There are football cleats and then there are football cleats. Designed for Adidas by award-winning Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, these Adidas AdiZero F50 Imperial lion-dog’s are taking football cleat design to a whole new level.
This weekend professional football players from around the world will wear these special Adidas cleats in matches. Look out for the yellow lion-dogs on the feet of Gyasi Zardes of LA Galaxy, Jonny Steele of New York Red Bulls, Lucas Moura of Paris Saint-Germain and Naohiro Ishikawa of FC Tokyo.
A limited edition series, the front of the bright yellow cleats show a pair of imperial lion-dogs who, in ancient times according to Japanese mythology guarded the emperors of the land of the rising sun. This traditional design and Japan’s modern sci-fi culture used to create a divine connection between the past and the future. Yamamoto hopes his design will inspire players to play and express themselves without any fear.
Released last Friday, Adidas AdiZero F50 imperial lion-dog cleats are now available in Adidas stores. If you really want a pair, you better hurry up – only 2,000 pairs are made. Price €300 (approx. $415) per pair.