adidas adiPURE Pro Shoe Review
|adidas adiPure Shoe Scores|
|Overall Sole Durability||3.6|
Our team was very pleased with how this shoe performed. adidas set out to make a very comfortable performance oriented shoe, and they succeeded. Our playtesters took note of the immediate comfort straight out of the box. Although the fit was geared more towards a narrower and higher arched foot type, the soft upper and arch broke-in nicely for all of our testers after a few hours. On court, the shoe didn't disappoint. Our TW team felt the shoe was quite stable and supported their feet well. Like the Barricade 6, the adiWEAR 6 material used on the outsole provided excellent traction. The toe box did an excellent job against toe dragging. Most of the team felt the outsole offered plenty of durability, however, one playtester managed to quickly wear a hole through the outsole. Not quite as durable as the Barricade and not as lightweight as the adiZero Feather, the adiPURE Pro, with its fantastic comfort and cushioning, fits in nicely between the two and offers some classic and clean styling to boot.
With the introduction of the adiPURE Pro, adidas now has a shoe to please every type of player.
For those seeking the utmost in durability and stabilty, there's the Barricade line. For the player looking for a lighweight speed shoe, look no further than the adiZero Feather.
But what about the player who wants an extremely comfortable, ultra plush tennis shoe? That's where the adiPURE Pro comes into play. The shoe of choice for ATP Pro Fernando Gonzalez, this shoe features a supple full grain leather upper that needs no break-in. The use of adiPrene and adiPrene+ in the midsole ensures a well cushioned and responsive ride. Don't be fooled by its classic styling, this shoe is made to perform.
Let's check in with our playtesters to see what they thought of this latest addition to the adidas line.
Comfort - Score: 4.4
Our TW playtesters were in agreement that the cushioning was top notch. Chris felt like Cinderella when he put on this shoe. He said, "I loved the comfort I found in these shoes. The fit was just right and perfect for my narrow feet. The uppers were supremely comfortable from the very first wear to the end of the test. The cushioning was very comfortable and I never felt any undue jarring even though I played only on hard courts."
Appreciating the high level of cushioning was Jose. He said, "I enjoyed play testing these shoes. Right out of the box I didn't feel they would need much break-in. I do prefer to break in my shoes at least a week before I play competitive tennis. But then again, I do have really sensitive feet. I would say the comfort of these shoes was about the best I've ever felt. The cushioning holds up very well throughout a match. The best part of this shoe was the comfort."
Jason had some fit issues. He said, "I noticed the narrow fit of the shoes as soon as I tried them on, especially in the toe box. But I also noticed how plush the cushioning and upper was. I needed a few hours of break-in time before they felt better on my wide feet. Even so, I had slight rubbing on my toes throughout the playtest. The cushioning from the heel to toe was quite impressive."
"The shoes feel very cushy and comfortable inside, save for the fact that they are definitely meant for the narrow foot," said Ryan, who has slightly wider feet. "I felt them squeeze my feet right away, but there were no odd plastic pieces poking me and no other discomfort. Overall, a comfortable and well cushioned design."
Ventilation - Score: 3.4
The full grain leather uppers provided decent ventilation for our TW playtesters. Having little to complain about was Jason. He said, "Even though these weren't the most well ventilated shoes, I will give them credit for not being as hot as they look. Visually, the full grain leather looks suffocating, but it really wasn't that bad once I had them on and was playing in them."
Ryan also had no complaints, saying "The shoes were ventilated fairly well, and I did not experience any problems in this area."
"The ventilation was decent, but not exceptional in these shoes," said Chris. "I think the natural leather uppers helped the shoes breathe. My feet remained comfortable, but my socks still got pretty wet during a long hitting session. That's not unusual for me, but they do stay dryer in better ventilated shoes."
Jose said, "I did feel my feet getting over heated, especially on warm or hot days. The ventilation on the shoes is average. They are made of full grain leather but lack extensive perforations, and I felt that minimized the ventilation compared to some synthetic uppers or mesh."
Arch Support - Score: 3.8
The high arch received mixed results from our team. Chris loved the support. He said, "The arch support was absolutely perfect for me. My arches are slightly higher than medium and these shoes fit me like a glove. The contour inside the shoe followed the shape of my feet perfectly. This was, without a doubt, the best arch support I've had from a tennis shoe. I would expect to have to use something like a Superfeet insole to get that kind of support. Top marks from me here."
No complaints came from Jose, who said, "The arch support was a little high, but it was not significant enough to bother me. After a couple of hours hitting they broke in and fit my feet."
Ryan had similar sentiments. He said, "The arch support was fine, and my feet always felt like they were riding a little bit higher off the ground than with most shoes. Again, I didn't have any arch issues."
Jason needed a break-in period. He said, "The arch was too high for my taste. Luckily for me, after 3-5 wears the arch wore down enough for the shoe to be wearable, and it only got better as the playtest progressed."
