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News; Cheap Adidas 11Pro FG - Flash Orange/Core Black/White

Published: Saturday 15 August, 2015


After spending a little over a month getting some serious shtick for my purple Samba edition 11Pro, it is time to lay down the review.  Here at the Instep, we make sure that our reviews are more than just boot specs with some added flourishes.  You have already read the specifications several times if you are interested in the boot, so it is time for something that actually helps with your decision.  We do real testing, offer real advice, and make sure that you know everything you need to know in a short and succinct review.  So how did the 11Pro turn out with adidas giving the adiPure another update?  Let’s take a look.


 


Kangaroo leather and comfort go hand-in-hand, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the 11Pro 3 is a comfortable boot. The leather is soft, and relatively thin which is great, but that’s not what makes the 11Pro 3 special. Normally with a leather soccer cleat, the upper is stitched as a way of reinforcing the leather. The stitching allows the leather upper to maintain its shape a little better and prevents the upper from over stretching. If you look at the 11Pro 3, you’ll immediately notice that the upper does not feature any visible stitching, which gives the boot a very distinctive look and feel. Many have compared the upper of the 11Pro 3 to the Nike Hypervenom Phantom’s NikeSkin upper as well as the upper of the Nike Tiempo Legend 5, but what Adidas has done here is entirely different, and unlike anything else currently on the market.


 


In place of stitching, Adidas has developed a unique way of reinforcing the leather upper without taking away from the soft feel of the leather, while also allowing for a more secure, and responsive feel than you would normally find from a standard leather soccer cleat. Instead of stitching, the upper is internally reinforced by what Adidas calls the “Engineered Support Skeleton”, which is what gives the upper its textured appearance. Inside the boot, directly attached to the backside of the leather upper and beneath the interior liner, is a criss-crossed synthetic material, which acts as reinforcement for the upper in both the forefoot and rear portion of the upper, with the mid-foot being left with no reinforcement at all. This feature is really only noticeable in the forefoot, mainly because the rear portion of the upper features an internal plastic heel counter, so you aren’t in direct contact with the upper. With that said, it is still a highlight feature of the 11Pro 3.


 


The thickness of the support skeleton is more substantial than you might expect, but certainly doesn’t feel uncomfortable or bulky. At first, I will say that I was skeptical of it, simply because the support cage itself is not as soft or flexible as the actual leather from out of the box, but after some wear time, it softens up significantly and once you get used to the shoes, you stop noticing it all together.


 


Another concern that I had was that the support skeleton would restrict the upper from stretching, and again, after some wear-time, I found the upper did stretch, almost like any other leather shoe would. So, all of my worries about the support skeleton taking away from the natural feel and comfort that you would expect from a kangaroo leather shoe turned out to be non-issues after some break-in time. The shoes fit and feel great.


 


The support skeleton has also been marketed as a better alternative to traditional stitching, and while I will say that I’m both impressed and intrigued by the support system in the 11Pro 3, I can’t say that it’s significantly better or worse than the average leather soccer cleat, just different. It’s very difficult to describe, but if I had to put it as simply as possible, the 11Pro 3 feels like a thin synthetic soccer cleat, with the softness of a kangaroo leather upper. It provides a traditional feel in that the upper is leather, but the support skeleton definitely adds a very modern sensation that I haven’t experienced from any other leather boot.


 


The shoe features a very deep, central lacing system that allows you tighten Cheap Adidas 11Pro FG - Flash Orange/Core Black/White  the boots really nicely. The tongue, unlike the rest of the upper is made from synthetic, with various padded inserts to cut down on lace-bite, something that was not an issue with the 11Pro 3. If I have one complaint about the tongue, it’s that it tends to slide over to the side while you’re playing, something that isn’t uncommon for any soccer cleat really, but I did find it to be a bit of an annoyance with the 11Pro, but of course sliding it back over every once in a while solves this problem completely.


 


One design aspect of the upper that is worth mentioning is the small synthetic strip that that divides the two sides of the forefoot, in between the two pieces of kangaroo leather. There’s no explanation from Adidas as to why the synthetic strip is there, but my concern was that it would cause some kind of discomfort, especially once the shoe began to stretch, but fortunately that was not the case. It softens up just like the rest of the upper, and is minimal enough to the point where you don’t really notice it all, so if it was a concern for you, I wouldn’t worry about it.


 


Trying to look past the garish purple that makes the “Barney” and “Grimace” comments rain down from everywhere possible, the new 11Pro has taken a huge step back towards a heritage look.  With other colors now available, the added leather to the boot gives it a major boost in the look department.  Adidas have also jumped onto the bandwagon of other brands by slapping a huge logo across the heel of the boot that signifies the boot that the wearer is using.  The boot also shows up in the box with the leather having a really bright sheen to it that starts to fade after a lot of use, but the boot stays looking great if you take proper care of the leather.  The only issue I have here is that the heel looks like really cheap plastic…but that is merely cosmetic.


 


The new 11Pro does provide a better feel for the ball than its predecessor, but it can be a bit different.  By “different,” the padding gives a great touch but it is a bit thicker than most top tier leather boots on the market right now.  Considering I swoon over memory foam inserts in a boot’s tongue, I also thought that I would love this 11Pro even more.  However, the foam in the tongue is also just the slightest bit too thick…it prevents pain during the lace-up, feels good when striking the ball, but it could be better.  The touch on the instep is a big improvement with this release switching away from the build of the original 11Pro, and you end up feeling that the overall package with this boot is an improvement over the original.  For any fan of the adiPure series before the move to the 11Pro, this incarnation might be time for you to come back once again.


 


As with any heritage boot, the comfort is great.  The additions to the upper help with the comfort and the break-in is a smooth ride.  I personally went a half-size down with this boot but since the boot forms to your foot in the way that it does and after talking with some others here at Instep HQ I actually believe you can get away with either a half-size down OR true to size.  The soleplate, despite adidas claiming a “change,” is too similar to old adidas sprint-frame releases in the past.  Although it is missing the miCoach slot and has been given a new name, it still performs just like the older models of the LZ in terms of traction – dependable but not going to make headlines.  (note: This is an FG boot and should not be used on AG/Non-firm ground pitches…that type of use VOIDS the warranty and greatly decreases the chance of your boot lasting a full season)


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