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Football Boots, By Lou Reade

SpecialChem / Jun 14, 2006

Djibril Cissé made a single contribution to this year's English FA Cup final - his stunning volley that opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half. Sharp-eyed fans would have noticed that his boots changed colour after the break. When he scored his goal, he was wearing one red boot and one white. After the break, his boots were both yellow. It is possible that he did this without actually changing boots. This is because Cissé is one of many top players singing the praises of the new F50 Tunit boot from Adidas. The boot, which comes in a range of bright colours, is unusual in one respect - it is supplied in three parts. These are the upper, the sole (or 'chassis') and the studs. There are three types of sole available: a lightweight one, weighing 75g; a comfort version, boasting extra padding (84g); and an orthopaedic version, allowing the use of orthopaedic socks. The upper of the F50 is made from a polymeric material called Adihex, developed by Adidas. However, learning more about it is more difficult that solving the Da Vinci code.

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