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Comments: I was so unhappy with these shoes but kept them only because I had paid so much money for the pair.
The outsole wore out in 1.5 months. There was zero lateral support and the upper forefoot area was sooooo soft that you could
see my entire foot move with the shoe (like those Reeboks from the 80s) I rolled over a few times with these on. Not only that,
they made my feet look huge and 3x wider. Just bought a pair of Babolat SFXs and am super happy with those - sturdy, fab lateral
support, lots of room and stylish. Everything I was hopping the Barricade 7 would be.
From: Talar, 6/13
Comments: No support at all! The whole point of barricades had always been support and durability, these have
neither. I've worn barricades forever and have never rolled my ankles or fallen due to my shoes until these! Another thing, these
shoes will not make it past the one month mark (I'm a competitive player) and I've already completely tore through my pair in 3
weeks. Hope they bring back the 6's. if you love the old barricades and that type of support I would recommend the Yonex Power
Cushion as they are the closest shoes I've found.
From: Ally, 5/13
Comments: I have used a various number of the Adidas Barricades with the 2.0s and was very pleased with the
comfort and endurance of the shoe. I play girl's varsity matches 2-3 times a week, and used the Adidas Barricade 7.0 The outer
body of the shoe was broken in no time, but the bottom of the shoe is still in excellent condition. The shoe is torn up on the
outside after about 2 weeks. Still very satisfied with the comfort with the shoe, but will definitely not be ordering any more of the
From: Makayla, 5/13
Comments: I play varsity girls tennis at number 1 doubles. The first match with this shoe broke my whole big toe
nail off it bled thru my sock. And by the 7th match (3 and a half weeks) I wore a hole under my big toe. I used to love the
durability of the barricade but this version is absolutely terrible with no durability and a very painful break in period. I would not
recommend this to a friend.
From: Anon, 4/13
Comments: It has been a long time since I tried on a pair of Barricades. I remember them being awkward, clunky-
fitting jobs - these Barricade 7's are neither. They are snug, streamlined, and unbelievably stable. The cushioning and arch
support are amazing. I am all over the court in these things! They are the best shoe, hands down, I have ever worn on a tennis
court. Honestly cannot comprehend reviews critical of this shoe's stability; that is its strong suit.
From: BH, 4/13
Comments: Great arch support! Super comfortable from the first minute.
From: Julia, 3/13
Comments: These were my first pair of Barricades and I was happy with the shoe for the first couple of months as a
4.0-4.5 level player. After merely four months of playing 4-5 days a week (not even in tournaments) these shoes are worn
through. I'm shipping them back to Adidas this week. Additionally, I'm now experiencing foot pain, in part due to this shoe.
Major bummer because they started out so well. Perhaps not for aggressive movers or very active players. It's probably back to
Babolat shoes for me.
From: Robin, 2/13
Comments: Further to my previous comment, the mystery continues. The royal blue edition of the Barricade 7,
while forcing one to go up in size, were solid. The next pair I bought, (with the violet and yellow accents), seemed far flimsier by
comparison and I felt not enough support. So I use them for walking around. Just received the black pair (with the flashy pink),
and the feel of them is back to the solidity of the royal blue pair. Wore them for two hours right out of the box and they were
However, they seem bigger than the previous two pairs - not enough to go back down half a size to the previous Barricades, but
enough that I'll probably have to wear two pairs of socks.
Seems perhaps quality control is not happening at the factory. Or something. It's strange.
From: Stephanie, 1/13
Comments: Weird thing about these Barricades. I've been wearing them since the 4s, and while I wasn't happy going
up half a size with the new 7s, the first pair I had (the bright blue ones), were amazing. The second pair (the white with yellow
and purple accents) were supposed to be the exact same shoe. But they were worlds apart. So much softer and less support.
Remember, we're not talking about going from 6s to 7s. These are both 7s, bought only a couple of months apart. I use them to
walk around in. I've ordered the pink and black pair. Let's hope they're more like the blue ones (which I still wear) are. Because
otherwise I'm going to have to go to a whole new brand, and I came to adidas in the first place because Nikes just didn't fit my
foot well. I don't know why they keep messin' around.
From: Stephanie, 1/13
Comments: Poor shoe compared to the Barricade II (I do not mean Barricade 2). The 7.0's have uppers that provide
no support or stability, not too mention that the uppers are not snug enough. If you want a replacement for Barricade II, try the
New Balance WC 804.
