Out of left field, Adidas has released the latest version in their adiPure range! The adiPure IV has been designed with some new features that differentiate it from its predecessors including centered lacing, a quilted vamp front and some aesthetic upgrades that give them a more retro classic look. The releases come in a Black/Light Scarlet and a White/Black/Fresh Splash colorway.
At first glance, I felt uneasy looking at the new design, something seemed off. There was something different about them that I couldn’t pin-point. But after reading more about them and studying the design and look of the boot at length, they are starting to seem a lot more stylish! If you are wondering why they look different, here is a breakdown:
- Center lacing – Adidas have gone back to a centered lace system. I was a fan of the off-center lacing, but this change shows Adidas desire to create a heritage look.
- Lower 3 striped – the signature Adidas striped have been moved further down the side of the boot. It is a simple change that produces a completely different looking boot in my opinion.
- Quilted Vamp front – A change to the strike zone is a new quilted vamp surface. The idea is to give players a more cushioned surface for controlling and striking the ball. You will notice more stitching in funny shapes around the toe area!
Also of note, Adidas have lowered the weight of the adiPure down from 10.6oz to 9.8oz. This is a pretty decent drop for a follow-up release and will please many players who want something that offers a more lightweight feel. Personally, I felt the adiPure III were fine weight-wise during testing, but it will be interesting to see what effect (if any) this has on the new release. They obviously don’t challenge the 5.8oz adiZero, but then again the adiPure is designed with a lot more protection!
Finally, is it just me or does the Black/Light Scarlet release remind you of an old school Predator? Something about the colorway screams Adidas Predator to me – not a bad thing, just something that came to mind when I first saw them! I can’t say much more until I have them in person to review, but between you and I my personal preference still lies with another boot in the adiPure range right now!