adidas Barricade 8 White/Silver/Blue Men's Shoe Customer feedback
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Comments: The toe jamming is very unbearable! I am going back to the Barricade 7s. Now I know why novak is not
wearing this shoe!
Comments: Worst shoe ever! As an Asics wearer for the last 7 years I was forced to switch to the Barricade 8s
because the Asics are unavailable in Singapore. On to the Barricades -- static fit and support seemed good but after the 1st 2
hours, I had the eyelet issue and noticed for the first time my knee was bothering me. Wrote that off to some break-in time.
Unfortunately, after 2 solid weeks on this shoe adjusting lacing etc., still having eyelet issue and now that they've worn in and I am
having the toe jambing issue others have talked about. I'm fed up with these and am going to my beatup Asics till I find another
Comments: I should have read these comments before I ordered the Barricade 8. I love the Barricade line and have
been using them for a few years (5, 6, 7) so I didnt think much about reading the reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! I had the exact
same issue noted by others -- the laces/eyelets dug into my ankles to the point where I put on bandages at the start of the
match. I will return these and see if I can get a Barricade 7 pair.
Comments: These shoes suck! Whoever designed and cut the mold for the Barricade 8 should be fired. I wear a
size 16 and have never had a problem with previous versions of the Barricade. This shoe is cut a 1/4-1/2 size too small. adidas
is the only company out there that makes a decent tennis shoe in size 16 and it is a shame that the Barricade 8 is a total
disappointment. You've been in the shoe business way too long to be making these kinds of mistakes. Go back to the Barricade 6
or 7 mold and get some quality control on your sizes please.
Comments: As a longtime Barricade wearer, I was a bit concerned reading all the negative reviews about toe-
jamming and general discomfort. After playing in my new 8s, I'm suffering from severe discomfort -- the shoe just seems more
narrow, less stable, extremely stiff and uncomfortable. I've tried my orthotics and adidas' insoles, but there seems to be a bump in
the footbed, which causes extreme discomfort. The toe-jamming phenomenon that other readers have cited is also quite real. The
difference between the 7s and 8s seems like night and day. Although I'm laced up tight (and the sizing seems correct), my foot
just seems to wobble in the 8s. I actually stopped mid-set last night and changed back to my worn-out 7s. I'm going to try and
break the 8s in and see if there's any improvement, but I'm not hopeful at all since all the 7s that I've had have been comfortable
right out of the box.
Comments: After wearing out a pair of 7s, I bought a pair of 8s (in the same size) here from TW. The ankle issue is
intense. At first it was on the inside of both ankles just under the protruding bone. I thought it would wear in over time. I
doubled up on socks, left the last lacing out, even pulled the padding out to get lower in the shoe. I have gone as far as to weave
padding around the inside area of that right shoe. For me, that right foot, inside spot, just rear of the last eyelet continues to rub
the ankle red raw. Very disappointing. This is my first online comment.
Comments: To respond to Glenn and Brian both, I have the B8s and over the past two weeks the exact same
problem has cropped up really badly. I have seen people suggest the sole gets compacted through wear, and your foot sits just
low enough to where the upper medial eyelet starts digging into your foot. One guy online said to tighten all your laces super
tight except the topmost medial eyelet (which you do up loosely) to retain stability without the pain. Haven't tried it yet. In any
case, thinking of getting an insert for my right foot so I can lift my foot a little higher, which will hopefully alleviate the ankle pain.
Mid-match today, I had to actually change to an old Wilson shoe because the pain got so bad with the B8s. I have a big bruise on
my right foot just next to the inner (medial) ankle.
Comments: Horrible shoe! For decades, I was wearing only Nike tennis shoes, from Agassi's Air Tech Challenge up
to Nadal's Courtballistic 4.3. For some reason (being a Nole fan), I switched to adidas and thought that the latest model should be
the best. What a great mistake! To be serious, the shoes are beautiful, I have the black/red/white edition, but, my ankles hurt all
the time, even with 2 pairs of socks. These shoes are stiff and heavy, simply unconfortable. No comparison to Nike especially the
bad cushioning. So I tried another adidas, the B7 silver edition from 2013 and those shoes are great! No stiffnes, minimum break
in time and top cushioning. And they look great, I like them very much! I think that's the reason why Novak doesn't switch to the
B8, they are horrible.
Comments: I love these! Best performing tennis shoes I've ever had. Change of direction and stability is simply the
best I have ever experiened and I've had mine for 4 months now with no sign of wear. I had a slight problem with my left big toe
jamming but I took more care in lacing them tighter in the forefoot and that went away. Great shoes.
