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Here is the reason why you can't buy your beloved Predators anymore

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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
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Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
General view
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
General view
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

May 18 signaled the end of an era for football boot lovers and in particular those who grew up dreaming about their new pair of Predators but five days before the newest craze hit the shelves, the question still lingers: why did Adidas end their 21-year association with arguably the most recognised sports boot in world sport?

The answer is quite simple according to Michael Fairhurst, an Adidas tech rep who has worked closely with the design of the company’s new line.

After extensive research, Adidas have come to the conclusion that there are just two types of players on every football pitch so in turn, their new boots are designed to cater the needs of both rather than having one design that fits all.

As well as the Predators, f50, 11Pro and Nitrocharge have all also been halted and in their place comes the Adidas ACE and X.

“The f50s and Predators are gone but there is a rationale behind that decision,” Fairhurst insisted.

“We talked to a lot of our key ambassadors – players and managers like Pep Guardiola.

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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

“They’ve now told us that we’ve got two types of player on the pitch. We’ve got the ‘control’ player which you’ve got the ACE boot for and you’ve got your ‘chaos’ player which you’ve got the X boot for.

“Football has changed for a lot of different reasons. If you look at football over the last decade, we’ve had technological influences on the pitch.

“The boots are changing, the surfaces are changing and also if you look at football from an international perspective, the leagues are getting different with more international players coming in, leading to different styles of play.”

Moving with the changes, Adidas have developed two type of boots that are eye catching to say the least but the hope is that the bright illuminous yellow colour on both, catches the attention of professional players and consumers alike.

For the last month, Adidas have been travelling around various different Premier League clubs introducing the new boots and the reaction is said to have been resoundingly positive.

There will undoubtedly be some who will pine for the old, classic look and feel of the Predators but the argument given by Adidas is that from the feedback they have been given, the professionals who have been wearing Predators for years are happily changing because of the advantages that the new product offers.

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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
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Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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So how does your average Sunday league player chose which of the two style of boots is suitable for him or her?

“Pep Guardiola talked about two different types of players,” Fairhurst explained.

“The ‘control’ player likes to dominate things. He’s a rational player. He’s the type of player that a manager will ask to do a specific job for him. They would wear the ACE model.

“The ‘chaos’ player is one who destroys order. They’re that player who you don’t see for a lot of the game but when you do see them, it’s when they do something special. They are game-changers and the X boot is designed for them.

“Previously we have made boots specifically for a position on the pitch but it’s not like that anymore. We’re talking more on a personality front. It depends on which matrix the player feels that he fits into,” he added.

The boots have already been seen in the Champions League final and the Copa America but consumers will have to wait another few days before getting their hands on them.

The key features of the ACE15 include non-stop grip (for all weather conditions), control web (enhances ball control) and ground control (new stud configuration allows for better traction).

The X15 boast techfit collar (elastic collar cock offers compression ankle fit), X-Claw (more studs gives extra traction) and X-Cage (supports high agility movements).

The League of Ireland’s top scorer Richie Towell will wear the X model for Dundalk’s clash with Limerick this evening and if he adds to his tally, don’t be surprised to see some sort of celebration heralding his new footwear.

July 1 is the official launch date for the new boots and they can be preordered from www.lifestylesports.com with both top line models costing €185. Adidas are scheduled to bring out more colours of each boot in the coming months.

It is a brave decision to put an end to the Predator revolution and although the new ranges won’t sit well with many purists, Adidas are confident that they hold the ACE in the pack of the next biggest boot craze.

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Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015
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Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Adidas ACE and X Football Boots Roadshow 25/6/2015 General view Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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