Following up on the intro colorway, adidas has gone somewhat more traditional with the second Ace16+ PURECONTROL release. Featuring a very clean Core Black/Neon Green upper design, this is a look that is sure to draw some extra attention. When you add in the chrome finish seen on the soleplate, there is an extra element of dynamism about this version. It adds what looks like an oil based effect, flickering between a mix of colors under different lights.
In case you missed the key details of their market introduction, the laces on the ACE 16+ PURECONTROL have been replaced with three key points of stability to lock the foot into the boot. A TPU cage locks over the iconic three stripes to secure the mid foot, and is further anchored by a knitted upper and an internal knitted TECHFIT locking system. The upper is an evolution of adidas’ Primeknit technology, combining tight and loose premium knits across the boot for optimum fit.
Available from soccer.com.
We are in the midst of finalizing a comprehensive review, but we also featured an informative PURECONTROL Q&A session that might answer some immediate questions you have about the advanced laceless style boot.
How easy are they to put on?
They are actually pretty tough to get your feet into, something that is intended in order to create optimal fit and something adidas took into consideration. In order to help you out, there are two pull tabs around the ankle opening. One sits on the heel, the other sits right at the top on the front of your leg. You are going to use both in order to get your foot in – trust me! After some wiggle and angled foot movements, I managed to get my feet in. If those tabs ever rip or tear off, I’ve no idea how I’ll get my feet back in again.
Are they true to size?
Yes, they are very much true-to-size in length. I’m wearing a size 9US (my regular size) and they fit very comfortably. I’d recommend sticking with regular size.
How’s the support?
There is two layers to the boot; an internal knit cage that locks your foot down, and a stiffer outer shell upper that gives the boot its shape. On their own, these layers wouldn’t work. But together, they create solid support without any type of flimsy feel.
You can find this latest colorway is available from soccer.com, retail $299.99.