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Tired of always having to put long socks on before taking the field on Sunday mornings? Fear no more, as rivaling companies Adidas and Nike have released what they call "the cleat that will change football forever". And they're not done yet, at least not the German company; they unveiled a "prototype" of a "hybrid" cleat that comes with an unorthodox attachment.
Adidas & Nike Unveil Hybrid Cleats to Change Soccer Forever
03/06/2014
 
Tired of always having to put long socks on before taking the field on Sunday mornings? Fear no more, as rival companies Adidas and Nike have released what they call "the cleat that will change football forever". And they're not done yet, at least not the German company; as they unveiled a "prototype" of a "hybrid" cleat that comes with an unorthodox attachment.

Adidas teamed up with Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to produce the world's first pair of knitted soccer boots, the Samba PrimeKnit, which will go on sale March 17th for an exorbitant $369. The Liverpool forward is set to take his first steps with the Sambas at Old Trafford on March 16th, and rumor has it that Lionel Messi will too be sporting the same pair of his fellow South American.
Forward a week and things get a touch more "revolutionary", with Nike partnering alongside Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze and other soccer superstars to launch the Nike Magista with FlyKnit technology. Every player gave it what seemed to be a staged, but definitely great review, saying things like: "It's like a second skin," to simply, "It's a true revolution."

Nike claims that "football will never be the same" after the launching of this knitted cleat from heel to toe but only time will tell if it's truly an innovation or more marketing ideas to sell at steep prices. Several athletes will be wearing this shoe but we won't be able to see it until the Champions League Final in Lisbon, Portugal and you can get your hands on the Magistas May 22nd.
If you aren't into Nike's shoe/sock hybrid model, well, it gets worse.

Over on the other side of the market, in Germany, Adidas' manufacturers say "the limited edition PrimeKnit FS is the world's first all-in-one knitted soccer cleat and sock hybrid," but it's still in the "concept model" stage; and let's hope it stays there.

Adidas also claim that, "this unique sock silhouette design will provide a second-skin feel that will offer the perfect fit from toe to calf," and that, "the sock improves ball to foot touch compared to cleats with traditional overlays, edges or laces." 

What do you think? are both brands out of their minds or will they really change soccer forever?
 
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