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Comments: Coming from the Barricade 6, I was expecting a similar feel in the 7s and was not disappointed.
However, what was disappointing was the terrible design of that top eyelet that digs into the inside of the ankle. Out of the box
and walking around in them, the area around the inside of the ankle felt a little stiff, but I figured they just needed a little breaking
in. After actually playing in them, I had bruises on the inside of my ankles and a small area that was rubbed raw and bleeding. I
tried unlacing the top eyelet, per the advice of some of the reviews here, but it was still catching my ankle awkwardly when
changing directions. I have since cut the entire top eyelet piece off from the inside of the shoes (the outside top eyelet is fine) and
haven't had any issues after two matches.
From: Darren, 7/14
Comments: Outstanding traction. Stable. And the durability is the best.
From: Nitro, 6/14
Comments: These are such nice shoes! I will take them over any other "warranty" shoe on the market! I like the fit
much better than the Barricade 8s.
From: Anon, 6/14
Comments: The 7s are great! Even though they are heavy, they make me feel tall and quick. The traction and
durability are outstanding giving me great stopping ability on the court. However, I'm a slender guy and have heard that for the
heavier set players these shoes are not as supportive and uncomfortable. But for a young agile player looking for performance and
a bit of style -- theses are great!
From: Laredo, 6/14
Comments: Always loved the 7s. Just be aware that if you're sending in for the six month guarantee adidas will
now only mail the Barricade 8s back as a replacement. Kind of a disappointment when they are still releasing new colors.
From: Caleb, 6/14
Comments: Barricade shoes are the most durable tennis shoes I've ever owned. They have a very strong tread, the
P-guard is great for players who drag their shoes and they are comfortable with minimal break in period. They fit true to size and
are half way decent for people of the wider side of D-width shoe. The only downside is they are heavier than your 'lighter' modern
shoes like the adidas Feather range and Vapor Tours, but the durability more than makes up for it. Definitely a top 2 shoe for me.
From: David, 3/14
Comments: Shouldn't the B7 fans be thankful to Djokovic that he doesn't like the B8? Novak, you know one or two
things that we do here. B7 has the best balance of support, weight, durability. adidas -- keep the new B7 colors coming!
From: Marv, 2/14
Comments: Wish I had listened to other reviewers, but like many I loved my old Barricades. Made them last a couple
of years, and wanted to replace them with the same shoe. These were incredibly stiff out of the box; tried a little Nadal action on
them to try to loosen them up, and was able to wear them around the house on carpet. Decided to try them on the court for an
easy hour of drills, and exactly as so many others said, I came home with a raw spot on the inside of my right ankle. After I got
home, I took the lace out of that top inside eyelet, and that helped, but I'm not going to play tennis without my shoes being
securely laced. A real disappointment to have to start a search for new shoes.
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: Like many others, I was a Barricade 2 devotee, but have now come to view the 7s as the paragon of
Barricades (and tennis shoes in general). Incredible combination of support and light weight. Perfect tennis shoe.
From: Eric, 1/14
Comments: Seems like Novak feels the same about the B7 as a lot of fans in this forum. The B7 got all the merits of
the previous Barricades, but it is much lighter. It has out of the box comfort with very little break in. Great support (as with all
Barricades) and it is much better of than the B8 if you have a wide feet. I have about 20+ pairs of Barricade over the years in
various models and the B7 is the best.
From: Marv, 1/14
Comments: I'm on my 5th pair of Barricade 7s and love them. They are the most durable performance tennis shoe I
have owned. Have heard the Barricade 8s have zero pivot and too much give, so I'm glad to see the 7s still in production.
From: Smitty, 1/14
Comments: To Matt (9/13) -- I got blisters (inside ankle bone) too the first couple times I used them. A plaster did
the job and then after 2 weeks or so, they were fine. So a break-in is required in these shoes, but you do get exceptional
durability, traction and support. Maybe not the most comfy shoes, but built like hiking boots, really tough shoes. They last twice
as long, so I get fresh balls on the cash saved!
From: Mateo, 9/13
Comments: Extremely good shoe. This shoe has great traction, durability, and stability. After 2 months, they are
holding up great and I'm a 5.0 player who plays about 10-15 hours a week. I definitely recommend them if you can't buy Vapors,
as those are superior in every way, except durability.
From: Joel, 9/13
Comments: Love these shoes with one major drawback. They have great grip and fit extremely well except for the
fact that the shoe rubs the inside ankle bone on my left foot. I don't get as many blisters with these shoes as I did with my
Babolats, the rubbing in the ankle however has me looking for a new set of kicks.
