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adidas are up to their old tricks again. They’ve rolled back the years to deliver another sublime remake that Predator fans will go absolutely mad for. This time it’s a boot that was built for the biggest stage, the World Cup. Japan and South Korea in 2002, to be exact. Oh yes, we’ve got the Japan Blue Mania remake to feast on today.

While popular with the everyday ballers on release 18 years ago, it was actually worn on pitch by pretty few pros with the likes of Japan captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto being given the honour to make the original even more special and exclusive. Not even Predator golden boys David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane were allowed to wear them on pitch with Becks, Mohawk and all, in a white pair and Zizou rocking the classic black Mania in 2002.

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As with the now legendary red Mania remake, you’ve got all the classic features that made the original so special. The gorgeous fold-over tongue, those forefoot fins, Three Stripes on the outside of the foot that wrap underneath, a fully leather upper and a silhouette which has stood the test of time.

Even the insole has a shout out to the original with the elongated three stripes down the centre and Predator branding. Just perfect.

The eagle-eyed will have noticed the striking resemblance in the colours to the Predator Tormentor that launched on Monday. That Predator 20’s colour scheme is also based on the 2002 Japan Blue Mania and has produced one of the best cross-pack releases ever, especially with adi making us wait a few more days for this drop.

The big difference between the 2020 vintage and the 2002 release is the soleplate which is the same as the one on the current generation of Predators. The original had an all-blue soleplate with the classic silver blades on, but the remake has a split construction with white at the forefoot and red at the heel.

Predator Mania Tormentor SQ 01
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This adds a real twist on this Mania compared to the red version which had the more reserved Predator 19 soleplate underneath.

The Three Stripes have also just dropped a trainer version of the Mania with the same styling as the OG boot, minus the tongue strap, and with a comfortable and responsive Boost midsole if you just have to take this timeless style from the pitch to the street.

Predator Mania Tormentor SQ03
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There’s only an FG version of the boot and numbers are limited so head over to the home of the world’s largest bootroom at Pro:Direct Soccer now to cop a pair.

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