From the very first moment you see the Adidas adiPure IV SL, you can tell they are built around the concept of class. From the super soft K-Leather upper to the gold detailing, these boots just look the part. As a limited edition release, you are not likely to see many professional players sporting the release, so a comprehensive review seems all the more important. From the moment they were released, I was on the hunt for a pair!
I was absolutely delighted to receive a size 9US in the Black/White/Metallic Gold colorway for review and here is how they tested.
Having tested both the adiPure and the adiZero, I expected the same type of positive break-in period. But, to my surprise I found that the adiPure IV SL took an extended period to mold to my feet. It seems like the leather upper matched with lightweight soleplate might be designed in a slightly different fashion to allow for an all around lighter boot. I initially took them directly into a training session, but had to switch out due to discomfort. After 2-3 more running sessions, I was finally able to really feel comfortable in them. Since that time, they have broken into one of the best boots I have worn! The leather upper is super soft and completely molded to my exact specifications. My advice is to expect and adjust to a slow break-in period.
adiPure IV and adiZero
The adiPure IV SL mixes both the adiPure and adiZero. Adidas have taken the upper of the adiPure, made it lighter, and mixed it with the lightweight adiZero soleplate to produce a boot that incorporates the best of both worlds!
Having broken in the boots and wore them in 4 games up to this point, they are one of the best soccer cleats I have worn. The combination of lightweight with a super soft K-Leather upper matches exactly what I require in a boot! At 7.0oz, they don’t challenge the lightest boots on the market – but in my opinion that is a good thing.
Even though they can’t be explicitly recommended for use on artificial surfaces, the bio-mechanics of the adiPure IV SL soleplate does offer traction characteristics. I wore them on turf and they were very comfortable and stable in play. I didn’t encounter any issues with the studs, and don’t expect to since it was something Adidas worked on modifying through the adiZero release.
The one area where Adidas have really improved the release is in the tongue. Following in line with the design of the adiPure IV, I was surprised at the padding used along the tongue. When you tie your laces, they sink right into the tongue, producing a quality fit that offers some much needed protection in the area. It’s funny, but it is actually one of my favorite aspects of the cleat and it felt great striking the ball.
Comfort and Fit
After the initial break-in period, these boots end up being one of the most comfortable you will wear. The leather upper is super soft and really molds to the shape of your feet. The soleplate was slightly stiff to begin, but once it becomes more flexible you can feel the difference in play. Size wise, I recommend going true to size. I wore a size 9US (my regular size) and they fit fantastically well, with a little extra space up top for maneuverability. If you have space in your current size, a half size down might be worth considering. They are suited for those with a medium width, although the leather upper will stretch to ensure players who need a wider fit have an opportunity to wear them.
The tongue and the lining around the ankle have extra padding, with both additions offering fantastic benefits! I found the padded tongue to be particularly useful, especially when striking the ball. You get that soft padded feel without added weight.
I just love the classic design Adidas has incorporated in this release. Everything about the upper of the boot screams class and heritage, while the very minimalist soleplate adds a modern spin to the overall look. You can tell by looking at the leather that it is of the highest quality and I just love the small creases that run right around the boot. Like with the adiPure release, Adidas move their signature stripes closer to the toe, and also on this version you get centered lacing that runs further down along the front of the boot. This allows for a tighter, more snug fit as you tie your laces.
The gold detailing creates a very unique look. From the printed SL on the signature Adidas stripes to the adiPure logo stitched in along the side of the boot, it is visible right around the boot. The stitching is actually done with X-Static silver threads. As reference, X-static is a fiber that is antimicrobial, all natural, heat transfer, anti-static and has therapeutic benefits. Another area that features the gold detailing is the tongue and in person, this adds a very sleek look to the boot.
The obvious negative was the longer than expected break in period. Again, I haven’t experienced that with Adidas new lightweight soleplate used on the adiZero range. With a list price of $250, a sector of the market is automatically excluded from buying, although they are a limited edition release which makes the money you pay a little more meaningful! Outside of this, I can’t find any other negatives about the release.
Overall, what a release by Adidas. The look, fit and performance matched with one of the lightest boots on the market produces what can only be described as a dream boot! And even though they are limited edition, the exclusivity factor only adds to their charm. If you have an opportunity to buy or simply try on a pair I highly recommend it. In the last week, Adidas also released a White version that offers another addictive look – worth checking out. And finally, one last note on what you are getting if you do buy a pair. The box includes Adidas leather food, a cleaning cloth and a pretty sweet boot bag. I am currently running a little test with the leather food (using it on one cleat only) to see its effectiveness. Stay tuned for more on that.
(*boots supplied for review by soccer.com)