adidas Barricade 7.0 White/Black Men's Shoe Customer feedback
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Comments: I purchased these after wearing the 8 all of last year. I much prefer the 7. There is no eyelet pain or
break in period unlike the 8s. Also, they just look better. I Hope they don't stop production of the 7 anytime soon because these
will be my primary shoe for sometime to come.
Comments: These shoes wore out so fast I was shocked at how bad the durability was. The shoe also hurt near the
top part, but I got used to that. The only thing that's amazing about this shoe is the look. It looks so sick!
Comments: I have a problem with this adidas model. In spite having thin feet, I am experiencing a pain in high part
of the shoes. Now I only wear to walk.
Comments: I've been wearing the Barricade line since high school team tennis, starting with the B2s. Particularly,
I've been a fan of the 2s and 5s. The B7s improve upon the B5s overall feel and provide exceptional traction, stability, and
durability. Though some complain about the Barricade's heft, I believe it reinforces confidence by creating a shoe with a solid feel.
I skipped the B6 because it caused foot pain (a first for a Barricade) and the B8s because I disliked their lower height design. Since
I was afraid the B7s would be phased out, I've been stocking up on them to ensure I have long stock of tennis shoes that fit
Comments: The Barricade 7 is a very good generation which corrects the bad design of Barricade 6 while improves
the sole of the Barricade 5 by flattening the bottom so that the toes can touch the ground -- improving the stability. It however
gives away some of the support and cushion of the 5. The best shoes in my opinion is taking the Barricade 5 and flattening the
sole so that your whole foot can rest stably on the ground. Your feed would be more relax and stable when the toes could rest on
Comments: Outstanding traction. Stable. And the durability is the best. And it gives me complete confidence to
Comments: Love the Barricade 7s! I hope adidas continues to make these for a long, long time.
Comments: I know tennis shoes are a matter of personal preference but I really like the B7s. I tried this B7 with the
Nike Vapor 9.5 back to back on 2 consecutive days. The B7 is definitely better for its stability, thus the confidence it gives me. No
compromise in comfort versus previous Barricades (I have had 20 pairs of B5 and B7 over the years). The Vapor 9.5 feels more
"comfortable" and supple (as less overall support). I am sure somebody likes it this way, just not my cup of tea. Needless to say, as
is a common feedback for Nike users, the Vapor is not durable. The sole wears out fast and the insole seems like it is falling apart
after long play on a hot hard court. The B7 is super durable.
Comments: This is an outstanding shoe. Great fit, comfort, and durability. Kudos to adidas. Been wearing it about a
week, and couldn't be happier.
Comments: These are just fantastic shoes! My favorite Barricades!
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.
Comments: Outstanding traction. Stable. And the durability is the best.
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!
Comments: These shoes were heavy for me. I twisted an ankle after playing in them for the second time. Bring back
the Barricade 2.0!
Comments: There seem to be many comments but I just thought I would leave my two cents as well. I have worn
the 7s for over a year and they have been great. The ankle thing which is often complained about can be remedied (at least for
me) by removing the lace from the top eye-lit until the shoes break in. Once broken in, the lace can be put back through the top
eye-lit. This was an easy solution for me and did not leave my foot feeling at all unsecure. As far as the rest of the shoe, the feel is
solid and offers great traction. Hard stops are easier in this shoe and the rubber on the bottom is extremely durable. My first pair
has lasted a full year, with an average of 3 games a week, and 6/week all spring on court. I am now coming back for another pair.
These shoes keep your foot in place, and remain completely secure throughout matches. These shoes are the epitome of durable
and I would highly recommend.
Comments: Worst Barricade I have ever worn. I went through two pairs of the Barricade 7s in about a year and a half
and recently got a new pair through the 6 month outsole guarantee. I'm a toe dragger so I go through shoes quickly. adidas sent
me a pair of the new 8s in replacement. At first I thought cool, upgraded. Nope! Downgraded for sure. When I first put them on I
noticed an immediate difference from the 7s. Not comfy at all. I decided to play a match with them just for the heck of it. Pain in
the toe box and sliding all over the place. Trust me when I say buy the 7s instead. My 3rd pair of 7s just came in the mail today
and best Barricade ever!
Comments: I had to stop wearing them! The upper corner of both shoes rubs against my ankle bones to the point
of bleeding! I thought after a break-in period that would subside but it has not! It's too bad they are poorly designed because I
really liked the feel.
Comments: Bring back the Barricade 2.0! Those were simple and easy to break in. These shoes I have had for a few
weeks now and they hurt my feet so bad that I can't even turn these into off the court shoes. They are going to the trash and the
main reason for that is there is a triangle shaped piece at the great toe on both shoes that doesn't allow you to flex where your toe
Comments: Design flaw, as evidenced by many complaints about rubbing on the ankle. The corner of the upper,
near the top eyelet, is very stiff and thin, and digs into the ankle bone of many players. They shouldn't put a sharp corner there,
with the tongue too narrow to give any padding underneath it. It's also not a good shoe for a wider foot; I had to get a half size
larger. I don't understand why they can't make at least one quality model in widths.
