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Adidas F50 Soccer Shoes

The Adidas F50 soccer shoes are some of the most popular soccer footware ever made. There are many different variations on the F50 shoe, but they all have some similarities: each is lightweight, durable, and has interchangeable soles for long wear. Frequently, they also have replaceable soccer cleats and a covered lace placket for a flat kicking surface. Also touted for the thin but sturdy materials they are made from, these football shoes allow excellent feel of the ball. Unlike the old F50 soccer shoes (Adidas F50 TRX)Newer varieties of the Adidas F50 soccer shoes are made with Sprintskin, a ground-breaking microfiber that gives the fit of a second skin.

Shortly after his return to Bavaria from World I, Adi Dassler started making shoes with scrap materials he bought or bartered for cheaply in town. The following year, his brother Rudi Dassler became part of the business, named the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory. Electricity was often sporadic in the little town, and they often had to use a stationary bicycle to supply energy for their equipment.

From such meager beginnings was born the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, second in the world only to United States based Nike. The history is fascinating; started in a laundry room belonging to the founder's mother, in 1936, Adi Dassler drove to the Summer Olympics and persuaded U.S. runner Jesse Owens to use some of his shoes. Owens would go on to win four gold medals, making Dassler's shoes overwhelmingly successful, and by the time of World War II, they were selling over 200,000 pairs each year. A little known fact is that the brother's factory actually shifted production to anti-tank weapons during World War II.

The company today, in addition to the wildly successful Adidas F50 soccer shoes, also is the parent company of Taylor Made-adidas Golf Company, Rockport Shoes, and the Reebok Sportswear Company.