When the original Adidas Predator Mania was released in 2002, it was considered the finest football boot on the planet. Wore by the likes of Beckham, Zidane and Gerrard, it was the boot you begged borrowed and stole to own. It might have been eight years since the series' original iteration, but the Predator remained streets ahead of the field in the boot game. Now you can get your hands on a pair in a limited edition update that drops on December 10.
Best news for old-school souls is that the 2019 edit is almost identical to the original, offering the same k-leather, the same low-slung tongue – white socks essential – the same David Beckham doing the modelling. The only real difference is the soleplate that’s had a 2019 update to ensure it’s offering the best performance of any nostalgia boot out there.
While there’s an argument to say it’s the best, this is by no means the first Predator reissue out there. The 20th anniversary of the original boot in 2014 saw the Adidas Predator Revenge Packs, and four separate modernised versions of the boots – including the Instinct and Accelerator boots.
Up next, albeit three years later, was an edit for the 15th anniversary of the Adidas Predator Mania Champagne version worn by Beckham in the 2002 World Cup. There have been numerous others since, although the aim now appears to be less a modernised version, more as close to a replica as possible. Which takes us back to the Predator Mania OG boot.
A traditional lace closure offers enhanced lockdown while the premium k-leather upper identical to the original ensures maximum touch and control. Perfect for the tough ground of the Middle East, the Predator 19+ Controlframe outsole with hybrid stud tips gives optimised stability on firm ground.
The Predator Mania OG is available to buy in limited quantities from December 10 at FTW Supply store in Dubai Mall and adidas.ae