Comments: I bought the Barricade 8 three weeks ago, and after a 2 hour match I was certain that i would be
returning them. The shoe lace eye lits were tearing into my ankle and causing intense pain. It was a shame because the low
profile and wide sole were exactly what I was looking for. I decided to play in a heavier sock and to try an break in the shoe by
wearing them around the house. Fortunately, the shoe loosend up and the ankle pain is now gone. the shoes are keepers, but I
wish adidas had done a better job in building the shoe with softer materials where the ankle and shoe lace eyelits meet.
Comments: I had a pair of Barricade 2s that I absolutely love, but they were wearing out and I needed a new pair of
shoes. I figured by upgrading to the Barricade 8 that I would get the same comfort and pleasure from these shoes. My old
Barricades were extremely comfortable from day 1, but these new Barricade 8 were very stiff out of the box. I figured that it would
probably need a break-in period, but after using them about 8 times, I found these shoes were not getting any more comfortable.
The Barricade 8 would cut into my feet around the arch, they are extremely stiff around the top eye holes and they pinched my big
toe on both feet so much, my toe nails turned black. I thought maybe I had the wrong size, but I have double checked that they
are the same size as my old shoes. These shoe may work for some, but I cannot continue to use them due to the uncomfortable
feel. I am in search of a better pair of shoes.
Comments: A lot of cushioning and support! l play high school varsity tennis and rely on my footwork a lot. The
Barricade 8 doesn't show any sign of wear on the outsole after 3 months (on average of 6 hours per week). The only problem l had
with these shoes was that my toes were jamming into the shoes if l take a rapid stop even with 2 pairs of Nike cushioned socks. l
would rate this shoe 4.5 out of 5 overall and strongly recommend it!
Comments: Wow -- I can't understand how anyone considers these are softer than the 7s. They feel more narrow
and stiffer to me. The design flaw of that sharp corner digging into your ankle bone hasn't been fixed, either.
Comments: I wanted to respond to Brian (who posted feedback a bit below me). I've just played tennis this evening
and my B8s are causing the exact same pain in my left foot just above the ankle. Have you found a solution for this issue? It must
be a problem with the shoe if it is affecting us both?
Comments: I have been a user of the Barricade shoes for years now. This time I am extremely disappointed with
the new material they use in the upper shoe. The plastic material they use instead of the fabric is very stiff. This has created a
blister in my right foot, and the support I get in my feet is terrible causing my toes to be hurt and discomfort when playing. adidas
did not do good with this change. I will never buy a Barricade again unless they use the fabric they used before.
Comments: I honestly do not see what all the fuss is about these shoes. Don't let all of these negative reviews get
to you about these shoes. These shoes are pretty bad with the insoles that they give you. I did have that foot swimming problem
at first but what I did was I took one of insoles from my other shoes and actually put them under that cheap stock insole. This
made my foot rise a little bit so that my foot would sit perfect inside of the shoe without sliding anywhere. This shoe definitely
provides great support laterally and is very quick to retrieve dropshots. The shoe is relatively light compared to some of the other
shoes I have played with (Prince T22 and T24) both of these shoes weighed over a pound a piece. The Barricade 8 has a nice light
feel but all of the support a player needs. It also provides a lot of traction and is very comfy. It ventilates very well! The mesh
definitely does a great job. I usually wear through outsoles like crazy, I seriously got through the outsole of my Prince shoes in a
month. I've had these Barricades for two weeks and they are not showing a single sign of wear. The sides also have a tough
exterior, I slide a lot while playing on hard courts and these shoes definitely can handle it. I am actually kind of worried that I
might not get to use the six month warranty with these shoes because they are so tough. As for breaking in, These shoes broke in
fairly quickly, they are kind of stiff though. I like my shoes to be slightly on the stiff side though, It provides more support for
forward and backward movement. I am missing the warranty card or paper that was supposed to come with so I should probably
handle that before hand. I rank myself to be a 4.0-4.5 player. Defintely a great shoe, don't let all of these mixed feedbacks turn
you away. You just have to try the shoe, besides Tennis Warehouse provides a great return policy so there is nothing to lose.
Comments: I loved my previous Barricade 6s they lasted me about 2 years and then I decided to try Nike. After not
being pleased with the Nike, I decided to switch back and bought these shoes. They look very nice and the mesh is a nice addition.
My main problem is that the left shoe has part of it digging into the side of my foot which has caused a lot of pain while playing.
I'm not sure if it is an issue with the pair I received or just a common issue, but other than that I like the shoes.
Comments: As a faithful Barricade fan, I really liked the look of the 8s. Love the mesh and the color selection but
really disappointed in the wear and playability. Eyelets on both sides of my ankles caused rubbing that would have been a blister
had I not stopped playing. The issue of toe jamming is evident in all of the Barricades is evident here as well. The "bump" in the
shoe as described earlier accompanies the unusual stiffness in the foot bed and accentuates the feeling of wearing 2 "clunkers" on
my feet! I have tried the CourtBallistcs by Nike and will return to their use and chalk this model as a bad experience. I will try and
return them as defective.
