:
The Legendary Foldover Tongue Returns
The foldover tongue was more than just a feature; it was a symbol of a whole generation’s goal scoring flair. And now, it’s back with a vengeance – softer, equipped with rubber fins, and a tongue strap that lets players style it their way.
A Design That Honors Its Roots
The Predator 30 isn’t just about reliving the past; it’s a homage to the journey. The design is speckled with elements that celebrate the franchise’s rich history, including the iconic Predator ‘Eyes’ logo under the tongue. The colourway? A luxurious burgundy intertwined with the classic red, black, and white, symbolizing 30 years of heritage.
Limited Edition – Only 1994 Pairs
This is where exclusivity meets history. With only 1994 pairs available, a nod to the year the first Predator made its debut, each pair comes in a premium box complete with a commemorative gold plaque showcasing the most iconic Predators in history.
Not Just a Throwback
While the Predator 30 salutes its predecessors, it’s not stuck in the past. Based on consumer and athlete feedback, Adidas has fine-tuned this model to maximize goal scoring confidence, setting the stage for an entirely new Predator model slated for January 2024.
Sam Handy, VP Product and Design at adidas Football, encapsulates this sentiment perfectly:
“The Predator franchise revolutionized football boots in terms of performance and marketing. This new release is our way of resetting and bringing back those elements that first made Predator a superstar – its iconic look, enhanced feel, and a laser focus on goal scoring.”
Jude Bellingham: The First to Don the Predator 30
The Predator 30 had its on-pitch debut worn by none other than Jude Bellingham, marking a historic moment in the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and Napoli on November 29th.
Get Ready to Grab Yours
For those eager to get their hands (or feet) on these limited-edition boots, mark your calendars for December 8th. Priced at €350, your last chance to secure a pair will come on adidas.com – they already sold out of pairs on SOCCER.com.