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Our fourth and final installment of our Booting Around series with Industrial Designer Dongwoo Shin focuses on one of Europe’s attacking beasts, Uruguay’s Luis Suárez. In what was arguably his best year of football so far, Suarez came back from a string of unsightly incidents that marred the end of his previous season. While his willingness to win at all costs and his competitive nature can be linked to his upbringing on the streets of Uruguay, his success on the pitch seemingly earned the respect of fans around the world. His sheer power and technical ability is one of the many reasons Liverpool had such a great season but it is also his leadership qualities that helped the players around him step up their game. Furthermore, despite being out for a month due to knee surgery, the striker came back to haunt some of his Premier League peers with a brace of goals for Uruguay to effectively squash England’s hope of qualification.
The conception of the adidas f50 adiBEAST was therefore the perfect boot for such an enigmatic player as Luis Suárez – the supporting elements on never-before-seen Three Stripe cupsole providing the necessary support weight to support ratio relative to Suárez’s style. While some may argue a player of Suárez’s caliber could be just as effective in a pair of Copa Mundials, he lets his feet do the talking so the minimalist nature of the boot in a simple and clean format follows adidas and the f50 series’s DNA. Clean, strong and effective, this is the adidas f50 “adiBEAST” Boot.
Booting Around is a four-part series that explores the concept of signature model football boot design in collaboration with Industrial Designer Dongwoo Shin. It discusses the reasons why we have yet to see a specific boot made with only a single player in mind. We have boots for certain positions but we don’t have a player model like a LeBron or a Durant. Booting Around looks to answer that.