British designer, Richard Ward gives us quick look at some of the ideation and sampling behind Steven Gerrard’s adidas Predator Instinct football boots. These particular ones are what the storied athlete will be wearing for his last few games as a Liverpool player.
“adidas present Steven Gerrard with a commemorative Predator Instinct to celebrate his 17 years of tireless dedication to Liverpool. His remarkable journey from young fan to iconic captain comes to a close this weekend as he prepares to make his last Anfield appearance in a pair of boots designed to show his unbreakable bond with the city.” – SoccerBible
A highly energetic pattern is featured across the vamp of the boot, adding a lively look and feel. The boots are also packed full of the type of level of detail that has become synonymous with signature athletic footwear. For example, Gerrard’s number 8 and the names of his children are featured on the upper, and there are also personalised tributes to to Gerrard on the inside of the boots.
Check out some of the initial sketches and samples, below.
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