The Evolution of the adidas Soccer Boot

Creating innovative products has been adidas’ mission since the beginning. Since the early 1950s, the company has strived to be the best sports company in the world. Before we got to laceless, premium k-leather boots, we needed structure and stability. And it all began with the creation of a lightweight soccer boot that incorporated a nylon sole and screwable studs.

Here’s a look into the evolution of adidas’ soccer boots:

In 1954 we were introduced to the argentinia, a sleek and innovative design that sported adidas’ famous 3 stripes.

The impact footwear would have on the game forever changed in 1982 as adidas introduced the COPA boot. The COPA franchise would become a best-seller and helped define the future of innovation and footwear design.

Power, control and collaboration came together in full force with the introduction of the Predator in '94.  The boot's intricate design was fueled by the power of David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.  The game, the player and the endorsement would never be the same.

adidas turned its attention to speed in 2004 with the creation of the f50 trx boot. The f50 would eventually evolve into the X, the lightest, fastest boot on the adidas lineup.


By 2016, adidas became a triple threat with the introduction of the Nemeziz and its partnership with Leo Messi. Messi’s boots evolved into the sleek laceless design we’ve come to expect from adidas.

With 2020 only a few months away, we can’t wait to see the next decade of adidas design and innovation unfold.

Special thanks to adidas for providing the timeline.
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