Carbon Fiber Is Secret Ingredient in Lightest Soccer Shoes Ever

Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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Carbon Fiber Is Secret Ingredient in Lightest Soccer Shoes Ever

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In a world of incredibly light 10-ounce soccer shoes, one of these weighs 5.8 ounces. The Adidas F50 Adizero is the latest in a string of sports innovations to debut at the World Cup soccer championship, this one on the feet of Argentine player Lionel Messi.

A lot of that weight was shed by removing the insole and strengthening the outer part of the shoe. That's complimented by the ultra-light carbon fiber upper, and plastic tech borrowed from another sport where lightness can make a big difference: cycle racing.

If it weren't for that mild-mannered Carolina blue color, I wouldn't mind wearing a pair of these babies. Look for the tech inside these tricky kicks to be available to the rest of us before too long, but don't expect it to be cheap.

Via Fast Company

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