Comments: I was wearing the adidas Team 2 shoes (from Tennis Warehouse) and they were great. It was time to
replace them, so I went back to TW and adidas. I found the great pricing on the Barricade 7 and 8. I read all the reviews on both
and took a chance on the 8s. No luck for me, but thanks to TW and their return policy, I made an awesome switch and I have been
using the 7s all week. They look (same color) and fit like the Team 2 that I have. Sturdy and grippy. I added some spenco insoles
for a great match of fit (excellent arch support) and feel. Very happy with the 7s. I would recommend the great shoe and
Comments: After the long break in period, I was excited about the shoe as it felt solid. But the inside right ankle
became raw. Also I got blisters on my left toe. This shoe is a bit harsh. Too bad because I like adidas shoes overall because of the
fit. I'm at a loss now. I cannot continue to play with these. I want a durable shoe but comfortable. I am looking to buy the Nike
Lunar Ballistec. The white looks classic but has modern details I'm looking for. Anyone else going this route?
Comments: Agree with JK and Matt below. They rubbed my inside ankle bone raw as well. I tried the Barricade
because Asics changed the arch in their resolution 5s. Switching back to Asics Resolution.
Comments: Right upon trying the shoe, I can feel the complaints many are talking about. So, right foot, the inner
side of my ankle towards the top left eyelet of the shoe is quite uncomfortable. It didn't seem like the kind of thing to go away
anytime soon. Maybe if I didn't lace the shoe up all the way, but I like to wear my shoes all laced up. I never played in these shoes,
but that fit felt uncomfortable enough to be a problem, so I decided to go with my Lotto Speed Ultras instead, which seem to get
better reviews all around.
Comments: The shoes look and feel great. The traction and support is sublime. I feel like I can make sudden stops
and sudden changes of directions with more confidence than any other shoes that I have worn. This shoe is a winner.
Comments: I've played about 15 times with the 7.0 shoes and they still don't break in at the top eyelet on the
inside, both feet. Rubbed raw and bruised, both feet. I tape both spots and place a little padding underneath, but the pain makes
me want to withdraw from my matches. I even didn't lace up that last eyelet, and the shoe still cuts in. This particular shoe is not
quite designed right. Those without pain are really lucky.
Comments: I have had Barricades before and then tried Babolat and Asics. Came back to the Barricade, now 7.0.
Nice and snug and stiff still for about 2 weeks in. However, I have rubbed through my instep/ankle skin almost to the bones on
both ankles. The areas are both rubbed raw and very sensitive to the touch. The rub spot is right at the top eyelet for the laces.
The design is just not right. I have read that this is a common complaint. It's really not worth the pain.
Comments: Is it just me, or are the arches for these shoes in the wrong spot? Like a half an inch too much towards
Comments: Man, I should have gotten a few pair of these things a while ago! Huge step forward in comfort from
the 6.0. Much better fit in the toe box for me and with better stability. The 6.0s were pretty bullet-proof, and these are too. I'm
stocking up with a couple more colors -- now that I see why so many people like these. I have no trouble with any eyelet
locations or ankle fit at all. It's like they made the mold from my foot. Pricey, but worth the dough.
Comments: I tried out the barricade 7s but the shoe was just too ridged. The width was too narrow and squeezed
my feet. By the end of a match, I had a headache and sore feet. I returned them and purchased another pair of Asics Gel
Resolutions. I would like to purchase from adidas again, but nothing has compared to the barricade 4s so far -- I loved those
shoes and would purchase another pair today if they still sold them!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Comments: Finally a great confortable shoe! The toe box is really soft and wide. No need to break in! 9 out of 10
Comments: I personally love these shoes. They look great and feel great too. I've had no problems with this shoe so
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.
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 very first time I used it. Right out of the box
this thing is so comfortable and feels broken in. It only gets better with time. You've hit a home run with these shoes, Adidas. I
challenge you to keep improving them!
Comments: This version of the Barricade is significantly more supportive and slightly heavier than the previous
version. Opinions will vary, but I like the feel. A very comfortable and stable shoe however I also agree with others about the
uppermost shoelace eyelet -- it can dig into the top of my foot if I lace the shoe all the way up, which I normally don't.
Comments: I have bought 4 pairs of different Barricades. Earlier versions were heavy, a bit, hot but hard wearing.
This latest pair are unwearable for me. The hard plastic bar at the back presses into the achilles tendon. I tried not using the top
eye hole on the laces but this did not solve the problem. I persevered hoping they would break in, but the plastic vertical bar will
never soften. I have never had a problem ever with my achilles tendon or any other part of my foot but these shoes stopped me
playing tennis for a couple of weeks
Comments: Excellent comfort right out of the box - except for the metal eyelet at the ankle. But other than this one
pea in the blanket stack, this is a great shoe. I prefer low to the ground shoes, and this is a little high, but it still feels stable and
Comments: Great shoe, very comfortable fit, been using them for 2 weeks and so far no signs of wear or tear. I play
3 times a week on hard courts.
Comments: This was intended to be made good but there are design flaws for sure. Do not buy this version, this is
a very unconfortable shoe at the ankle and feels like a hard boot. Doesn't seem to break in.
Comments: I just bought the Baracade 7s and I was hesitant about these shoes due to the awful remarks. I wear a
size 16 and I don't have a huge selection but I thought I would give these shoes a try. First practice and the shoes were tight
(narrow) but I just needed two practices to break them in. Now, the shoe fits great and I don't have to wear insoles. Some of the
comments on this shoe should be reevaluated because the shoe is actually a good shoe.
