The Predator is without a doubt one of the most iconic silos in the history of football boots. 19 different models spanning almost 30 years, it’s a beast that continues to evolve with the game. And now you can chart that evolution in one handy place. You’re welcome.

The Predator Edge has just dropped, marking the 19th instalment in the famous franchise. From the first-ever release way back in 1994 to today, it has continually pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in terms of boot design. So sit back and take a trip down memory lane, charting every Predator model to have graced a football pitch.

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The 1994 OG

The beast that started it all. This was a complete shake up to the boot market, bringing in a revolutionary new tech in the rubber elements, designed to improve power and swerve. This is where it all started, ladies and gents. Proper bastard of a boot.

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The Rapier (1995)

The first Predator with a fold-over tongue – a staple in Predator design for the next 15 years.

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The Touch (1996)

Done with the upper for now, save for some minor tweaks, notably to the tongue, and the bigger influence of the red colour, Adidas turned their attention to the underside, with the introduction of directional Traxion blades for the first time.

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The Accelerator (1998)

And here we go. The Accelerator just screams peak-era Zidane. That new signature Three Stripe execution is simply iconic. Don't need to say anything else, simply admire...

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The Precision (2000)

Two years on the Predator Precision arrived, once again providing yet another iconic execution for the Three Stripes – one that was prominent in the launch of the Sobakov trainer line recently. For the first time we got Velcro on the fold-over tongue to hold it in place. Memories of David Beckham scoring that free kick against Greece to send England to the World Cup and the multiple spilled pints that followed.

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The Mania (2002)

Has to be a top down view to show off those sweet swerves. Yep, the rubber elements took on a more specific positioning, aligning with the contact zone. Famous for the “champagne” colour worn by Beckham at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, the 2002 Predator Mania saw the fold-over tongue held in place with a strap that wrapped underfoot. 

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The Pulse (2004)

Another significant redesign came just in time for Euro 2004, with the main calling point for the Pulse being its new insole feature, the “Power Pulse System”. This sock liner shifted weight in the boot to help offer more power upon impact.

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The Absolute (2006)

Ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany the Predator Absolute strolled onto the scene. It brought with it the Power Pulse System from the Predator Pulse, and it also featured interchangeable sock liners. Most notable look was the stunning, all-gold version made exclusively for Zinedine Zidane, one that was recreated on the Accelerator for the 25 years of Predator collection.

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The Powerswerve (2007)

Built to increase swerve and power on long balls, the PowerSwerve featured new technology in a new Smartfoam material. The last proper Predator? You said it... not us... Oh, and apolgies for using the SG version.

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The X (2009)

Long before the X that we know today, we got the Predator X. So named as it was the tenth iteration, it came with radical changes, most notably in the lack of a proper fold-over tongue. Instead adidas introduced a Tauras leather which supposedly offered a thinner material between the foot and the ball. Mmm, we weren't convinced either.

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The adiPower (2011)

The Ugliest Predator? Quite possibly. The AdiPower Predator saw the introduction of a SprintFrame outsole, originally built for the F50. It was designed to reduce the overall weight, offering a lighter fit for the modern player.

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The LZ I (2012)

Predator LZ featured five "Lethal Zones" on the boot, which consisted of strategically positioned areas of rubber to help improve ball control: First Touch, Dribble, Sweet Spot, Drive and Pass. Not fondly remembered on the whole, thanks mainly for its choice of launch colour.

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The LZ II (2013)

A year year on and adidas upgraded the Predator LZ and released the second iteration. The Predator LZ II featured a HybridTouch upper and reconfigured Traxion 2.0 outsole. Proper Pred DNA in here, despite the outward impressions.

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The Instinct (2014)

20 years on from the release of the original we got the Predator Instinct. It featured rubber elements that were slightly raised to improve power and control along with a passing pad on the inside of the boots. HybridTouch was built into the upper to once again keep weight minimal for the faster, modern game.

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The Predator 18+ (2018)

After a brief retirement, the Predator was back, but it followed on more from the ACE that came before it rather than picking up where the last Predator, the Instinct, had left off, with ridges in the forefoot emulating the signature rubber elements in look alone. The main feature of note on the Predator 18 was that it took the key innovation from the ACE in going laceless.

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The Predator 19+ (2019)

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The Mutator (2020)

If someone showed you a photo ten years ago of a what a Predator in 2020 would look like, this probably wouldn't be far off would it?Absolutely radical and absolutely divisive, the Mutator saw the welcome return of rubber and the introduction of DemonSkin – 406 spikes deliberately crafted to wrap the front and side of the boot in a formation that aligns to key contact points with the ball.

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The Freak (2021)

Ramping up the aggressive aesthetics with an all new layout for the DemonSkin spikes. 11 colourways released of this beast, but not one of them was in the traditional black, white, red setup.

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The Edge (2022)

The latest incarnation, paying homage to the original Lethal Zones in terms of aesthetics and approach, but bringing modern technology into the design. Yes, we know you want it in black, white and red. We do too. Patience...

Got a favourite Predator? Of course you do. And which one that is will probably say a lot about you...