From: Grace, 1/13
Comments: I normally don't write reviews but I felt like this one was a must. I have been wearing the Barricades for
many years but stopped for the last couple of years due the new sizing (half a size bigger) and I'm a size 5 and cannot go any
smaller. I have been in search for a new pair and have ordered and used Nike. All of my Nike shoes unfortunately gave me
blisters, arch pain and now knee pain. They just don't have enough support in any of them. When I saw the Barricade 7 went back
to its original sizing, I did not hesitate to order my new pair, and based on some of the positive reviews I was brave enough to
wear it out of the box and played for 2 1/2 hours without breaking them in. I cannot tell you enough how happy I am with these
shoes. No blisters, no arch pain, and no knee pain. This was also a lot lighter than the previous style but still have a lot of
support. I just ordered the other color and will be ordering more pairs and stock up on these shoes. Thank you Adidas for going
back to your true sizing. The search is over! I recommended this to my tennis partner and she also bought two pairs and loves
From: Reg, 12/12
Comments: First of all let me say that I have not worn Barricades since the 2's back in 2001 after my first child was
born. All of the models since then have been too wide or if I could get them to fit, they were too wide in the heel and slippage
was a problem. They were also too bulky on the court. I felt like I was wearing cinder blocks on my feel. These, however, fit
perfectly. I have a narrow foot and an even narrower heel. No slippage with these. I typically either wear 2 pairs of thin socks or
Thorlos Level 3's. I read that some people complained about lack of lateral support but I have not had that issue. I'm able to
move up, back, and side-to-side feeling very supported in these shoes. The light weight is a nice surprise. I can usually tolerate
a heavier shoe as long as my feet feel supported. Prior to these shoes I have been wearing the Asics Resolution 2's and 3's. I
haven't tried the 4's yet because I read that they were a bit wider than previous versions. I haven't had these shoes very long so I
can't speak to the durability. I'm also not a toe dragger so I can't comment on that either. The only thing I don't like about this
shoe is how plastic-y it looks. I can live with that as long as my feet are happy. I also noticed in the TW review the testers
mentioned the lack of ventilation. I didn't have that problem. I am a 4.0 doubles player that plays year-round on hard courts
From: Jackie, 10/12
Comments: I've always played in Nike, but my feet would always hurt after playing. I'm so happy I switched to
Adidas a few years ago!
From: Anon, 10/12
Comments: These shoes are cheap, thin and have little support. They look cheap, and they have no side support.
They may be light, but I want support when I run for a ball. I'm an open level tournament on court 6 days a week, and these shoes
have lasted 3 weeks. The uppers are falling apart. I hope adidas gets the idea that these are NOT the shoes for serious players.
These were sent to me by adidas to replace Barricade 6 warranty. I hope to find more Barricade 6's.
From: Debi, 10/12
Comments: After wearing out the Barricade 5 and 6 (I play 4 times a
week), it was time for me to get new tennis shoes and I didn't
hesitate before ordering the Barricade 7. I must say I find them
better than the old Barricade. The first improvement you will notice
right away is the weight. They are so light that before I opened the
box I was scared for a minute that the box would be empty! Being less
heavy and less bulky, they made me feel like I'm moving in a lighter
way. I felt they supported lateral movement well. I felt completely confident to make sharp
changes in direction without fear of stumbling.
Another improvement is that there was literally no break-in time
needed. The shoes felt comfortable and ready to wear right out of the
box. Not that I think it is so important to have a short break-in
time, but just saying.
I've never worn any other brand for tennis shoes so I can't compare, yet
I definitely recommend these shoes.
From: Shif, 9/12
Comments: I have been wearing adidas for at least 20 years on the tennis court, and these have zero lateral
support. I guess I will have to buy up all the Barricade 6's I can find, or switch to Prince or Nike.
From: Wendy, 9/12
Comments: I love these tennis shoes! I have a very hard time finding shoes that fit well in the forefoot, because I
have a wide foot, but these fit perfectly. The first time I played tennis in them, they felt like I had worn them many times before.
They are just so comfortable to play in and required zero break-in time, at least for me. I highly recommend this shoe. Yes, it
feels heavier to wear than a Nike tennis shoe, but performs so well on the court. Love it!
From: Crystal, 8/12
Comments: Seriously, they took the best shoe in tennis (the Barricade 6) and made it
into this cheap, thin, unsupportive tennis shoes. Looks like I will have to go back to the Barricade II's or find another manufacturer
- only problem with that is none of the shoes on the market for women (now) are durable or sturdy and if you are like a lot of
tennis players and have foot and ankle injuries in this shoe, you will probably have more injuries. I tried them on and it was an
immediate "not in a million year". Please adidas go back to making quality shoes for us! I can't have my fore-foot and toes
bending that much and I can't have my feet nearly on the court from thin, flexible materials on the sole/heel. I can't imagine one
set in these things much less three. Come on adidas, make the real court shoes for real tennis players.
From: NB, 8/12
Comments: They are light weight but too narrow. They made my feet hurt very bad.
From: Mia, 7/12