Comments: Don't know where all the negative feedback is coming from or maybe I am wearing a completely
different shoe, because I think the Adidas Barricade 7 is phenomenal! This might be the best shoe I have ever worn. I have a
regular width foot with a normal arch. I find the stability and the traction to be amazing on hard courts. The all seamless upper
has a supple yet supportive feel that envelopes the foot. I can move around with confidence that the shoe will not slip or turn.
The ventilation in the hot California summers is better than I expected and is sufficient, however my Nike Air Max Cages do a
better job in the AC department. I have owned them for about 5 months and the out sole is just starting to show wear in the big
toe and outer heel area. Overall, the comfort is great and it should be a must buy for all aggressive tennis players.
Comments: I usually play with Nike but I wanted to try the barricade 7.0. These are really hard to play with, I felt
like I was moving slower!
Comments: Worst court shoed I've ever worn. The top of the shoe rubs both ankles and is extremely uncomfortable.
I wouldn't recommend buying these shoes!
Comments: Be warned, these can feel like a size too small during the initial fittings, but they should flex and loosen
nicely after. Haven't played on court with them yet (my court's being dug up) but even light trials confirm its a very stable, grippy
and responsive shoe. The claws resist lateral movement quite strongly, so I'd be careful before going full-competition-slide mode.
Overall, a tough, no-nonsense shoe that pays for athletic and quick tennis.
Comments: Warning! I have worn Barricades for years, and the only issue I have ever had before was with the
narrowness of the shoe. But after wearing them in, it's always been a great fit for me. However, this shoe has a significant design
defect, the inside eyelet is too high and cuts into the area of your ankle, right above the ankle bone. I had to take out some
kitchen scissors, and cut off the top eyelet. If you don't want to do that, stay away from these and look at the Asics!
Comments: Occasionally I will get a pair of Barricades where the eyelet is in a weird spot. In maybe 12 pairs of
Barricades, maybe three have had that issue. I think it's just luck (or bad luck of the draw). That being said, I love the sturdiness of
this shoe. I have a wide foot and always wear men's shoes, but even in men's styles, the Nikes are too narrow through the middle
of my foot. Not everyone's feet measure the same from toe to where the narrowing of the arch area starts. (That's where the
discrepancy in reviews come in). The durability is poor, but that's why I love the 6-month outsole guarantee. Playing 10 to 20
hours a week, you will put a hole in this shoe (and any other) in less than two months.
Comments: Whoever was in charge of putting rectangular metal eyelets on these shoes needs to be canned from
their job at Adidas immediately. Worst feeling shoe I've ever worn in my life (tennis or otherwise). If you like the feeling of sharp
metal digging into your ankle, these are the shoes for you! I give them a 1/100 - just because the look great, other than that,
pure crap. And I'm a huge Barricade fan.
Comments: I thought that the decreased weight and improved grip the shoe has on the court was a major
improvement over the barricade 2.0s that I really liked a lot after I broke them in. Maybe I am still breaking these in but after
about an hour of play, the metal ringlet at the top of the shoelace hole, on the left foot, it digs into my ankle bone on the right
side causing bleeding and severe discomfort. On the right foot, the ringlet digs into the left side of my ankle bone causing similar
bleeding and discomfort. I am willing to tolerate this while I break in my ankles and develop callouses in this area because of how
much I like this shoe. Except that I feel that given other posts about this same problem, why doesn't Adidas just make softer
ringlets or a more padded tongue and take care of this obvious design flaw. I wear these shoes all day long because I teach tennis
and I still like this shoe.
Comments: Great shoes, but I put a hole through the bottom in a month. I play about 6 hours a day very
aggressively. My old Nike Courtballistec 3.3s lasted me at least 3 months. They don't get holes in the side thanks to the adituff
pad on the outside.
Comments: I bought my first pair of Barricade 7's two weeks ago. After wearing them twice I threw them in the
trash last night. The inner top portion of the shoe rubs on the inside ankle bone, creating blisters. Despite wearing bandaids and
wearing two thick pairs of socks, the shoes rub my ankles raw. Last night after seeing two blood stains the size of a quarter
coming through the socks, I figured it was time to ditch these shoes! Other than the poor design in this area, I did like the support
the shoe provided.
Comments: I am not at all happy with the Barricade. I bought a pair just four months ago. The entire front has
opened up and my toes were visible. Another one of my friends with the Barricade also had a similar problem.
Comments: I have had a similar issue as the others -- the inner top most lace hole buckle seems to catch and rub
on my ankles, just below the ankle bone. Consequently, after an hour of play I ended up with the torn skin and some bleeding. I
am surprised I am having such an issue as I was a big fan of the B6 and never had any problems with them.
Comments: Barricade 6...not so good! The Barricade 7 is the freakin' bomb. Comfortable, stable, and overall you
won't find a better shoe.
Comments: I've never had a problem with a shoe, until I bought this one. The inner metal at the top of the right
shoe cut into my foot. I was playing a long match and didn't have another another pair to change into. By the time I was done I
had a hole in my foot, which subsequently became infected and my whole ankle blew up. I tried everything I could to stop it from
happening again, from filing it down to taping it up, but after a short time, it was digging another hole into my ankle. I can't even
where them to just walk around. I got frustrated and I finally threw them out. Most disappointing shoe ever.
