Their newest boot colorway, if you can call it that, takes all of the aforementioned ideas to a whole new level. adidas have once again partnered with designer Yohji Yamamoto to create a new, unique look for the adizero f50 boot.
According to adidas, the front of the Yamamoto adizero f50 is adorned with "a pair of imperial lion-dogs who, in ancient times, guarded the emperors of Japan who used to live on sacred ground. This traditional design has been placed in the context of Japan's modern sci-fi culture creating a spiritual connection between the past and the future. The result is an unexpected design that draws inspiration from the fashion world in order to make a bold statement on the football field."
Speaking in adidas' press release, designer Yohji Yamamoto explained the boot's styling:
"My inspiration is a mixture of ancient traditions and modern sci-fi from Japanese culture. I hope the inspiration of the boot harmonizes the players and gives them extra confidence to express themselves without any fear. People should feel free to express themselves. Just follow your own instinct."
One thing that you will notice right from the off is that the boot doesn't feature adidas' iconic three stripes. That's because the sportswear giant wanted to give Yamamoto as large a canvas as possible to work with for the boot. The graphic stretches all the way around and while adidas' logo is featured on the back and on the tongue (along with the adizero branding on the latter), it succeeds in not interrupting the design.
The boot will be worn by a number of adidas athletes in the coming weeks, including Bayern Munich's David Alaba, Paris Saint Germain's Lucas Moura, Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, LA Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes, and Red Bull New York's Jonny Steele, among others. The look on some of the athletes' faces when shown the boot really says it all.
While the Yamamoto adizero f50 is a major departure from anything that adidas have done with the f50 since the move to the adizero style in 2010, it is not the first time that they have teamed up to design an f50 boot.
Many will remember the adidas F50 Tunit series that featured interchangeable uppers, studs, outsoles, liners, and more. It was back in 2006, with the F50.6 that adidas and Yamamoto hooked up to create four pairs of animal-inspired boots that came packaged in cages. Those were barely worn on pitches (if at all) and were very rare at launch. They are highly collectible to this date.
The Yamamoto adizero f50 will run you $275 and can be purchased directly from adidas but with only 2000 pairs available for sale, they're sure to go fast.