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The Adidas Predator is the ultimate weapon for technical players prioritizing precision and control. Featuring an outsole designed for optimal foot traction, these boots ensure every movement is secure and precise. In this guide, we will dive into the details of their size and fit and address some frequently asked questions. 

History of the Predator

Adidas Predator Guide: Performance, Sizing, History

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Since its debut in 1994, the Predator has earned the name of one of the most legendary football boots ever made. Initially designed by former soccer star Craig Johnston, Adidas acquired and refined the design. Soon after, Adidas released its updated version, including the fold-over tongue and the first boot to feature multiple colorways. Over the years, Adidas has continued to improve the Predator and even reintroduced earlier designs showcasing their creativity and artistry.

What Football Stars Wore the Predator?

The Predator isn't just renowned for its technical and functional genius; it’s also celebrated for its iconic moments in football history. In 1996, “The Predator Touch” gained international fame when David Beckham scored from just inside the halfway line against Wimbledon. As Beckham’s legend grew, so did the Predator. In 1998, the Predator Accelerator was introduced, famously worn by Zidane as he led France to World Cup victory and earned a spot on the All-Star team.

Adidas Predator Guide: Performance, Sizing, History

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Today, the Predator continues making history on modern-day football stars' feet. Jude Bellingham wore the Predator during his 4-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League. Likewise, Trent-Alexander Arnold, known for his creativity and skill, wore Predators when he scored the equalizing goal against Manchester City in his first game after signing with Adidas.

What Position Is the Predator Best For?

The Predator was designed with defenders and center backs in mind. Its lightweight, contoured shape makes it the ideal boot for control and precision. The rubbery brush design on the inside enhances ball grip and spin, making it a favorite among defenders and center-backs. However, due to its unique versatility among positions, Strikers also appreciate the Predator when seeking a boot that offers superior ball control. 

Laced vs Unlaced 

When deciding to purchase the Predator, you are also faced with the decision to have the unlaced or laced versions. The unlaced allows for a smooth slip-on and-off process, making them more snug and eliminating the possibility of moving around on your heel. While the unlaced cleats offer seamless convenience and a snug fit, you can’t tighten them to your preference. Moving to the laced cleats, these can be better for players with a more narrow foot, who appreciate being able to tighten or loosen them as they please. Both options offer great support and comfort and come down to your preference for security in your cleat.

What Outsole is Right for You?

The Adidas Predator has a diverse range of models, each carefully designed with different outsoles tailored to suit the various needs of players and their play environments. Selecting the perfect fit is crucial, as it guards against potential injuries or mishaps that could affect your performance. The Firm Ground Cleat (FG) is ideal for those playing on natural grass. It features studs that are made for greater traction. If you are playing on an artificial grass field, we recommend the artificial grass (AG) or multi-ground (MG) cleats. While still very similar to the FG cleat, the MG features circular and bladed studs that provide a grip perfect for players that balance synthetic and natural grass fields. The TF cleats are best for artificial turf fields, as they have a rectangular studded rubber outsole for enhanced traction. 

How Does The Adidas Predator Fit?

Crafted with HybridTouch, a material engineered for enhanced comfort and feel, the Predator offers a truly snug fit. This innovative material creates a sleek and smooth fit that perfectly adapts to the shape of your feet. With less structured elements throughout the shoe, it eliminates pressure points that can cause discomfort in other shoes. However, be aware that the toe box is narrow. While the Predator does fit true to size, if you are a player who prefers more room in the toe, we recommend sizing up by a half size for added comfort. 

Are Predators Good for Wide Feet?

For the wide feet players, you are in luck! The Predator’s flexible material ensures a snug fit for even broader feet. While the boot offers a decent width, this flexible design enhances comfortability, making it perfect for wide-footed players.

How Do You Break in Adidas Predators?

The Predator’s thin material ensures the shoe becomes more flexible and molds to your feet after a few wears. However, there are some tips and tricks to better break them in. 

  1. Correct Sizing: Make sure your sizing is correct. Predators fit true to size, but as mentioned earlier, if you like a wider toe box, size up by a half. 

  2. Points of Contact: Find where your boots make the most contact with your feet. It varies across players where these are, but these points can cause discomfort. Use Vaseline on the inside of the shoe to help glide against your socks, eliminating any blisters.

  3. Warm Water: Run warm water over the boots before putting them on to loosen up the material and make them easier to wear the first few times. 

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