Comments: I am still constantly shocked by the strange reviews people write on here. Am I wearing the same shoe
they are? I think it can't be because this shoe is hands down the most stylish and well built shoe in the entire tennis world. Finally
someone has actually thought about style as opposed to just adding flare from Cindy Lopper's 80's fluorescent wardrobe. First day
I wore them I had no less than 6 compliments on the shoes. These also are consistent with the quality and toughness of build with
all of the Barricade shoes.
Comments: I am still constantly shocked by the strange reviews people write on here. Am I wearing the same shoe
they are? I think it can't be because this shoe is hands down the most stylish and well built shoe in the entire tennis world. Finally
someone has actually thought about style as opposed to just adding flare from Cindy Lopper's 80's fluorescent wardrobe. First day
I wore them I had no less than 6 compliments on the shoes. These also are consistent with the quality and toughness of build with
all of the Barricade shoes.
Comments: I have used every Barricade and this one started out great but I started getting knee and leg pain. I
went to the podiatrist who informed me that the plastic insert caused my orthotics to not fit correctly. So, if you have orthotics
make sure they sit well in the shoe before you purchase.
Comments: George (12/12), I am with you. The same thing happened to me. My right ankle suffered a scar
because of the inner metal in the hole at the top left of the shoe.
Comments: These have the same good support of the Barricade 5 (I skipped the B6 as the fit is too narrow) but
much softer and more nimble. I had the Vapor 9, as they look good and feel nimble, but the support is definitely not as good as
the B7. You won't regret it, especially if you have a wide feet.
Comments: These shoes are great. They have a good mix of comfort, durability, and stability. If you can afford to
replace the Nike Vapor 9's every month or so, do it, but if you are like most people and can't, buy barricades. The outsoles will
last me 2+ months which is very good considering the amount of tennis I play (around 15 hrs a week, about half on hard court,
half on clay) The 6 month guarantee is great too, as I definitely take advantage of it.
Comments: After 45 minutes the right top inner part was digging/rubbing into my foot/flesh and I had to take
them off. It left a scar that's still visible after 3 weeks. I took the shoes back to the retailer 3 days later who returned them to
adidas. After four weeks I got a new 2013 pair that does not have that problem. Adidas claimed they have never heard complaints
about this before. I did some research and found two more people had the same problem. This kid found a way around it by
bending the shoe against the floor for 30 minutes a number of times till the shoe stayed wide and wouldn't rub against his foot!
Comments: I've coached boys and girls high school tennis for 4 years now and saw a great deal on these 7.0's and
took advantage of it with absolutely no regret! I had the Nike's DelPo, RF, and Nadal's and they feel like stone blocks compared to
these! No joke! I've been sold on how these shoes grip and explode. They give me the support at net, spring on serve and the
heel cushion I desperately needed. Now I'm able to finish on court Insanity drills during conditioning without my feet killing me.
Comments: Everytime I wear them, they gives me a blister on my foot. Although they
have a great grip on the court, they are not durable at all. Within 2 months of play, they have developed a hole in the sole.
Comments: I don't see how there could be any bad reviews about this shoe. The only problem is that they are a
little heavy, but that won't take away your speed with this shoe. Actually, I feel like I move faster with this shoe and I get set to the
ball better thanks to the freakishly good support and stability this shoe provides. Also this shoe is superbly comfortable, even
right out of the box, due to its great adiprene cushion midsole. Also, these are the most durable shoes I have ever worn. Excellent
job adidas on the latest model of the barricade series.
Comments: These shoes are the real deal! I play everyday for 3 hrs and I always drag my feet. After your break them
in they get lighter. I always would roll my ankle, but never again thanks to the barricade.
Comments: All my tennis buddies agree that this is a slick, great looking shoe. It looks great on "players." The
problem is many of us older club/league players cannot wear them when we play. They are stiff and painful in the heel area much
like the 6, but unlike the 2 and 4, go figure. Sticking with the Big Shots, and Resolution 4's despite the God-awful colors!
Comments: I'm glad I tried these. My first time with them and they're snug for my slightly medium width,
normal/low arch. I've only worn them a couple decent hours of all-court movement and I can tell these are going to be great. I
don't get the negative feedback. I could suggest a more comfort-oriented brand, such as New Balance, but I'd still be pushing
these. Definitely don't try the current Rebel 2s, for that reason (they have a very stubborn unnatural kevlar-like rubber outsole).
These shoes offer the right blend all the way. That's my two cents. The only thing I'm unsure of is whether I want to use my
warranty credit for another pair of these or try the GR4s. Of course it would be a gamble, and probably an unwise one, seeing as
how these are already so good and all I have to do is wait for some kind of discomfort or premature wear, but I don't think I'll find
it. I think I'd sooner find a snowball in hell with a fit this good. These actually remind me of a value NB fit, of a slightly older,
wider, box-fit version of the now 656, though slightly more balanced and a tad more comfortable on another level of quality.
I have a new take on $100 shoes right here.
Comments: I agree with some comments about the arch being a problem. Some say it must be too tall of an arch,
too far forward or curved wrong. The problem is actually the stiffness of the shoe. The foot is bending before the sole of the shoe
bends causing it to rub against the arch of the insole. It remedies itself only after the shoe softens up a little.
Comments: I have worn Barricades exclusively since the 2's. I loved my 7's until recently. The right heel has
broken down in some way that I can't figure out. The breakdown has caused significant achilles/calf pain. I checked the shoes
and the heel on the left is about 1/4" inch lower than the right. The shoes are only about 3 months old. I'm trying inserts and, if
that does'nt work, it looks like it's time for the Asics.
