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Football Boots > Football Boots Vault - adidas F50.6 Tunit Football Boots



With the upcoming release of the new adidas F50 adiZero football boots, the SoccerBible has been taking a retrospective look at some of the predecessors in the adidas F50 series.

 

We continue our countdown with a retrospective look at the adidas F50.6 Tunit Football Boots, which introduced the Tunit system allowing players to truly customise their boot configuration...

 

 

The adidas F50.6 Tunit followed on from the hugely popular F50+ football boots, and were released in late 2005 and made available in early 2006. An innovative concept, the F50.6 Tunit enabled players to customise their boot configuration for optimum playing performance, no matter what the playing surface, colour requirement or personal weight preference.

 



We've chosen the Electric Yellow/Blue colourway to focus on for this feature, one of 6 launch colour releases. The series went on to include a further 4 colours, plus the limited release World Cup Upper editions. But more on those later...

 

By the time the adidas F50.6 Tunit football boots were released, the F50 range had picked up quite a following among some top players, boasting such world class players as Arjen Robben, Ashley Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Djibril Cisse, Damian Duff and Jermain Defoe as wearers.



 

There were a variety of adidas F50.6 Tunit uppers available in a multitude of colours and materials. The lightweight adiHex synthetic upper combined with either a 'Pro-Lite Speed' or 'Comfort' Chassis, to significantly reduce the weight of the boot whilst adding increased flexibility and speed of movement.

 

 

adidas included a "ClimaCool" version at launch, which featured customary air holes and breathable fabric - however it is fair to say these were recommended for hot, dry days only! We say this as one of our very own SoccerBible team will be able to share the squelching and water-filled experience when eager to try out his new ClimaCool F50.6 boots one cold, wet February back in 2006...



The lightweight adiHex 3D micro-fibre synthetic upper also provided superb ball touch and feel, combined with excellent strength and match durability. Once again adidas incorporated a lace-cover, although for the F50.6 this cover was more pronounced with a more rigid structure for shot strike.



The adidas F50.6 Tunit football boots were fully interchangeable, and could be built upon arrival at the ground depending on playing conditions. As well as either a 'Pro-Lite Speed' or 'Comfort' Chassis, the brand new adidas Tunit system incorporated more traditionally shaped 'Soft Ground', 'Firm Ground' and 'Hard Ground' Studs.

 

An ingenious boot and player flexibility that was ground-breaking in the world of football boots at the time, as the adidas F50.6 Tunit 'Components' could all be purchased separately to create a bespoke football boot.


 

For the 2006 World Cup in Germany, adidas certainly made the most of the component system by releasing a limtied run of "International" themed uppers, 32 in all. Every country that competed during the Finals had a F50.6 upper created, styled using the traditional national colours, as well as emblems and icons on the heel or around the boot.

 

 

 The idea was that one player on each time would sport the boot. In reality however this didn't seem to be the case and but it did mark an innovative use of the component system on adidas' part.

 

 

Whether these boots will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but even four years on the concept - if not necessarily the execution - were a revolutionary attempt at changing the way us consumers thought about our boots for the season.

 

We'll let you be the judge as to whether the Tunit series, which allowed players to create a boot tailored to meet the demands of their game - to TUNIT their way - was a success or not...

Stay tuned to the SoccerBible as we continue our countdown of the adidas F50 range, to see how the boots have progressed before our official and exclusive unveiling of the next generation of adidas F50 football boots!

Only published comments... Apr 23 2010, 12:00 PM by Editor

Comments

 

culo023 said:

how to order one of these????

April 23, 2010 2:26 PM
 

Aaron-o said:

Es lo primero que hace bien adidas! XD

April 23, 2010 3:57 PM
 

Guigsz said:

siiiiick!!!!!!!!!

April 23, 2010 4:53 PM
 

Ivar14 said:

i remember these the look very good!!!!

April 23, 2010 5:05 PM
 

forward496 said:

The worst f50 so far.

April 23, 2010 5:29 PM
 

SkilletBoi said:

AHHHH the beauties, me and my mates used to send pictures to each other of these bad boys, ive got a pic of every world cup colorway in a document in my email, just looked atthem, sooooo good and it brought back  memories of the old prodirect soccer when the pics were taken in what looked like a stadium :)

April 23, 2010 10:31 PM
 

ECHS said:

Wow, I've had those and these was really good. Didn't like the tunit though.

April 24, 2010 11:52 AM
 

F.A Cup Glory said:

 brilliant colourways with this boot... not a great boot though

April 24, 2010 12:30 PM
 

Noname133 said:

I love it. I wish they still sold it want it real bad.....

