Adidas of Germany has long been known as the world's best brand of soccer equipment, especially soccer shoes. As a manufacturer, Adidas has exemplified German product excellence and ingenuity, thus helping keep the brand on top. The Adidas F50 soccer shoe is a perfect example of German product innovation at its best. This model improves the widely-accepted earlier model F30 (one set of non-detachable studs, one upper, one bottom) by giving the buyer several options (three sets of detachable studs, two uppers, three bottoms) in one model.
The Origins of the F50
In 1954, the German national team won the most prestigious tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup. All its members wore soccer shoes with detachable cleats, a revolutionary innovation of Adidas, then not yet as well known a brand internationally as it is today. Fifty years later, Adidas introduced the model F50 soccer shoe (the numbers standing for "the Cup won in the 50s" and "50 years later"), as a build-up to Euro Cup 2004.
Improvements Every Year
Since 2004, the model F50 has undergone annual improvements introduced to coincide with the year's biggest soccer event. In 2005, it was the F50+; in 2006, the 50.6 Tunit was introduced for the 2006 World Cup; in 2007, there was an update on design and colors; in 2008 came the 50.8 Tunit for Euro 2008; and in 2009, the 50.9 Tunit was used by Argentinian Lionel Messi in the Champions League final won by Messi's Barcelona.
Basic F50 Characteristics
A soccer shoe with detachable cleats, the F50 provides 3 alternative sets of studs for three ground conditions: normal-length for firm, long for soft and short for hard. In addition, there are two alternative uppers, the "Climacool" for hot weather and the "Climawarm" for cold weather. The chassis can also be switched around between comfort, lightweight and performance. All these can be purchased separately and the boots are easy to upgrade and repair.
Other F50 and F30 Characteristics
The F50 is expensive at a price range of $139-195 (compared with the $62-85 for the F30) and one still has to purchase the options separately. Both models have stylish looks and come in a variety of colors. The uppers are soft and comfortable, made of kangaroo leather and reinforced mesh. An innovative lace cover and system for lacing provides more area for kicking. The outsoles are light and durable and the studs are made of synthetics that give good grip and comfort on playing surfaces.
Shoes For Serious Footballers
Beginners and weekend-footballers normally have just one pair of shoes. More serious players playing through several seasons prefer to have a pair for hard ground and one for softer ground. The F50 gives footballers these options, and more, in one pair. A single F50 with all the options cannot strictly be compared to a single-option F30 as each of the options of the F50 would be rated differently by each user.
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