Comments: I'm surprised to see lots of reviews saying that the Barricade 7 is an extremely comfortable shoe. To
me, they're as stiff as a board, feel very plasticky, and the arches are very unnatural (maybe too tall). I'm sending them back and
buying another pair of Nike Vapor 9 or Asics GR4.
Comments: I decided to try out the 7's. I have found that these shoes fit my somewhat wide feet comfortably and
required little to no break-in. The shoes are very durable and so far there is negligible wear on the soles playing a few hours each
week, unlike the Asics shoes I own which are wearing more quickly. These Barricades are very stable. However, IMO they lack
sufficient cushioning. Upon closer inspection I found that the insoles are very thin, cushion-less, and down right cheap. I've
replaced them with a nice pair of orthotic insoles. This is a real disappointment considering the premium price for these shoes.
There is no good reason for cheap insoles in a premium shoe. I also own Barricade Team 2 shoes. In contrast, I found the Teams
to have a slightly wider fit and are slightly lighter in weight. Durable and very stable, too. The insoles are comparable to the 7's.
I've also replaced the insoles in the Teams. The Teams are obviously less expensive due to the variation in the materials used and
having no durability guarantee. Both are decent shoes compared to other shoes available these days so I'd recommend either.
Take your pick.
Comments: Maybe the best Barricade ever. However, like several others I got blisters from the last eyelet. Mine
happened on the inside, medial malleolus area. The break-in helped some and I tried to use different socks to change the fit with
this 7.0. I use this shoe for practice and the Team 2.0 for important matches.
Comments: These are really great shoes. They were very comfortable, fit great, and are pretty light for Barricades.
They were as durable as other shoes I've had (like the other Barricades), but nothing special.
Comments: These shoes are great! There is little break in time required and they are really comfortable. They feel
like a running shoe with the glove-like feel. I will always be a barricade customer although the 6's threatened that.
Comments: My 16 year old daughter plays high school tennis and loves these 7s. We have not tried any Barricades,
men's or women's, for several years because of poor reviews on comfort and durability. She wears a 6.5 men's and says these are
the best tennis shoes she has ever worn.
Comments: These are the best shoes ever. Extremely comfortable. Great balance and support and on top of that
they are durable and not too heavy.
Comments: These are the best shoes. They are super comfortable and supportive.
Comments: Loved the 5s. Didn't even try the 6s, and decided to wait for the 7s. The looks didn't disappoint. It's a
great looking shoe. However, it's not a comfortable one. I tried breaking it in around the house and my feet got numb. I tried
them on the court and the shoe above the last eyelet bit into my ankles on both sides leaving me blistered and sore. I'm very
disappointed. When they go on sale I might try a 1/2 size bigger, but for now I'm going to try the Asics Gel Res 4s. The reviews
look good. Adidas, please bring us a winner like the 5s.
Comments: Absolutely the best tennis shoes since the Barricade 5's. I actually find these to wear nearly the same,
though the 7's are a slightly quicker break-in. For those toe-draggers like me though, there are durability concerns. I've worn
mine for a couple of months and they look like new, minus a hole that has worn all the way through in the toe area. With the
replacement guarantee, they are still worth it in my mind. Great looking shoes as well. Love the orange on black.
Comments: Best shoes so far. Much better then all other Barricades because it has no stitching. All of my shoes
start falling apart at the stitch point and these have been really good so far. Very comfy and solid feel. My feet feel very secure. I
gotta say after playing in Nikes and other shoes, adidas is the most solid shoe. Best one so far! Trust me, I have done tons of
research because it usually takes me 3 months to destroy a pair.
Comments: These shoes are the closest shoes to the Adidas barricade 5's. I absolutely loved
the 5's, and when they stopped making them I didn't know what to do. I tried the barricade 6's
but they were too narrow and stiff for my feet. The 7's came out, I tried them on, and they were
perfect. I play about 12 hours of high school tennis a week, and they seem durable to me. For
all you barricade 5 lovers, this is the shoe for you!
Comments: For a long time now, I have been a Nike wearer. At first, I had doubts about wearing adidas shoes.
Since I wanted the best for me I got these, and they are great! They provide a more low-to-the-ground feel so it
makes me have great control. Also, the sole is fantastic. Even though it squeaks like anything on hard court, it lasts a really long
time. I've had it for about three months and I think I'm about 3/4 through the sole. I play about 3-4 times a week for 2 hours. The
support is also really good. The shoe clings to your foot so sometimes it feels like a running shoe. I can honestly tell that this is
the best shoe I have ever worn.
Comments: I'm torn on these. I love the look and grip I get from the adidas barricade 7. I think
they will be durable as well. However, comfort is my concern. They fit my feet well, but they are not
very cushioned. After a couple hours on the hard courts, my knees, feet, and ankles really feel
it. I previously wore Yonex and while they lacked durability, they were much more cushioned.
Comments: Long time Nike wearer, but not any more! Hands down these are the best shoes I've ever worn. Zero
break-in time, great grip, great support, amazing shoes. I would recommend getting a
half size smaller to compensate for a wide toe box. The uppers are soft yet supportive
in all the right places. Nike dropped the ball this year. It's time for adidas to take charge!
