The eponymous Predator elements have developed over time. The principle behind the project, however, involves attaching rubber strips to the forefoot that Adidas says increases the speed of the ball. The initial focus in Predator commercials was on shooting strength, but this gradually move more to the effect on ball spin and precision. The first Predators were also available without Predator elements under a different name. While the Predators were made of black kangaroo-leather with white stripes and red elements, the equivalent boots without Predator technology were black with white stripes and blue accents. The Precision equivalent, however, was black and white only, while the Supernova (Predator Mania without the Predator elements) was black with either silver or gold heel caps and stripes. David Beckham wore these boots for the whole of his career as did Zinédine Zidane.
The Predator Rapiers also were the first Adidas soccer boots available in different colors. Until then, Adidas soccer boots were made of black leather. The Rapier, however, was also (as a limited series) available in white and red, as were the next two models. Beginning with the Mania, Adidas started to produce its Predator boots in countless color variants. Moreover, one color was called David Beckham's style.
The Predator Accelerator version was released in 1998 to coincide with the FIFA world cup held in France. This boot featured a re-engineered TRX (traxion) outsole, asymmetrical lacing, fore-footed rubber vamps sewn into the leather, and a feet you wear insole. It has been regarded as one of the best boots adidas have produced to date. The boot was modelled by some of the greatest players such as Del Pierro, Zidane and David Beckham.
Adidas released the Predator Mania to coincide with the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. They designed it with Far Eastern style in mind, so it had sharp angular styling and came in various colour schemes in addition to the traditional black–red design. These included the champagne, which was a champagne-white colour, a champagne gold, which was a gold pearl-like white, however, just stud back ground and heel cup was gold. These were worn by David Beckham, Alessandro Del Piero, and Raúl. These were available in the XTRX Blades for soft ground use, which came with a stud key and could be loosened or tightened at the owners comfort and also the red firm ground blades for hard surfaces. These were not detachable and came fixated to the boot.