In 2015 adidas gave us a glimpse of the new generation of control cleats: the Ace 16. The biggest surprise was to see laceless cleats, a solution to minimize the impact of laces while touching the ball and go closer to barefoot kicking. The time has come to see the final product and know all of its features: introducing the adidas Ace 16+ Purecontrol.
Three key design features replace the laces and deliver even more stability and performance. A TPU cage secures the mid foot, locked over the iconic three stripes and mirroring their original purpose when designed by the mythic Adi Dassler.
The upper is based on the innovations brought by Primeknit technology, meticulously combining open and loose structures. The most premium yarns available are used on the upper, whose final design is result of exhaustive tests on many combinations of variations of knits (the shoes that we saw last year took nearly 24 months to be designed).
A techfit locking system inside the cleat wraps around the foot, adding lock down and lateral stability. The heel pocket is enlarged, while the sole plate was revamped to reduce the overall weight of the cleats, providing a glove-like fit and increased ball control thanks to the larger surface area available with no laces.
“We worked with some of the best designers in the business to produce a boot that is innovative and game-changing” says Sam Handy, adidas Soccer Vice President of design. “Laceless is the future of football and a hallmark of adidas as a brand – leaders in innovation and design. Most importantly, it will allow our players to control the game better than ever before”
Elite players like Mesut Özil, Oscar and Ivan Rakitic will be the first ones to wear the Ace 16+ Purecontrol on field next January 23, while the rest of adidas’ Ace players will do the same from January 30.
“Being one of the first players to wear the boots is something that really excites me. I’ve tried them out already and I can say they’re the best boots I’ve ever worn,” said FC Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic. “Because there are no laces the surface area is a lot larger, meaning controlling the ball is easier.”
“My whole career I have tried to minimize the impact of laces on my strike and ball control. I revealed to adidas in 2014 that in the changing room I knot the laces over and over again and then tuck in the ends, that way they do not interfere with my touch,” was what Mesut Özil, Arsenal and Germany star, had to say. “When they came to me last year with the laceless boots, it was like they have created my dream product. I cannot wait to wear them on the pitch”