Comments: Have owned the previous two versions of the barricades (5 and 6).
I average five hits/week, solid 1.5-2hrs/hit, drills and sets, mainly
singles but some doubles. Just finished two hours of singles (4.5-5.0 level)
with the 7's. I love them. No break-in for me. The toe box is definitely
bigger than the 6's. I think my pinky toe will grow back now and thank
me. The 7's are somewhat less stiff than the 6's, but still have great
stability. Absolutely love them.
Comments: These shoes have usurped the Nike CourtBallistec 2.3s as the best tennis shoes
I've ever worn. Great grip, durability and comfort. Classy looking, too. With the exception of
the inner ankle collar, they needed zero break-in. Very comfortable out the box. I wear these
in a 12, the same size as my adidas running shoes. They fit great, a little wider than the
narrow B6, just make sure to order 1/2 size larger than you wear in Nike's. Overall, far nicer
than the CB4.3s and any comments complaining about durability must be from people who
bought the "Team" versions as I'm hard on my shoes yet should get close to 6 months from
these. I'm giving them 5-stars.
Comments: The only other Barricade model I used was version 6.0 but this one looks and feels like a great
improvement on the last model. For a start it is wider then Barr 6.0, so I could drop back to my usual 10.5 UK size from the size
11 I needed for the last model. The upper is much more flexible, so the break-in period dropped from about 15 hrs to 3-4 hrs
for a new model. Design changes to the claw and upper made the shoe more flexible and thus more comfortable in long matches.
If look is important then the new design is much classier looking then the 6.0 model with perforated, stiff plastic only retained in
the top middle part of the upper. I can not see what useful purpose it serves though (I mean stiffness here), so let's hope it
disappears in the next iteration of the Barricade. The sole seems durable but next to 6.0 version the ridges do not look as wide
and deep as on previous version. The Barricade 6.0 lasted me 18 months of 3 hours of tennis per week (on sand filled carpet and
clay, not hard courts, of course), so lets hope that this version durability was not compromised. Altogether great and much
needed inprovement on the last version, unless you have narrow feet, in which case Barricade 6.0 might fit better.
Comments: I feel like a faster, more confident player in these shoes. They begin to feel like a broken-in 6.0 out of
the box and then, after a few sprints across the base line and back, they feel excellent! But why the $15 price hike? Worth the
money, but come on adidas!
Comments: The show is high performance and plays well, but there is not enough cushion in the insole. I normally
use K-Swiss and never have a break-in period or heel issues. The Barricade 7.0 caused my heels to start aching after two sets. It
took 6 weeks of play 2 - 3 times per week to break the shoes in. They still have a slight uncomfortable. I had to add an extra
insole to keep my feet from hurting. Never had this with the K-Swiss.
Comments: I like this adidas barricade 7.0. It is lighter than the barricade 6.0
and easier for me to move in the court. What I like most of this shoe is the design. That's why I purchase every new model of this.
I'm excited to buy the barricade 8.0 next year. Thanks adidas! I love tennis!!!!
Comments: Best shoes I have ever worn so far. I have tried other top of the lines shoes from
Nike and Asics, such as GR2, CB2.3 and CB4.3. The B7 requires no break-in, and is as
comfortable as the GR2 and the CBs, yet it provides better lateral stability than GR2 and better
cushioning than the CBs. I wear half-size orthotics so I cut the insole in half and only leave
the front half in the shoe. I also wear Nike ankle support and the shoe still fits very well.
Comments: Never buy these shoes! I pretty much have an average foot in size and these
shoes started giving me Achilles Tendonitis. I am now having to take a break to rest.
Comments: I know that shoes and how they fit are very personal. Ten different people might have ten different
things to say about the same shoe. That said, the B7 is one of the best tennis shoes I've ever worn. It improves upon the B6 in
every way imaginable. It is comfortable right out of the box with zero break-in required, the toe box is roomy enough not to
squish my toes, yet not so roomy that they slide around and get blisters. Width and arch support are just right. Cushioning is
excellent. Traction is superb. Looks are out of this world. I usually wear Nike Vapors. These are just as comfortable and
connected to the court and a lot more durable. Adidas really hit a home run with these shoes! I will surely stock up or order a
custom pair from Adidas before they're gone!
Comments: I bought these in February, and just put a hole in the toe. I play 6-10 hours a
week and I loved them but I would have liked them to last a little longer. I would highly
recommend these to someone who does not mind paying for new shoes frequently.
Comments: These shoes are awesome, no break-in, just buy, wear and play.
People complain that they don't last too long on court, but remember if
you're playing on newer style gritty courts (like sand-paper) they won't
last as long. I play on older style courts and my Vapor's last up to 6
months and on new courts my Vapor's lasted 1 month only.
Comments: I purchased a pair of the Barricade 6.0 about 2 months ago and found them to be excellent
after several hours of break in. Then I wanted a second pair of shoes so I could rotate the shoes as I play 5 times a
week. So I just got a pair of the 7.0. Wow!!! Zero break in, very comfortable and they are about a half ounce lighter than
my 6.0. Another thing I like about the Barricade 7.0 is they are well cushioned but not spongy which tells me the
support system is dense material. That translates to less energy being spent starting and stopping. ( think of it like
trying to run on soft beach sand, lots of cushion but you get tired quickly). OK, sorry for the long rant but these 7.0's
are winners for my money.