April 24, 2010 12:40 PM
 

pongo16 said:

had pretty much all of the f50's and these were my least favourite, didnt like the huge square toe.

April 24, 2010 1:39 PM
 

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

These are pretty cool

April 24, 2010 1:41 PM
 

AE7 said:

Yeah they are

April 24, 2010 3:37 PM
 

pcm19 said:

love the green ones

April 24, 2010 3:53 PM
 

JG10 said:

They look yock. And im an F50 fan

April 24, 2010 4:50 PM
 

YBJ_92112 said:

one player on each *time* dont u mean team... lol

these boots were ok but nothing compared 2 the vaspor 3's at the time

April 24, 2010 7:13 PM
 

Tiki said:

there were loads of these ones

April 24, 2010 8:19 PM
 

RomanZ said:

AMAZING BOOTS! I had these in turf version years ago

April 24, 2010 9:01 PM
 

Jorge 11 said:

the best color ways for f50s

April 24, 2010 9:15 PM
 

NP9 said:

I had the black version and didn't like it at all. Stud pressure hurted my feet and the lace cover was just horribly made and would open itself during matches (that was improved in the F50.7 by closing one side of the cover). I think that this was the worst F50 so far.

April 24, 2010 9:16 PM
 

Nik Anelka said:

i have this!!!

the black/red one...

April 25, 2010 1:32 AM
 

football not soccer said:

introduction of TUNiT System = the beginning of the end for the F50 series....

April 25, 2010 3:46 AM
 

xxasherdonxx said:

i have a mexico upper that has never been used before.

April 25, 2010 9:08 AM
 

Steven4vapor said:

Had em and hated em

April 25, 2010 9:11 AM
 

Leijdyboi said:

The worst F50 by far, ridiculous. Feels like there's no focus on doing well on the pitch, it's just about the design, and the fact that you could rebuild and change them, nothing but a toy boot... Clearly Adidas wasn't thinking very much when they released this boot, it sucks

April 25, 2010 10:27 AM
 

enatron said:

was never a fan of these.

April 25, 2010 11:19 AM
 

AJ-STYLZ said:

loved these

April 25, 2010 4:41 PM
 

TommyGun said:

In my opinion, that is one ugly boot.

April 25, 2010 5:59 PM
 

JPCFC96 said:

They shud bring these bak they had sum sick colourways!!!!!

April 25, 2010 7:13 PM
 

torres13 said:

whats with the toe????

everything else is nice

April 25, 2010 9:45 PM
 

stricker32 said:

The one shoes for every team in the world cup is pretty cool.

April 25, 2010 10:36 PM
 

gak8 said:

green is nice

April 25, 2010 11:41 PM
 

PhilV said:

I used to have the one in the very first pic, nice boot to wear but it was damn ugly in my opinion, the 50.7 was perfect though!

April 26, 2010 7:13 AM
 

martincillo_mexico said:

who was the 32 selected players to wore the special edition in the world cup ??????

April 26, 2010 11:36 PM
 

martincillo_mexico said:

this and the 50.7 the best !!!

April 26, 2010 11:37 PM
 

EDITYA_7 said:

remember adebayor, messi, robben, podolski wear this boot for the 1st time when they show to up...

April 27, 2010 4:23 AM
 

Constan 22 said:

I had the Australia edition and I didn't rate them. Too boxxy.

April 27, 2010 8:06 PM
 

simplyfootball said:

Dayuum. These are old but really sexy shoes. @-)

April 28, 2010 4:20 AM
 

iCLELLANDx said:

i had the yellow ones:)

May 1, 2010 9:05 AM
 

jussdatkid said:

my opinion i still think these are the best f50's

May 4, 2010 1:46 AM
 

rcar said:

oh

June 23, 2010 8:20 AM
 

Getsuga04 said:

adidas should bring a tunable f50 back...

December 10, 2010 1:18 AM
 

Crowley Lad said:

some looking bheour

March 2, 2011 7:29 PM
 

burnleyfc-9 said:

had these in black-great boots

March 21, 2011 12:41 PM
 

tonkgeeza14 said:

OHHH MYY! these are soo penggg!!!

March 30, 2011 12:22 PM
 

mario98 said:

I have the blue with green

April 18, 2011 3:12 AM
 

footballstar9 said:

Im gettin these and its 2012 nearly!!LOLOLOL

December 21, 2011 2:14 AM
 

baba360 said:

maaaaaan, these are ugly!!!

January 3, 2012 5:07 PM
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