Diadora are a company who are synonymous for delivering consistent performing, low-tech soccer cleats. Well their latest release, the Diadora Eleven GX 14, looks to rectify the technical side while still maintaining the same performance properties using a new soleplate that dramatically improves foot breathability. The addition of a brand new NET Breathing System is designed to let feet breath by expelling excess heat through the sole surface. Sounds fancy, right?
So what else does this latest release have to offer? Diadora use a super soft K-Leather upper that has a front touch control region that allows the ball to sit closer to your foot as you dribble. You also get off centered lacing and a lace cover that creates a larger strike zone. The initial release comes in a bright Fluo Yellow/Black colorway with the standard detailing we see on Diadora releases. I absolutely expect everything about this boot to perform at a solid level. Every Diadora boot I have tested, including the recently released Kobra K, has been effective and consistent in game.
I have spent some time reading up about the new NET Breathability System and how it works. It makes for interesting reading and offers some serious advancements in how soleplates could be designed going forward. The big question lies in whether or not it works. If it does, it is something I would have jumped on while in college, when we trained at 2pm in very hot conditions. My feet used to burn and the idea of a cooling system within the boot would have been ideal.
I’m currently looking into getting a pair for testing, stay tuned for more details. If anyone is interested in picking up a pair, they currently retail for $179.99 at soccer.com (with Goal Club).