adidas Barricade 7 Novak Pro Red/Blue Men's Shoe Customer feedback

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Comments: Before buying this shoe, I took the time to read many reviews. Loving the look of this shoe and all the positive reviews, I decided to buy them. I'm probably the least picky person on the planet, but I ended up returning this shoe. I never wore them on the court or even out of the house. They felt like bricks on my feet. There was no possible way I felt these shoes could be broken in. They felt absolutely terrible.
From: Bryan, 12/16

Comments: The Barricade 7 is just such a solid shoe. It's not too heavy and the stability is second to none.
From: Ryan, 11/16

Comments: They are hard to break in. I have been playing over 2 weeks, but they still feel stiff. They offer excellent stability though. I am not ordering these again!
From: RJ, 10/16

Comments: I bought this Barricade model after owning 10 previous pairs of Barricades over the last 10 years. This Barricade 7 is as good as they come. Very stable and supportive. I have a narrow foot, but the Barricades seem to fit me well. My previous Barricade shoes (mesh model) were lighter than the 7s, but this 7 model is more supportive for lateral movement. Maybe 1-2 sessions and they're broken in. I only play 1-2 times per week, so these shoes will last me for at least 2 years. I have never worn out the soles on Barricades; they're just made extremely rugged and durable.
From: John, 10/16

Comments: Bought the shoes to play outdoor basketball. I figured that the outsole will last much longer than a basketball shoe. Plus I figured that footwork wise the movements are relatively the same. Sharp changes in direction, running forward, running backwards, lateral movements and jumping. First impression of the shoe is filled with mixed emotions and I will explain why. Pros -- shoe looks fantastic and is built like a tank. Grip feels like they will work a treat. Cons -- don't care too much for Novak's head on the tongue. Might change the yellow shoelace to black. Then for Fit: Pros -- slip in comfort. Shoe feels solid and stable but doesn't feel heavy. Cons -- the arch support doesn't sit in the right spot for me. I have a very low arch. Hopefully these will break in. I have wide feet and these feel narrow. I'm predicting that my feet will absolutely hate me after a game. But will see after I really road test the shoe. And, the worst thing, the lockdown is absolutely non existent. I've laced up to the last eyelet and I'm still feeling heel slippage. I'm beginning to wonder how the heck Novak keeps these shoes on during game play? Completely tightening the laces make it feel better but makes the narrow shoe feel even narrower. Again will find out for sure when I test run. Other comments: not normally something I consider an issue but these shoes do not breathe. I put them on without socks to walk around the house and my feet were instantly sweating. Will it be an issue during a game? I don't know. I guess Novak plays in them for sometimes over 3hrs and it doesn't seem to affect him. But then again he is a freak of nature.
From: Roy, 9/16

Comments: This is an excellent shoe. They feel much lighter than they are. I've used all the newer Barricades and keep coming back to the 7s. I'll keep wearing them as long as they are made.
From: Ryan, 9/16

Comments: These shoes are surprisingly comfortable and help me feel very light on my feet. I can only recommend them, especially if you have wide feet. As long as adidas makes these shoes, they'll have a lifelong customer. Big ups adidas!
From: Thomas, 8/16

Comments: Been using Barricades for many years. I love it. I love Tennis Warehouse more. Too much room up front on the Novak 7s for a normal width foot. The wide width guys can go up a few sizes, but the normal width guys can't go down a few sizes. The foot gets way too hot so it needs more venting and/or different material. My foot gets soaked and the shoe gets real heavy. Sizes are a bit different on the Novak vs. the regular Barricades too. Otherwise, the best comfort from a Barricade in years, great stability and durability as usual.
From: Pat, 8/16

Comments: This was my first pair of Barricades. I am 5'10" 170 lbs, an aggressive 4.0 player, and wear size 11.5. Nice shoes. Comfortable, sturdy, moderate weight. Plenty roomy in the front, suitable for a medium to slightly wide forefoot. Durability is above average. These lasted about 100 hours: the same as Prince T-22 for me. The 6 month warranty is a must for me. And now adidas no longer charges for return postage. I will buy this shoe again.
From: Dale, 7/16

