Tag Archives: #Predator

Nike or Adidas?

This is an endless battle between two very succesfull sport brands! We all loved the old school Nike Mercurials and Adidas Predators. I have to admit that I gave up my hope sligthly with Adidas when they announced in 2014 that they would stop making Predator and F50… 


Nike continued strongly with developing the Mercurial range and also creating two new models Magista and Hypervenom. For me the new Mercurial Superfly V, Hypervenom Phantom III & Magista Obra II are one of the best boots Nike have produced in the last years! As I have been wearing Mercurial for most time of my career, I’m happy to see that they are developing the boots all the time.


If the years 2014-2015 were a slight dissapointment from Adidas then they really pushed up things in 2016! Some great boots as the Ace16+ PureControl with laceless technology and X16+ PureAgility to battle as a speed boot against Mercurial!


So both brands are once again seriously compeating of providing players with the best boot options! This is important as competition is the only way to improve your own products.

Adidas Predator Mania Sg – Rugby Edition

Got these few days ago, certainly one of the rarest boots I come across in the past years! The boots are Adidas Predator Mania SG, with the screw in stud pattern. These are Rugby edition football boots and worn by Olly Barkley. 


(Picture by: gettyimages.co.nz, David Rogers)

Barkley plays as fly-half at London Welsh. Fun fact about Barkley is that he played for his country before making his actual debut at Bath Rugby team.


There is few things that makes these boots very sought after:

  • The rubber fins on the tongue instead of stiched Adidas stripes
  • They are made in Germany
  • There is more stiching around the upper



I think Adidas should have added the extra rubber stripes on the tongue on the retail version as well. Such a cool looking boot!

Adidas Predator Mania Remake 2017

This boot was the main subject everyone talked about this week, the Predator Mania remake from the Adidas “Champagne Pack”. They were released the 3rd of May. I tired to buy a pair but again, third time a row with limited releases, didn’t manage to get to buy s pair… The boots was released at Adidas websitenaround 8.00 GMT and I queued 50 minutes until it said “Sold Out”. Then I got a new chance on Pro-Direct Soccer around 9.02 GMT and added a pair to my basket and paid, I were not over thrilled as I had been in the same situation many times 😛 6 hours later I get a mail from Pro-Direct Soccer saying “Sorry you missed out”… Nothing new here xD


As usually you find the boots on eBay, where people trying to sell the same boots that were released few hours ago, asking for a good profit ofcourse. Some of them will sell for a high price and some will probably end selling for closer to the retail price in few months. 

To cheer up a bit I took the time to photoshoot the original Adidas Predators with the real tongues! 


From the first Adidas Predator Rapier 1995 with folded tongue, ending with the Adidas Predator Powerswerve in 2008-2009.

Few of my favourites in the past years:


Adidas Predator Accelerator Sg, 1998 (Made in Germany with 8 studded soleplate)


Adidas Predator Mania Sg, 2002 (Made in Germany)


Adidas Predator Precision Sg, 2000 (Made in Germany and worn by Abelardo as central defender in Barcelona)

Adidas Predator Accelerator Sg “Made in Germany”!

My newest addition to the collection. Definitely one of the rarest Adidas Predator boots ever made, measured to meet the players foot size with high quality leather. The boots are made in Germany, public ones are made in Indonesia. 


Compared to the public releases these boots got a softer and thinner leather with more stiching, making them slightly lighter and stronger. Adidas also added a rubber strap to keep the tongue on place. Also the tongue is longer than normally and can be folded lower.


Most special thing about these are ofcourse the soleplate with 8 screw in studs, providing a better grip. 

Such a beautiful boot and really thankful for owning this pair in excellent condition!

Top 10 Pickups of 2016!

So the list continues with my 4 of best pickups this year!

Number 4:
Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg 1998. This boot was one of my projects this year and they are custome made to look like the Mercurial that Brazilian Ronaldo (R9) wore in the World Cup 1998! 


Number 3:

Adidas Predator Mania Sg “Blackout” edition! I dare to say these are the rarest Predator Manias made, even the Japan Blues will be at 2nd place!


Number 2:

Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg “EA-Sport” edition, limited edition only 1500 made!

One of the best looking boots!


Number 1:

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR SE Sg-Pro!

Took a while for me to find these for a reasonable price. Limited to 100 pairs in the world, my pair is numbered 63 of 100!


Can’t wait to see what new comes in 2017!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top 10 Pickups of 2016!

So as some of you know I’m every year making a list of my Top 10 Pickups of the year, not top releases of the year but boots that I have bought!

So here is the boots so far:

10. Adidas Ace17+ PureControl Fg Custome painted


9. Nike Hypervenom Phantom SE “Transform” limited edition 560 pairs made with heat-active upper!


8. Nike Mercurial Superfly IV “What The Mercurial”, released in early 2016 and hit the world with a crazy colourway consisting of 16 past Mercurial colours!


7. Adidas Predator Accelerator 1998 Sg “Made in Germany”, only one word: Rarest Predators!


6. Adidas F50 99 Gram, limited edition 181 of 299 pairs made. World’s lightest boots ever made, only 99g!


5. Nike Mercurial SL Fg, entirely made of carbon-fibre! Limited edition 1059 of 2008 pairs made.


Keep an eye on my blog and InstaGram @toffem for the best of the best in my Top 10 Pickups of 2016!

Restored Adidas Predator Precision Sg “CL-Edition”

About one month ago I bought myself these used Adidas Predator Precision Sg in the sought after “Champions League” edition. I paid £50+shipping and I knew back then that these boots got some potential, although they looked quite beaten up. But it’s always fun with some small projects right?


The issues the boots had was: 

  • The aluminium studs were totally broken
  • The white colour was faded 
  • The silver colour from the stripes were faded
  • The soleplate was coming off in some parts

All these issues were fixed step by step. Every project starts with a good clean up!

Then the studs were replaced with new ones and the parts off the soleplate that were coming off I simply heated up the plastic and slowly pressed it back on place by using two-component glue. After this it was time for the paintjob. Luckly I found few years back a great local airbrush artist (maalinetti.com) in my home city who also does these kind of jobs. 

The final result was perfect! This is how they turned up!


It’s always worth to restore old boots if possible!