This week, we bring you not one item of footwear but three, each of them coming from an exciting new release from adidas Football and David Beckham: The Capsule Collection.
The iconic former footballer is one of the best-known men on the planet, having a glittering career which spans across his boyhood club and across the globe as he picked up trophies and curled in free-kicks for United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Milan and PSG. He did so all in one famous family of football boots; the adidas Predator.
His career-defining moments are decorated with different pairs of the famous footwear, from his season-opening goal from inside his own half versus Wimbledon in 1996, to him sending England to the World Cup with a last-minute free-kick against Greece. So, you can imagine the feeling for football fans of a certain age when adidas discontinued the Predator line a few years back. As Beckham, himself admits in this interesting short documentary below, it was a moment that resonated with him, too.
But they’ve been brought back to life by adidas and their most famous ex-player, as Beckham has helped to design three new Predator boots; one for the pitch, one for the cage and one for the street.
A tribute to his career, the red, black and white of each boot signify his first love, Manchester United, but also pay tribute to the other clubs whose shirts he adorned like Milan, Madrid and LA Galaxy. The all-white boots are his pitch-perfect choice, explaining that he always felt most comfortable in white footwear. The all-red pair is the exact colour of United’s adidas home shirt this season and comes in as an ideal option for training and small-sided games. The black, intended for a more comfortable, casual wear, are for the street with the blacked out look providing a great contrast to the flamboyance of the white and red pieces that precede them.
Each boot, as the short film shows, is decorated with the finest most intricate details and odes to Beckham’s career, from shirt numbers on the soles of the boot to defining moments stitched into the elastic. This time capsule is a nostalgic release from the brand and one of it’s most important ambassadors, yet with the reworked Predator boot being as forward-thinking and lightweight as many of the new boys on the market, there’s no reason why this new boot won’t be a future classic in its own right.
All versions of the boot are available on adidas’ website.