Comments: I love the Barricade 7s. I thought the Novak Pro was supposed to be a lighter version. Unfortunately, it is the exact same shoe as the 7, or perhaps even heavier. Compared to a new Novak Pro, size 13, to a Barricade 7 i have, the Novak Pro was 488 grams, and the Barricade 7 was 476 grams. So the Novak Pro was 12 grams heavier, perhaps the heavier weight is because the Barricade 7 has lost some rubber to the courts, but definitely pick the shoes you want based on cosmetics alone, because the Novak version is not lighter.
From: BJ, 5/16

Comments: The Barricade 7 is absolutely my favorite tennis shoes. I have been loyal Barricade user for over 10 years. The Barricade 7 provides good support, stability and comfort for my wide feet. Unfortunately, my last warranty replacement pair was the Barricade 2016. The Barricade 2016 is very different from the Barricade 7. The Barricade 2016 is much narrower, with less arch support and less cushioning. It hurt my feet after walking in my house for a few minutes.
From: John, 4/16

Comments: I have used the last few Barricade models in 2014-2015 as well as Asics Gel Resolutions and Nike shoes. The Novak Pro is the best tennis shoe I have worn. It is very stable which makes me very confident when I am making aggressive moves around the court. The Barricade Boost does have more cushioning but no where near the same stability. The one drawback on the Novak Pro is that I felt the shoe retained a lot of moisture. I live in Singapore and constantly play in hot and humid conditions. The outside layer of the shoe is plastic so all the moisture seeps into the thick cushion tongue and sole of the shoe. After 2.5 hours playing in 35c heat the shoes were saturated, heavy and felt like I was walking in puddles. Something for adidas to look at improving. Never had this issue with the Barricade 2015.
From: KP, 4/16

Comments: I have relatively wide feet, having previously worn a size 12 New Balance (D and even EE, say 800) and Wilson ProStaff 700, so when I bought these, I asked TW support if adidas Barricade 7 Novak are compatible with such feet, and they said they are. When they got here, I put sole against sole and New Balance was perhaps .5 centimeters (a quarter of an inch) wider. Still, I was able to get in them (with Thorlo socks -- always the best), and they don't pressure my feet. The side support is exceptional, the heel cup is just OK, they have space enough in the toe box for my toes to wiggle, and they look great. I am concerned about just one single issue: the shell is very plasticky (no leather) and doesn't have many breathing holes, so I wonder how soppy/wet they will feel inside after 2 hours of play. The soles are black, I hope they will last well.
From: Marius, 4/16

Comments: These may not be most comfortable shoes on the market, nor the flashiest and certainly not the lightest. But they sure are the best. Stability, stability, stability. That's the name of the game. Loved them when they were the Barricade 7s a few years ago, and love them now as the Novak Pros.
From: Vivien, 3/16

Comments: These are hands down the greatest pair of tennis shoes to ever leave the factory. These shoes have the best traction and feel compared to any other shoes. I just tried the Barricade 2015 and I was pretty disappointed. Those shoes caused me to slip and slide way to often and the traction on those shoes were horrible. Overall these shoes have a little break-in period but after that initial period, these are the best shoes on the market.
From: Christopher, 3/16

Comments: I just received my first ever pair of these Barricades (received, not bought - because Tennis Warehouse is the most awesome tennis store ever and I got these as a sole warranty replacement). I previously had the Barricade V, which were awesome -- an absolute perfect shoe. Now, these Novak Pro Barricades are excellent, overall. But I noticed right away that the edge wears on my side ankle bone -- just under it. It isn't strongly irritating (i.e., I don't think it will be an issue, really) but it isn't comfortable, and honestly I'm wondering if Novak has high ankle bones to escape from that abrasiveness. Despite that, the first time I played in these, I felt like they were the most impressive shoe, technologically speaking, I have ever owned. They just seem "fast!" I don't know how they did it. Perhaps adidas' design leads to a structure that offers springiness and stability in this shoe, but I feel like more of the pounding from running on a hard court was absorbed than normal, and that is huge. I can see why Novak put his face on the tongue of these shoes! (Though, as a Federer fan, I might have to black it out with a sharpie!)
From: Nick, 3/16