From: Matt, 9/13
Comments: I have two pairs of the Barricade 7.0s and I like them for numerous reasons, but they have one major
downfall which I believe I have a quick fix for. These shoes do not breath and are killers on the feet. One main reason these shoes
do not breath is the perforations on the shoes are merely cosmetic. The breathing holes do not go all the way through to the
inside of the shoe. Easy fix -- take an awl or a pick and gently poke through all the ventilating holes. Takes approximately 10
minutes per shoe. This issue is not germane to just these shoes. Most of the tennis shoes out there suffer from the same poor
From: David, 8/13
Comments: Good shoe but the narrow toe box will cause a problem for those with wider feet. Toe box is narrower
than the previous versions so don't base your fit on that. It is best that you try these on if possible before buying them.
From: Azarel, 8/13
Comments: I've played (and loved) in the Barricade 2s for the past few years, but the market seems to have run dry
on availability and I thought I would try the Barricade 7. What a mistake! I'm not sure if I can entirely define the problem (beyond
the fact that they are not very comfortable from the top) but I feel like I'm handicapped on the court wearing these things. Guess I
should have worn them around the house and not taken them directly to a match. Try before you buy with this shoe!
From: Mike, 7/13
Comments: Awesome shoes! They only needed like an hour to break in, after that they felt really comfy and stable.
Durability should definitely be there! I'm a 5.5 player that plays 5 times a week.
From: Rafa, 7/13
Comments: I have to stop using this pair of shoes after several weeks of use. The toe box is narrower than prior
versions of the Barricade. I have a wide foot and I have no problem with Barricade 2, 5 and 6. This version of the Barricade just
crushes my right pinky toe, partly due to the narrower toe box, partly due to more flexible outsole at the front toe area. It's just
too painful for me to keep playing with this pair of shoes.
From: Michael, 7/13
Comments: I had a similar Barricade Team 2 shoe which was a wonderful light weight tennis shoe. But i could feel
that they wouldnt hold up very long. This shoe mathces and exceeds those with arch, comfort, foot stability and more sturdiness.
11.5 seems true to size. I personalize them with my own favorite sport insoles for grreater cushioning (but I do that with all
shoes). No problems with digging eyelets or ankles being dug into. A very maneuverable shoe with good traction and foot
From: Scott, 7/13
Comments: With the exception of the 6s, the Barricades have been my go-to-shoe for over a decade. Great, solid
shoe overall. The medial side painfully dug into my ankles in the 3s only. At that time, I just stuffed an extra sock in that area to
create space. A week or two later, I stopped stuffing a sock and the "digging" went away. For those experiencing this problem, try
this method instead of tossing away your shoes.
From: Ron, 6/13
Comments: I thought I wouldn't like these because they seemed kinda heavy, plasticy and stiff. After one hit on the
courts, I love them. The rigidness gives the shoe great support and thankfully, they seem to breathe well. The outsoles are holding
up great (especially since I am a toe dragger). Normally I am wary of adidas because the toe box is narrow. I do have to wear a 1/2
size up from normal but that worked out perfectly.
From: Anon, 6/13
Comments: I've been using the Barricade 2 for over 6 years. I absolutely loved them. But as they're no longer
available I had to try the Barricade 7.0. I like how the Barricade 7.0 fit like a glove. And the outsoles are amazing. They grip well
and are very durable. The only thing I didn't like was that they seemed very heavy. Almost like I was wearing a pair of boots.
Maybe I'll get used to the weight and they won't hinder my game as they did yesterday. I also don't think they had the same
support as the Barricade 2s did. All in all they are a decent shoe. I just wish Adidas would have left a good thing alone. They keep
making subtle updates to this shoe and it's getting to the point now where the shoe isn't performing as well anymore. Bring the 2s
From: Chad, 6/13
Comments: Finally a great confortable shoe! The toe box is really soft and wide. No need to break in! 9 out of 10
From: Jonathan, 6/13
Comments: I personally love these shoes. They look great and feel great too. I've had no problems with this shoe so
From: Eli, 6/13
Comments: Great shoes - definitely need breaking in for me though. I have to wear them for a few hours before I
can use them for tennis. The top eyelet on one pair was digging into my top of foot until the shoes really broke in after about 20
uses and after that they were great! I got almost 6 months out of them playing 3 times a week. Bought a second pair to break in
before these wear out.
From: Mike, 5/13
Comments: This shoe is the best Barricade that has been produced so far. First, they changed the toe box and made it more spacious. This is good so your feet don't feel jammed, the previous Barricade model came to a point in the toe box. Second, they put some cushy material underneath the insole and also they put in a higher quality insole, finally! Third, the material that they use is more flexible than the previous Barricade models and this means a more comfortable shoe. Last, the tread and traction of the shoe is excellent. The 7 really gripped the court from the