Nike and Adidas may have lost the plot

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The beautiful game has developed and evolved so much recently that the shape of the ball seems to be the only constant throughout the footballing years.

The days of braces and distinctly tasteful moustaches have long gone and we are left with an age of elastic waistbands and questionable haircuts.

Despite these changes, the specific evolution in footwear seems to be the most notable advancement in modern football with increasing competition between the powerhouse brands Nike and Adidas.

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Nike have put in years of scientific research in a desperate attempt to to move away from the original ankle high boot design of the 1830s and are constantly inventing new boots in their mercurial range, having released 13 boot variations since 1996

'Born from years of R&D' Nike have come to a 'new revolutionary boot design' which, amazingly, is an ankle high boot.

Yes, after years of working away to develop new, revolutionary designs, Nike have come to the conclusion that, actually, the original boot design of nearly 200-years-ago, is best.

Their new Superfly IV boot is the first ankle high boot of their mercurial range, but shares that similarity with the steel-toed studded workboots of the early 19th century.

Despite this similarity, this boot cannot be viewed as a giant leap back. The boot design is, in fact, revolutionary.

The three-knit weave is brand new introduction to the mercurial range, supposedly enhancing touch by putting less material between the ball and the foot, with the added studs on the boot's heel and toe there to improve stability and grip.

With Nike somewhat going back to the basics, Adidas seem to be losing the plot a little bit.

Interesting designs

The brand, synonymous with their 'three-stripe' logo, have recently released a new, multicoloured all knitted boot, which Luis Suarez has been seen wearing for Liverpool.

The Samba primeknit boots supposedly offer a 'socklike' feel with great comfort and flexibility, a surprising factor to take into account when designing a football boot.

Amazingly, this isn't their most ludicrous idea. No, Adidas have released, what has been dubbed, a boot/sock hybrid, with aesthetics that can only be compared to a black wellington boot. Although the idea sounds simple enough, I doubt anybody would be seen walking onto a football pitch wearing a pair of these.

The release of these 'revolutionary' boots can be interpreted in different ways. Some may say that these are the boots of the future and that, for generations to come, we will be sporting some ankle, knee, or even hip high boot/sock/short combinations.

Others may discard these boots entirely and wait for the next 'revolutionary' design to rival the impact the adidas predator had on the world throughout the 90's and 00's, but who knows how long that will be?

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