Comments: I have wide-ish feet, to the point where going up a full size in the old Nike Ballistec would crush my feet and leave me crippled for a day. These are perfect for me, with the 2015 Barricade and Boost model fitting slightly small (I went up half a size to fit into the 2015 Barricade width-wise and now my toes slam into the front of the shoe). I hope Barricade 7s do not get phased out in favor of Djokovic's signature shoe and stay in production forever.
From: Anonymous, 2/16

Comments: I'm another long-time Barricade wearer. I purchased a pair of these back in June of 2014 and finally had to replace them. Playing 3 sets twice a week (hard court only). After all this time, the left upper heel support unfortunately broke, and the sole under both big toes finally wore through. I had thought they would wear faster being lighter, this was not the case. I was still playing in them and had not even noticed the broken shoe. They are still in good shape and I am now wearing them as a casual sneaker. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 -- great shoe.
From: Tom, 1/16

Comments: Still the best tennis shoe out there! I am a 4.5 player and I love these -- I'm on my 4th pair. Great support/stability and still light enough to not feel like you get stuck in the ground.
From: Alex, 1/16

Comments: Long time Barricade wearer. These are great. One notable new feature (for me at least) is 100% plastic/rubber construction. I like this because they are easy to clean up and it does not appear that they will crack or lose their finish like the leather versions did. The rubber is comparable to the leather in terms of comfort.
From: Jeff, 12/15

Comments: I am a 3.5-4.0 hardcourt player and am on my third pair of these terrific shoes.I normally play Spring to Fall outdoors on asphalt 3-5 times per week and indoors for the winter and can get almost a full year out of these shoes! (I weigh 210 lbs). Comfort is good for their life and I've never been injured or had ankle or any other issues from them. adidas please keep up the good work and keep making these shoes. And TW keep selling them!
From: Ralph, 12/15

Comments: I hope TW never stops stocking these shoes! The red/white version is my favorite.
From: Dan, 12/15

Comments: I've been a long time Nike user, and found the Adidas Barricade 7.0 very hard edged and unforgiving. The area where the last lace holes meet the inside and outside of the foot are very hard, and I was bleeding from both inner ankle areas after the first use. I taped up the area when I used them again, but the hardness of the materials really made the shoes uncomfortable for me. I'll be going back to my Nike shoes soon!
From: Clay, 10/15

Comments: I would buy these shoes in a heartbeat because I love the Barricade 7s, and I love the color scheme. I would even buy them for the $124 price. Except, Novak Djokovic's face is on them. I don't really want his face on a pair of shoes I'm wearing. His signature is one thing, I can't abide by the face. I will be looking to pick up older versions of the 7 of Vs until adidas changes this. And I've worn Barricades since the IIs.
From: JC, 10/15

Comments: I got the red Barricade 7 a week ago. This being my first pair of adidas shoes in 20 years, and my first pair of Barricades. I was surprised at how stiff it felt. But now, after a weeks worth of use, the shoe has started to break in, and it feels fantastic. This shoe is not as soft as my Asics Gel Res 5s, but is comparable to my Lotto Raptor Ultra IVs. I bought this shoe because of its color, and it is beautiful. If Lotto had a shoe this color, I may not have tried this shoe. Now I'm glad that I did.
From: Farhad, 9/15

Comments: Got the black and white Djokovic version and played with them yesterday. Just awesome! I currently own 15 pairs of Barricade 7s. Most of them are discontinued but since I've been cycling through them, they'll probably last for another year or two. So you know that I absolutely love these shoes! They are extremely durable, the stability and traction on the court is second to none and their durability is incredible. Now, I absolutely don't care for Novak however, when the #1 player in the world has refused to move beyond the Barricade 7s and because of him, they continue coming out with all of these models, it tells you about the quality and performance of the 7s. It would be so much more convenient for adidas to just discontinue the 7s and focus on the newer versions but, they are not because they have realized their following and success of this line. Go 7s!
From: Milad, 8/15

Comments: The best Barricades ever are the B7s and B5s! I just wish adidas does another run of these B7s! Please adidas, please!
From: Jojo, 7/15

Comments: Amazing shoes, but tight and hard to break-in. I give them a 7 out of 10.
From: Oscar, 7/15

