After being alerted by one of our facebook fans to Dani Alves training in what looked to be a ‘blacked out boot’ during the Barcelona training post earlier today, we thought Dani Alves might be another one on his way to Puma!
But after a bit of digging we can confirm that Alves is still with Adidas and has actually been trying out the new exciting ‘Adidas Predator D5 Control Boot’ which is set to come out in 2012!
Here’s what the guys over at SoccerReviews.com came up with last week…
“We’ve finally found out the name of the new Adidas’ new control boot, plus the specs of what will finally give the CTR360 Maestri some competition.
Introducing the new Adidas Predator D5. It’s not quite the name we expected, but it’s certainly good to see Adidas carry through the Predator name onto another boot line. As much as we’d like to show you guys a picture of the boot, we’ve only got one page off a catalogue that doesn’t even have a picture off the boot. However, we can reveal the specs of the boot today, plus a blackout version of the boot.
First up, the Adidas Predator D5 will be marketed as a boot that can help every aspect of your game. With “5 deadly zones to master all aspects of your game”, the boot supposedly has innovative features that help you to have the advantage over the opposition. We imagine this includes various pods and stripes that will aid ball control and passing accuracy. So in a way, Adidas is virtually glorifying everything that the CTR360 Maestri has done for a few years now.
Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), the upper of the Predator D5 is a newly redesigned synthetic leather upper that allows for “incredible touch, durability and ball feel”. This means that Adidas will not have a single k-leather boot in any of it’s 4 boot silos. The only chance you’ll have of getting k-leather Adidas boots is if you buy a pair of Copa Mundials. I can’t see this being a very popular decision by Adidas. It’s certainly a brave move by Adidas that could work against them.
Now to the outsole, the boot will have a SprintFrame outsole, so very similar to the AdiPower in that sense. Perhaps the only difference between the Predator D5 and the AdiPower is that the D5 has a synthetic upper and has ball control characteristics. Plus the launch colourway of the D5 isn’t too different to the AdiPower too. The launch colourway for the D5 will be Bright Blue/Infared/Collegiate Navy/White. So it’s certainly a garish colourway that Adidas will be launching on the new D5.”