In the early 1990s, soccer cleat technology was stalled. Boots were heavy, leather monstrosities designed to prevent injury instead of facilitating the beautiful game. The last major revolution came almost four decades before when adidas founder Adi Dassler invented the screw-in spike. Craig Johnson, a South Africa-born, Australian-bred, English-educated former footballer, would change the game forever with a new design that became the Predator. But it wouldn’t happen overnight.