Comments: Don't let all the negative comments make you hesitate -- give them a try! I'm a Barricade owner of the
5, 6, 7, and now 8. I almost passed on the 8 due to the negative feedback. Because of TW's great return policy, I decided to at
least try them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I personally don't see what all the negative fuss is over: ["worst Barricade
ever..." "worst shoe ever..."] Really? I am a hefty 40 year-old, low-on-totem-pole 4.0. Not an excessive toe-dragger. To me, the
base of the shoe feels like previous generations -- it takes a few hours of break-in. That's a Barricade. The upper, I like the mesh,
and can feel the air. More compliant than previous models in the forefoot; a welcome change to me. Sizing note: my foot
measures 12.5. Wore 13s in Barricades for years, and my one knock was the narrow, stiff forefoot (especially the Barricade 6).
Took a 13.5 in the Barricade 8 to yield the correct length/width, best forefoot flex yet. Makes me wonder if I've ever had the right
size. In summary, I returned to Barricades because I trust them to protect my joints against tennis wear-tear and my heavy self. I
don't boast of extreme shoe-shredding footwork, but I usually wear down "no-warranty" shoes within a year. In my opinion, while
I've only played in them twice, the improvements in ventilation and forefoot flex (Maybe related to right size?) lead me to say that
it's potentially the best Barricade ever!
Comments: Initially and in 'stock' form these shoes are absolutely terrible -- hard, harsh and a different fit than the
Barricade 7s. Once I swapped out the adidas insoles for some super cushy ones and began using much thinner socks the shoes
are much more pleasant to wear. Excellent traction, foot stability and seemingly good durabilty. But again, I emphasize they
required a fair amount of break-in. After the break-in and personal modifications (much thinner socks) they now feel great.
Comments: I see Novak is wearing the B7 and not B8, and the fact that adidas just brought back the B5 is enough
said about the B8. The B8 has a tight fit (and does not enjoy a huge weight advantage for the classic support feel that it gives
you). I have 6 paris of B5 in various colors. I skipped the B6 (the toe box is too narrow for my wide feet). Then 6 pairs of B7 in
various colors. The B5 is the best, until the B7 came along (lighter, much shorter break in and equally supportive despite being
slightly less durable). But I figure 6 pairs will last me a long time.
Comments: The first thing I noticed when I first played with the Barricade 8 was the fact that they needed almost no
break in period. A few minutes on the court and they felt great. The uppers are much more supple than that of the Barricade 7.
Even though this makes the shoe much lighter and more comfortable, it also comes with a downfall. I've been wearing the shoe
on hard courts only for about 2 months, and the side of my left shoe (around where my little toe is) has completely torn apart,
down to the base mesh. This doesn't really affect the performance that much, but there are threads from the top layer of mesh
going everywhere and it is just a complete mess. I do a lot of sliding on hard court and drag my left toe and am pretty heavy on
my shoes in general. Another thing i noticed is that the inside part of my left shoe almost has a hole in it. This is probably from
dragging it on the ground when I slide. I found that the outsole has held up extremely well. I play on clay a lot and do not use the
Barricades for clay. I play on hard court probably about 10 hours a week, and my left toe has just started to get a little slick. Also,
if I push it down, it feels a little bit squishy, like I can feel that the midsole is going to start coming through soon. But for 2
months this is very good for me as usually my shoes don't last more than a month. Overall, the Barricade 8 is more comfortable,
more flexible, and lighter than the Barricade 7, but the Barricade 7 definitely has better durability in the upper and better for toe
draggers like me.
Comments: These are the worst Barricades ever and I have worn them all! There is no stability and your foot slides
all over the place. The cushioning isn't any better than the stability. I have ordered the re-released V and hopefully adidas hasn't
changed it too much otherwise I will stock up on 7s.
Comments: I've been wearing Barricade 6s for the past couple years. For some reason I thought I should try
something new. The 8s feel lumpy, heavy and unstable comparatively. In fact, I just rolled my ankle playing in them. Now I'm
looking for new shoes and a good ankle brace. Argh.
Comments: This is no exaggeration when I say that these might be the worst shoes of all time. I have many shoes -
- older Barricades, Babolats, Nikes, KSwiss, Asics, etc., I have tried them all. This shoe is horrible. It's heavy and slow. My toes
slide and jam causing pain. The stiffness didnt break in even after 6 or 7 uses. The arch design gave me plantar fasciitis. adidas
lost me as a customer forever with this one. Asics Gel Resolutions still gets my top vote.
Comments: These do not last. The mesh fabric breaks on the outside (lateral side) of both shoes due to making
quick stops/cuts. The toe box is way too loose, my foot swims in it. Very inferior shoe in comparision to its predecessors.
Comments: Tried these on in the store and was turned off right away. Bad fit -- too much movement and toe jam.
