Over the years, we have seen some major innovations in football boots—from Nike’s FootballX series to Adidas’ Cage & Court collection, it’s evident we have come a long way since Adidas released the original Samba in the 1950s. And with more companies jostling for a piece of the soccer market, as well as targeting street football and futsal arenas, it’s certain we will continue to see more advancements in form, fit, design, and aesthetics.

We surveyed some of the most game-changing innovations in boot technology from over the past decade to see the inspired evolution of football footwear. Check out the designs that have pushed the shoe game to new heights and are enabling ballers to perform at ever-increasing levels.

Intro

This new product will hopefully be the next new thing not just for football but for other sports as well. Their has been products like the Adidas microchip in the past and that was a success but not everything is perfect. The problem with this was people wee breaking their own chip by standing on it without even noticing and another problem was with the people loosing the chip. This new chip inside the stud of the chip will avoid these problems because the chip will be implanted inside the stud. You will have nothing to worry about loosing it because the stud will be tightened before every use.

People will want to have one of these to measure their own performance. They want to know what they need to improve on during their performance in whatever sport that maybe.

The chip lets you track your performance during a match, highlighting 360-degree movement, so not just linear action as per similar setups for runners. It collects data on your speed and distance and, when paired with the Speed Cell software, gives you a detailed breakdown of your performance including your average speed, the distance you covered, the time you spent walking, the number of sprints and so on. It teams up with a USB dongle that operates over a wireless connection when the boots are nearby.

“Interactive technologies and services are giving us an understanding of the way people train, the way people play and the way in which we can help them get better through that training and their performance,” said Drabble.

“Data streams are everywhere today in the world and it’s data that’s helping us to understand the way people and technologies perform in comparison with our attributes. Data helps us solidify our understanding of an event or an activity that may be taking place, it helps us distinguish between what is true and false and helps us eliminate doubt.”

The idea, Drabble explained, is not only for players to track their own performances, but to compare their stats to other players, including the pros – via an online portal. The data can be viewed on this website or also through dedicated mobile apps (iOS and Android) that also have a game built-in featuring an avatar who is powered up by your achievements.

Pocket-lint’s stats were skewed slightly by the fact that we went in goal for the last 10 minutes whilst protecting a 3-1 lead. Needless to say, our performance throughout the match was Messi-esque, with some Roy Keane-like leadership thrown in for good measure.

Our verdict on the boots – they’re fantastic and feel so light that you almost feel like you are running in bare-feet. Bare-feet with incredible grip and control, that is, thanks to the Sprintweb, Sprintskin and Sprintframe technology built-in.

But the colour-scheme – bright orange and yellow – is probably not for us. We lied about being Messi-esque. In fact we lied about our Roy Keane-like leadership skills. The only boots suitable for a Sunday league clugger like us is a pair of black ones. In fact, the prototype black pair that Adidas had on show (and which young Lionel has been sporting, secretly, ahead of the official launch) would have sufficed.

We didn’t lie about going in goal for 10 minutes though. That really happened. We drew 3-3 however, so the 3-1 lead never stayed intact.

Drabble also gave us a taste of what might be to come with the next generation of intelligent boot – one that would be able to record touches, tackles, shots and so on.

“With every year that goes by there’s a new innovation and new forms of technology that might enable us to take it to the next level,” he explained. “This is one piece of the puzzle that we’re now putting into place in respect to understanding speed and distance performance and actually integrating that into a boot.

“There’s a whole conversation about power and sensing elements to be further investigated. We’re happy to say that we’re looking at other alternatives for understanding how people play through both technological and physiological aspects.”

The Adizero f50 powered by miCoach will be available in November. It’ll cost €245 if you want the Speed Cell and the dongle bundled in.

Environment-Friendly Boots

The Nike GS boot is the first ever environment-friendly football boot to be created and is also the lightest boot ever at 160 g. Nike GS is made with optimized renewable and recycled materials. The bio-based traction plate is mainly composed of castor beans to upgrade the boot’s strength and flexibility on pitch. The sock liner is made of 100% castor beans. Nearly 70% of the lining, laces, and tongue are made of recycled materials while the toe board and collar are made of 15% recycled materials.

The bio-based traction plate is designed with a high-performance chassis that has a very responsive and agile shape, and a basic diamond-silhouette spine to aid agility. The sole plate is lighter than conventional ones as it is made of 50% renewable Pebax® Renew and 50% TPU. The studs are anatomically positioned to increase speed and flexible movement on the pitch.

The Kanga-Lite synthetic upper is solvent-free and provides zonal reinforcement to improve touch and control. The upper provides exceptional support to the mid-foot and arch area. The sock liner is lightweight and chemical-free as it is made of only castor beans and provides a comfortable tight fit as many layers have been eliminated. Another important feature is the anatomical and asymmetrical heel counter and heel bucket. These aid in locking the foot down and enhancing stability and support. The counter is made of Pebax® Renew which is derived from castor bean oil.

Boots That Have a Brain

Formerly known as ‘The Blackouts’, the adiZero F50 miCoach boots has now come to be known as ‘The Boot With a Brain’.

The adiZero F50 has a cavity within the outsole to house the innovative miCoach Sensor, which is a type of data capturing chip. It captures 360° movement and measures the following performance metrics:

  • Speed
  • Average speed (recorded per second)
  • Maximum speed (recorded per 5s)
  • Number of sprints
  • Distance covered
  • Distance at high intensity levels
  • Steps and stride rates.

The on-board memory can store 7h of data relating to the player’s performance during a game or training, and transmits it wirelessly to a tablet, PC or MAC. The data can also be loaded to existing training plans via the miCoach website. Then it is integrated into customized coaching programs exclusively created for a player. Every player aspires to improve their game, and this boot is a progressive tool that helps analysis of performance making it easier to set tailor-made goals.

Adidas is extending the new miCoach range to other sports such as basketball and running.

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