When the news broke that Adidas were discontinuing the Predator and the F50, we, like everyone else, mourned the loss of the utterly iconic Adidas Predator.
And with good reason, the Predator is seen by many as the best boot-line ever produced, but it saddened us to see such little love for the F50, which was also a brilliant series of boots that sold very well for Adidas down the years.
That is the reason why we have put together this timeline of the F50, and photos of some of our very favourite pairs.
It started in 2004 with a great idea to cover the laces.
A strong start for the F50, this was innovative and easy on the eyes. The white/blue colourway in particular was fantastic.
Then came the Tunit, and all sorts of customisation.
The first F50 tunit was a little boxy, but you could buy a premium pack which came with three different colour boots, three types of in-sole, and three types of studs, which had never been done before.
The tunit then saw a few variations before they went in a different direction.
The boot peaked with the F50+ "Spiders" who many still cherish to this day.
And it delivered. A fantastic boot that was ridiculously light at just 165 gramms.
The Adizero then became the standard for the F50, which turned out to be good:
Then good again:
Before they felt they could no longer innovate when they dropped to 150 gramms in weight, and the best touch on the ball seen in the series:
One last attempt, in which the boots looked like a snakeskin, didn't go down too well...
And that was it. Adidas announced earlier this month that they will no longer produce the F50.