As part of the recently released Mercury Pack, adidas introduced a Chrome version of Ace 16+ PURECONTROL. It is a standout look that is intended to take center stage on pitches at Euro 16. A Silver Shimmer style paint job is added across the upper of the world’s first high-performance laceless knit boot. Solar Yellow is added through key feature areas, including the knitted lace region and the all important pull tabs that help you get your feet into the boots.
The ACE 16+ PURECONTROL has been three years in the making, designed to create the cleanest possible strike using a larger surface area to generate greater power and accuracy. The laces have been replaced with three key design features for added stability and increased performance. A knitted upper also locks the foot into the boot and combines with a techfit locking system to create an incredible, sock-like fit.
Available at soccer.com.
In the Box
First thing of note, if you decide to pick up a pair, the box is fully loaded with items you will need. An additional set of comfort insoles and an all important shoe horn are included to ensure you can get into and get the most out of your pair. There is also a boot bag with a twist. Rather than opening up fully, there is a center stitch line that keeps the boots apart from each other, protecting the chrome soleplate finish. It has the potential to chip (more on that below), so keeping them in separated areas stops them from hitting off each other. That stitch line can be pulled out, but you will need to work on doing that yourself.
We have reviewed PURECONTROL with positive results. Slipping your feet into a pair is slightly challenging, something that is intended in order to create an optimal fit. Two pull tabs are included, as well as a shoe horn, to help you squeeze in. You will need to use each piece to get in to them for the first few wears, but as they loosen up it becomes a case of twisting your feet in at an angle and using the pull tabs to get in.
In terms of comfort, if you get the right size they are very comfortable, almost like wearing a performance slipper. In order for the fit to really work, adidas use an internal knit cage. This is basically a build in piece of knit material that runs across your midfoot region. Will they slip off your feet during wear? That is very, very unlikely. Honestly, it takes trying on a pair to actually understand how the fit actually works.
It is important to note that the soleplate on these boots comes with a warning from adidas. It has a chrome finish, so as you wear them it is very likely to chip and wear away. Underneath, a slightly more bland silver, or almost grey, color eventually becomes exposed. A removable sticker message that sits on the sole reads:
The chrome coating on the bottom of this shoe will wear off during play, but will not affect the performance of this product.
The actual outsole is an upgraded Ground Control 2.0 system that is enhanced by a SprintFrame construction. You might remember the SprintFrame as being the soleplate of choice for the adiZero series. The difference on this version is a switch to conical studs, something that allows adidas to continue referencing to them as an AG option. Yes, these boots are again labeled for use on both FG/AG.
Paul Pogba is the player leading the campaign for this latest colorway, his pair feature his own unique personal touch. Other players currently wearing them at the UEFA European 2016 Championships include Mesut Ozil and Ivan Rakitic.
Listed as a Limited Edition release, there are still plenty of pairs available even though they have been on the market a few weeks. This becomes the 4th colorway in the PURECONTROL series.
Find them currently available at soccer.com.