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Review: Adidas Predator Mania Champagne Firm Ground



Finally, they’re back. And, to put it simply, the Predator Mania Champagne boots are simply stunning.

They’ve landed with a pretty hefty price tag, at £249.95, but this latest Adidas offering will be more than worth the money for fans of the much-loved icon of the modern game.

Originally released prior to the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, the announcement of these boot’s release, late last month, has been a very long time coming.

The champagne Adidas Predator Mania Colourway were famously worn by Alessandro del Piero, Raul and David Beckham, all of whom have now retired after illustrious playing careers.

This special addition retains signature details of the original boot, showing off vintage graphics from when it first debuted, while updating the outsole with an innovative and lightweight SPRINTFRAME.

Despite their semi-retro roots, the Manias boast the latest technology for today’s game with a synthetic leather upper, alongside the traditional fold-over tongue.

This is finely complemented by a synthetic inner lining, for added comfort, and conical shaped studs to reduce the overall weight and feel of the boot.

Of course, the Predators are not the only silo available in the Champagne Pack. If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, you cannot go far wrong with the Adidas Copa 17.1.

Additionally, for the same price as the Predators, the similarly stylish ACE 17+ Purecontrol and X16+ Purechaos might take your fancy.

Key Boot Features:

  • Synthetic leather upper with fold-over tongue
  • Synthetic lining for comfort
  • The SPRINTFRAME construction uses geometrical research and a new stud configuration to offer the perfect balance between light weight and stability
  • Control frame around forefoot for better ball control and quick direction changes
  • Heel cage for added stability
  • Transparent firm-ground outsole with improved flexibility in forefoot

Adidas Predator Mania Champagne
The Boot Room's Verdict

The Adidas Predator Mania Champagne edition offers a gorgeous throwback to the days off David Beckham and co. Understated and equally as elegant as the originals released in 2002, these are the perfect remake to mark the Predator's 15th birthday and an even greater choice of footwear ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.


Review: Adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360 Agility FG White/Solar Yellow/Core Black



A ‘Marmite’ boot, perhaps, the Adidas Nemeziz have certainly split opinion since their initial release. Loved by some, and hated by others, even those who fall under the latter category will quickly come round when they handle a pair in person.

Inspired by boxers wrapping their hands before they put on their gloves and ballet, the Nemeziz + 360 Agility utilises Torison Tape and a laceless bandage system to provide a completely new fit experience.

‘Unlock Agility’ is the marketing slogan for Adidas’ latest offering and, as such, they are custom built for those attackers who love to duck and dive outside the reach of their opponents.

Worn by the man renowned for unlocking defences, Lionel Messi, alongside Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, these boots offer security, support and adaptability.

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Thanks to the agility knit upper, the Nemeziz require zero wear-in-time, meaning you are good to go from the off –  you can avoid painful training sessions, in which the boots are moulding to the shape of your feet.

They are light to hold and and sit tight around the foot. Despite being laceless, you get the same level lateral and medial support as you would with any laced boot – if not more, thanks to the foot-hugging Agilityknit 2.0 material.

The Dual Lock Collar ensures superior ankle stability as you change direction, while the lightweight Torsion frame outsole construction features Torsion ribs for support and flexibility when making quick changes in pace and direction on a firm ground surface.

Retailing at £280, they will set you back a significant amount of money. Nonetheless, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, by wearing boots that boast some of the most innovative technology to date, then the Nemeziz are for you.

‘Laceless-ness’ very much appears to be the next step in the development of the modern football boot and, in this respect, Adidas have produced the best effort to date. For those who remain unappeased with the zebra style, white (and black) version, the newly released core black silo may, in fact, be more appealing.

Either way, the comfort and fit provided by the Nemeziz is bound to land a knock-out blow among avid football players ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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