Comments: This shoe is very stable, no break-in is needed, great cushioning and the arch support is
perfect for my high arched foot. Durability seems more than adequate, and in general, the 7.0 is a real stable, old
school type shoe, not a running shoe masquerading as a light weight tennis shoe like some other brands I could
mention! Go with the Barricade and be safe
and stable on the courts!
Comments: Maybe my shoes were just defective, but my shoes had TERRIBLE durability. I pretty much
shredded the bottom soles in a couple months. I ended up sending them in for the warranty and getting a free pair. Not
nearly as durable as the 6's. I will admit they are more comfortable and lighter than the previous version, but I still
prefer the 6's. (Even through I ended up shredding those and getting another free pair). I don't know, maybe it's just
something I do with my feet, but I can't find a durable enough shoe.
Comments: This is a great shoe! I hardly had to break the shoes in and there is a lot of support. I wear a
lot of shoes and this is probably the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. I play 4 days a week and I've had the shoes
for 3 months and they are still going strong. I love this shoe.
Comments: First I got these 1/2 size larger so that for quick stops I would not jam my feet in the front
of the shoe, plenty of wiggle room for the toes, all in all well built comfortable shoe. It is an Adidas flagship tennis shoe
and with formation socks with ankle and arch support, my feet etc are comfortable, as too the arch support. My second
time on tennis court and I dont even notice it.
Comments: These are great shoes! More comfortable than the V's. Hard, sturdy and
give great support at all times, which means more discomfort for the toes but so much better for the knees, than say
Nike Vapor Tour, which gave me knee pain because they were too soft.
Comments: More feedbacks on my recent comment below. After 6 hours in it, it feels softer and more
nimble than the adidas Barricade 5. Good cushion and the softer upper allow change of direction to be more
comfortable. It is much lighter but I can already tell it won't last as long as the Barricade 5 which seems to last forever.
But a very, very good balance of comfort,weight, and support.
Comments: This is the best model of the Barricade for some time (since IV in fact): excellent form, good
support, still a little on the weighty side but very maneuverable. We'll see about the durability.
Comments: Coming from six pairs of adidas Barricade 5's and finding the adidas Barricade 6 to be too
narrow, the adidas Barricade 7 makes you feel like re uniting with your former lover. No break-in required. Lighter and
more nimble. Same old Barricade feel. Slightly less support than the Barricade 5 (but don't forget the benefits of lighter
weight). Need to see how it holds up over time. The barricade 5 is like a rock structurally and so sturdy. If you like the
adidas Barricade 5, you should like the adidas Barricade 7.
Comments: Happy with the Barricade 7.0 so far. Coming from the Barricade Team, I was tempted to try
the 6.0, but
the reviews made me try these instead. Break in for me was very minimal, they felt great out of the box. The Barricade
the other hand gave me blisters at the back of my heals, so there was an improvement here. Very comfy, sticky shoes,
I'm glad I
took the plunge on these!
Comments: I have worn adidas tennis shoes since the first line came out. Well after the disaster of the
6.0 line, I
almost left Adidas forever. Poor toe box fit, poor strike on the arch support and break in well forget it.. They were like
Thank you Adidas for fixing all the problems from the 6.0'sm with a wider toe box, better strike on the arch, high
material, more comfortable. The new 7.0's are comfortable right out of the box, higher quality material is obvious and
done.. You got me back as a customer.. but be careful the 6.0's were a disaster. Will see how the wear.
Comments: Great shoe. Better than barricade 6's because they are easier to break in and way more room
in the toe box.
Comments: This is a great shoe. I've played with the Barricade IIs and the Vs and this one is right up
there as far as the comfort and traction is concerned. Only problem is the durability, I play 8 hours of hard court tennis
in a week and the out-sole on these wore out for me in around 7 weeks. Compared to the Prince T10s which last me a
good 3-4 months before showing signs of wear, even Barricade Vs which used to last me around 4 months. I believe
there might have been some changes to the outsole on the Barricade 7s though am not sure. Overall, a very
comfortable shoe and you feel confident moving on the court.
Comments: I have worn adidas tennis shoes since the first line came out. Well, after the disaster of the
6.0 line, I almost left Adidas forever. Poor toe box fit, poor strike on the arch support and break in well forget it.. They
were like iron boxes. Thank you Adidas for fixing all the problems from the 6.0'sm with a wider toe box, better strike
on the arch, high quality tongue material, more comfortable. The new 7.0's are comfortable right out of the box, higher
quality material is obvious and lighter. Well done.. You got me back as a customer.. but be careful the 6.0's were a
disaster. Will see how they wear.
Comments: Thanks for nothing Adidas. After the disaster that they called the 6.0, and all the
reviews that said the 7.0 'fixed what they broke' I have to disagree. These do have a bigger
toe box, but the arch is different, and still narrower that earlier versions. Narrow to the point
where the shoes actually made my feet feel numb after 10 minutes of wear. It was a mistake
to donate my older Barricades.
Comments: I have been exclusively in Barricades since the 2's first came out. The 7's have great fit and
break-in required for me. Play on clay and hard courts and the shoe transitions well between the surfaces.
