adidas Predator 18.1 Leather Special Editions
Predator fans rejoice! For today marks the release of a very nice surprise indeed: the special edition adidas Predator 18.1 Leather football boots. Available in FG and SG versions, the new leather Pred is the ultimate combination of classic feel and modern design.
Tech-wise it’s identical to the regular Predator 18.1 – that means you get the lightweight comfort of a Sockfit collar incorporating Primeknit, along with touch-enhancing Controlskin in the mid- and rearfoot sections of the upper, and a Controlframe soleplate for stability at high speed. Scroll down to check out what’s sure to be one of the most in-demand boots of the year.
It’s the premium, K-leather vamp that’s the difference-maker here though. Using a similar solution to that seen on the leather ACE 17.1, the leather Predator’s front-end is stitchless, giving you a smooth strike zone for pure ball contact, with subtle ridges underneath the leather to preserve the Pred’s trademark swerve potential.
Let’s be honest, most people buy a leather boot for the comfort-factor, and we’ve got good news on that front too: this version of the Predator is every bit as comfortable as an old-school Pred. It has just the right amount of give, and of course will further adapt to the shape of your foot over time. Further, being a laced-up 18.1, the boot also allows for a customisable fit, so you can go tighter or looser to preference as you rack up more minutes.
Ever since we saw Mats Hummels and Nacho Fernandez trialling a player-exclusive leather edition of the Predator late last year, we’ve been hoping adidas would make a version for the general public. Now, not only have they done just that, but they’ve released it in the Team Mode pack’s traditional red and black colourway that is the silo’s calling card. As a modern take on a boot with over 20 years of history, we couldn’t have asked for much more.
Alternatively, if you prefer a slightly more niche look, the leather Predator is also available in Spectral Mode’s Trace Pink and Energy Mode’s Solar Yellow. Only a very limited number of each of the three colourways has been made – whichever one you go for, you’re getting a bona fide collector’s item.