I'll stick with other brands for now.
Comments: First time full Barricade buyer, I have used and loved the Team Barricades, but these are another animal
and better. Sure, they are heavier than the Teams but man, the lateral support is amazing. They took a little time to break in,
about 2-3 hitting sessions, but they weren't that bad. At first, I had some toe jamming problems but I fine-tuned the lacing and it
went away. Extremely impressed with the comfort and performance and since the Teams were great for durability (not so great
cushioning) the full Barricades (which have excellent cushioning) should be fine. I like dark shoes so I like this color scheme.
Comments: I decided to buy some Barricade 8s even after reading some of the negative reviews. I'm a big fan of the
7s and as soon as I tried on the 8s I realized they were not for me. They have a much different feel and seem as though they do
not come up as high around the ankle as the 7s. My heel felt like it was coming out of the shoe even though my toes were almost
to the end of the shoe. Good thing Tennis Warehouse has free returns! I plan on getting a few pair of 7s before they are gone
Comments: The only thing I like about the 8s is the mesh. Otherwise, I think it's a step backwards. The shoe is
extremely stiff. The material on the side of the arch is extremely rough. I have a hotspot on my right big toe where that never
happened with the Barricade 7s. It will be my last pair I buy. Time to switch to something else.
Comments: I'm also having a problem with the eyelets digging into my ankles. I like these shoes, but like the 7s
Comments: This is the best shoe for lateral support on the market. If you play, and do so athletically, you have to
be in Barricades. If you know tennis, you know that it's all about lateral movement. Asics has no lateral support, Nike has Vapors
which have no lateral support. Get the Barricades -- you'll be hooked.
Comments: These felt perfect when I tried them on, but within one hour of play, a significant blister came up on
both sides of my upper ankle. There is a very hard roll of plastic that creates a friction spot that no bandaid will ever stop. Very
good looking shoe, but I am returning them as defective.
Comments: Stiff shoes, with great traction. I have a little rubbing in the arch, but I think that will go away. My toes
jam with quick stops. This will be my last Barricade purchase ever. I keep coming back to these shoes, with every new iteration, I
keep hoping they fix this problem.
Comments: I have a solution for adidas. Instead of trying to make a new Barricade shoe every year or so, why don't
you come out with the Barricade wide toe box (like Barricade 5 and 8) and also produce the Barricade narrow toe box (like the
Barricade 2 and 7)? I have the Barricade 8s and love them as well as the old 5s since I have a wider foot. I hated the 7s since they
were too narrow for me, but others thought they were the best ever.
Comments: Stiff out of the box. Solid feel though a bit heavy. Large toebox. I seem to be sliding into the front and
jamming my toe on both sides, even when rallying. Sloppy feel compared to previous Barricades.
Comments: Overall, a pretty good shoe. However, I think you should try them on before purchasing. It has a certain
type of fit that is excellent but if it doesn't fit you, you will have a bad experience.
Comments: Bring back the Barricade 2s! Enough said!
Comments: Good, stable shoe. Feet are supported well side-to-side and front-to-back. Toe box seems narrower
than average. Hard outsole that appears will last as advertised. I am also experiencing the blistering mentioned in some
customer reviews -- due to the stiff top eyelet area of the shoe rubbing on the inside of my ankle.
Comments: Generally speaking, I had the older model Barricades (really neat looking all white with black highlights,
maybe they were the Barricade 6) from adidas and I liked that fit the best. Now, these newer model Barricade 8s have one
problem I can't deal with -- the right shoe is rubbing the inside of my upper foot. I have played 5-6 times on a hard indoor court,
and they're less than 30 days old. Further, it feels as if something's also jabbing into it. The left shoe has absolutely no problems
though. Usually, adidas is a very comfortable, supportive and a very durable shoe. However, they're going back to TW. It's a
shame, because I love adidas quality. I have to try something else unfortunately.
Comments: Sorry, I don't like the feel of this shoe at all. I think adidas was trying to create a lighter and a running
shoe like feel to compete with Nike's Federer shoe. I think we will see a Barricade 9 very fast. This reminds me when they made
the 6s and very quickly the 7s came out.
Comments: Novak Djokovic remains using the B7s. Enough said. The B8 is by far the worst of the Barricade series. I
am returning my new B8s and will try to find a couple of pairs of the B7s. Please adidas, go back to the B7!
Comments: Amazing Barricade; feels faster and lighter than previous versions. Just order a half-size up and your
toes will be fine! Grip is outstanding, no break-in. Perfect shoe.
Comments: Worst Barricade that adidas has made. I have 4 pairs of the Barricade 7s and this is unexpected for the
Barricade series. I'm returning the shoes today. The toe is too wide. I still prefer the Barricade 7.
Comments: The worst Barricade I have ever played with. The top eyelet is cu
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