Comments: Although I am a sponsored Open/ITF player, I wear what I need to wear, as you CANNOT
with your feet/knees/hips, etc. I use 3 shoes, since I train or playing nearly every day; Prince T22 or Wilson Tour series
drilling/training/practice. And now, for competition, I just switched (hesitantly) to this new 7.0. Wow. What a shoe!
cushioning, comfort! No real break-in required, for me. I wore them for 2 hours, just doing stuff, then played a
match. The proof was the next day, after 3 hard sets, the pain in my knees and hips was receding (from the other, oh-
shoes), and I just played another 3 sets the next day, woke up this morning, and the pain caused by the other shoe is
completely gone. They do run big. Had to go down 1/2 size to a 12.
Comments: I cannot believe anyone says these sneakers are not durable. I had Nike prior to Adidas. The
showed signs of wear in 2-3 weeks. I bought a new pair every 1 1/2 months. But I did like the sneaker until tried
It is definitely for a slender foot. Best sneaker I ever could imagine. The tread shows slight wear after 8 months. Same
story for the
new version barricade 7.
Comments: Already played for maybe 15 hrs. in these shoes - and they still look like new. A little break-
was required (maybe the 3rd time I played in them they felt entirely comfortable) - but MUCH MUCH better compared
6.0. These shoes provide just the right balance between cushioning and stiffness / responsiveness, give you low-to-
feel and stability, and deliver a good snug fit for the average width foot (I was using Nike Vapors before, but they
became too wide
after the Vapor 5 version). Obviously they are not the lightest ones out there, but because you feel the court and your
so well in them, they almost force you to concentrate on good foot work!
Comments: Like others said, not that durable as the previous model. I ripped my old barricade 6.0s to
(collected on the warranty) and I now fear what I going to do to these. They are indeed light feeling and VERY
comfortable, so if
you don't really wear-out your shoes that much, these should be great. Just be warned, you can FEEL the lack of
durability. Or at
least I can... After about a month of playing with them they are looking pretty beat up.
Comments: Although, I love these shoes, the durability sucks. I now need to buy my third
pair. I bought my first pair on pre-order back in November 2011. Arrived in my hands end of
November. Well, a week ago, I have discovered I have already worn a hole to midsole. Thats
slightly under 3 months, plus also note I rotate with 2 other pairs of tennis shoes - another
B7 and Vapor 8. Which lasted about the same duration. Although I train about 16-20 hours a
week. These shoes are not durable. B6 seems to last 1 or 2 months longer. I think I am going with the B7 team. Same
but 30$ cheaper and last about the same.
Comments: I got the Barricade 7's yesterday. I came from the Nike Ballistics 4.3 and so far they are nice.
great traction. I ordered a size 10.5 but I should've gotten the size 10. If you get a size too large then your feet will jam
within the shoe. I'm going to double sock to fill in the toe and heal space. Overall these shoes are good-looking,
good traction, light, and have surprisingly good ventilation. I would recommend this shoe.
Comments: B7 are awesome totally overpass the b6 in my opinion the best hard court
Comments: Firstly I know everyone has completely different feet. Mine are a mess! Size 14 extra wide
bunions. I have serious problems with my feet but I am contracted to
wear adidas so I always hope they give me appropriate shoes. They don't and I spent last year in complete agony
Barricade 6s. They were a disgrace as they were too thin and far too stiff to be considered "out of the box"comfort. A
week ago I
received my first pair of Barricade 7s for this year and I am delighted to say they are so much better. Cosmetically
great and a far
less stressful fit. My one concern is the Achilles area where the raised backs of the shoes seem very very harsh and dig
in to my
damaged left Achilles. Definately a step in the right direction for the Barricades but please go wider with some of your
Comments: Thank you, Adidas, for listening to everyone and taking the Barricade VII back to its
The VI was so bad in fit and stability I wouldn't even acknowledge it was a Barricade. Caused me to play in several
models of Nike
CourtBallistec and even an Asics GR3. The B7 is stylish, fits well and performs great. Not sure how well it's going to
hot weather outside, but everything else is spot on. Was comfortable after about a half-hour of play. The only weird
first time was the soles felt a little slick - like you had to rough off a coating or something before they grabbed
Comments: I've been using Barricade since 3 years back. The B5 was a great shoe. The B6 my feet didn't
much. When designing the B7 Adidas listened and addressed all issues of B6 and even went further by improving the
of B5. Everything considered, there is no doubt that B7 is the best Barricade so far.
Comments: Very comfortable in the foot, but for my feet I've found that the last eyelet (which I don't use)
the side of my ankle causing discomfort. Overall an improvement over the 6s, but not as drastically as many seem to
think, in my
Comments: Wow, have had these shoes on for a total of a half hour since I got them and they already
feel like my 2
year old bum around shoes. I've been wearing Court Ballistec's for the past two years, and the Barricade 7's were a
great shoe to
come back to Adidas with. Definitely recommend them.
Comments: I love the barricade line and have owned every barricade shoe. This is by far the best. Huge
improvement on break in time. Still has great stability with exceptional comfort. The looks have improved as well. You
wrong with this shoe!
Comments: Thank you, thank you, thank you. You finally figured it out. Terrific shoe, so much so that I
bought another pair on Tenniswarehouse.com today. I played like I didn't know I was wearing shoes...the toebox is
blistering like the 6's and the design is awesome. I don't have a single con...let's see if the outer toe sole stays in tact. I
them in three months...just blew out two of my last 5's and bought a pair of 7's and fell absolutely in love with them.
Comments: I love this shoe but I just sprained my ank
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