Comments: Great shoe oriented to be durable. I feel my feet lock in and secure. The traction on hard courts is amazing, on clay, it is regular. The outsole durability is the best (10/10) and the cosmetics are nice. The downsides: the break-in period -- in my first pair the arch is really painful, but after breaking them in, it is no problem. The ventilation is OK (6/10), sometimes my feet feel hot. It is a great shoe absolutely, but it could be better. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10.
From: JFK, 6/15

Comments: I don't recommend these shoes. They feel like wearing Timberland boots. Stiff and tight. After wearing them for an hour, I feel like 2 of my toes will fall off. It's painful to wear these.
From: Rob, 7/15

Comments: Oldies are goodies. Because of my pretty wide feet, I have been only using Barricade 5 and 7s and thoroughly enjoyed them (others just doesn't fit me right). Support and durability are unmatched (slightly heavier than some shoes but the B7 is quite light overall). With numerous iterations of new Barricades, I see adidas brought back the B5 last year. And for the B7, they are keeping it and re-introduced under "Novak Pro" (as ND keeps competing in B7 and not anything else). Things (obviously) happen for a reason as I am sure they are the best selling Barricades for adidas over the years. B7 fans should thanks Novak. You may pay a slight premium for his "signature" on your shoe. But it is a negligible cost if you are a serious player. I bought 7 pairs in various colors thinking they will be discontinued. Now I need to find storage space for these new Novak Pro colors (I like the new red ones, real sharp).
From: Mark, 6/15

Comments: Long break-in period. Pretty stiff and tight toe box even with narrow feet. Now that they are broken in, they are a good shoe even if they are a little heavy.
From: Anon, 6/15

Comments: I really like the Barricade 7. The last Barricade I used was the 2, first when adidas originally released the shoe and then again when they brought the 2 back. I need the support. I have high arches and a narrow toe box and I need more of a European fit. I used a Head shoe when i couldn't find an adidas shoe that provided both fit and stability. The 7 has brought me back to adidas.
From: Sam, 5/15

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.
From: Brian, 3/15

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!
From: Alex, 1/15

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.
From: Luis, 1/15

Comments: I have two other Barricade 7s but these Novak ones are way less comfortable for some reason. The sole is harder and stiffer! I think I'll try to put an extra insole in and see how much that helps.
From: Sander, 1/15

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 perfectly.
From: Sujiiberg, 1/15

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 stable foundation.
From: Chanh, 12/14

Comments: Outstanding traction. Stable. And the durability is the best. And it gives me complete confidence to avoid injuries.
From: JC, 11/14

Comments: Love the Barricade 7s! I hope adidas continues to make these for a long, long time.
From: Ry, 9/14

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.
From: Mark, 9/14

Comments: Great shoes. I actually like these better than Nike shoes by a long shot.
From: Joshua, 8/14

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.
From: Chris, 8/14

Comments: These are just fantastic shoes! My favorite Barricades!
From: Anon, 8/14

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 quality control.
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 stability.
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 back!
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 far.
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 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!
From: Barry, 5/13

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.
From: Stefan, 4/13

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
From: Walter, 4/13

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 good.
From: Anon, 4/13

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.
From: Steve, 4/13

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.
From: Somnath, 4/13

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.
From: Shawn, 4/13

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.
From: Zachary, 3/13

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!
From: Ryan, 3/13

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!
From: Scott, 3/13

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.
From: Varun, 3/13

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!
From: Steve, 3/13

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.
From: K, 3/13

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.
From: Matt, 3/13

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.
From: Jim, 3/13

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.
From: David, 3/13

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.
From: Jeff, 2/13

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.
From: Nihal, 2/13

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.
From: Karl, 2/13

Comments: Barricade 6...not so good! The Barricade 7 is the freakin' bomb. Comfortable, stable, and overall you won't find a better shoe.
From: Anon, 1/13

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.
From: Peter, 1/13

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.
From: Rob, 1/13

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.
From: Rob, 1/13

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.
From: Tony, 1/13

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.
From: David, 1/13

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.
From: Marv, 12/12

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.
From: Alex, 12/12

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!
From: George, 12/12

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.
From: Memo, 12/12

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.
From: R.P., 11/12

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