Foot Support/Stability - Score: 4.2
The excellent support and stability of the adidas adiPURE Pro had our team moving confidently around the court. Ryan found the snug fit increased the support. He said, "Because my foot was slightly wider than the ideal fit for this shoe, my foot was held firmly in place. My foot never moved around inside the shoe or had a problem slipping that required a remedy, such as an extra sock. The shoes are reasonably stiff as well, increasing the stability factor."
"For having such a soft upper, this shoe did a great job supporting my feet," said Jason. Adding, "I think the snug fit had something to do with it, and I really did feel like my feet were locked into place. Stability-wise, I thought the shoe did a great job most of the time. There were instances when I was changing directions that I felt the uppers give and flex."
Chris had glowing remarks. He said, "My feet felt very well supported in these shoes. The fit was very glove-like, so there was no sliding around inside them. While the uppers were soft and comfortable, there was enough stability there to leave me feeling very secure. I thought the chassis did a great job of adding some lateral stability without affecting the comfortable ride."
Not feeling totally secure was Jose. He said, "Overall, the shoe had a glove-like feel and I felt a fair amount of support. The only concern for me was with lateral movement. I felt like my ankles could roll over."
Sole Durability - Score: 3.6
For the majority of our playtesters the outsole durability was more than adequate. Jose put a lot of hours on these shoes. He said, "This shoe is comparable in durability to other high end shoes. I play about 4 times a week for about 3 hours a day, and after a month I hadn't put too much damage on the sole. Usually it would take me about 2 months to wear down shoes with a six-month durability warranty. I was impressed."
Noticing little wear and tear was Ryan. He said, "The durability of the sole never became an issue, nor did I feel like wear was reducing grip. The adiPURE Pro performed well in this category."
Jason was pleasantly surprised with the durability. He said, "I guess I should've anticipated the fantastic durability since these shoes come from the same company that makes Barricades, but I just assumed that such a comfortable shoe would break down easily. I was wrong. Even after 15+ hours of mostly singles play the outsole showed very little wear and tear. The slightest of wear can be seen at the medial toe of both shoes."
Chris had opposing sentiments to the rest of the playtesters. He said, "The outsoles were definitely built for speed and traction over durability. The rubber seemed soft and grippy, and there wasn't a ton of it to wear through. After about two weeks I was completely through the outsole material under the big toe of my right shoe. The rest of the outsoles were holding up nicely and traction was not affected. However, the shoes are virtually unplayable after four weeks as I've worn a hole completely through the right shoe."
Toe Durability - Score: 4.1
The use of the adiTuff material in the toe offered great protection. Chris gave high marks in this category. He said, "The toe bumpers held up well. I was pleasantly surprised at how durable the toes were at the tip of the uppers because the shoe looks sleek. Despite the sleek look, the durability rivals that of shoes with bulky looking durability protection."
Jose felt the bumper guard held up well. He said, "The shoes have the adiTuff material on the toe for protection. I noticed that it did hold up well for my style of play. All I noticed was a couple of marks on the adiTuff."
Traction - Score: 4.4
Our playtesters loved how well the shoe gripped the hard courts. More than satisfied with the traction was Jason. He said, "You won't find me complaining about the traction anytime soon. What really sold this shoe for me was the day I was fed balls and ran drills. While sprinting from sideline to sideline I was really putting the traction to the test, especially when the balls were fed behind me and I had to plant and change direction. I had almost no slippage issues."
Chris found the traction to be flawless. He said, "I scored the shoes top marks here. I thought the level of traction was perfect. The outsoles were soft and grippy. I was able to sprint at full speed, make aggressive cuts and come to a quick stop without any sliding issues. If I had to pick one word to describe the traction, it would be, 'Dynamite!'"
Ryan felt the traction was almost too good. He said, "The traction was very good, but the excellent grip made it more difficult than usual for me to change directions quickly (on a hard court at least). I had to be careful when I was wrong-footed that I did not roll my ankle due to the extreme grip. This area required the longest adjustment from other shoes, since I had to be extra cautious at first."
Jose found the traction to be very solid. He said, "The traction was great. I felt that I could easily move around the court with no problems. It was easy to stop and start for every shot. I didn't have any problems at all changing directions, either. I would say that the traction on the shoes would compare to other top end shoes like the Barricade 6s or Nike Air Courtballistec 2.3s."
Weight - Score: 4.4
The lightweight feel of the adidas adiPURE Pro impressed our team. Ryan liked the weight. He said, "The shoe does feel very light and maneuverable. I like feeling unburdened by a shoe when playing tennis so that I feel faster and more agile, and this shoe was perfect in that sense."
Chris agreed, saying, "The shoes felt very light and fast. I loved the way they flexed with my feet. I felt that whatever weight was there was well hidden. I think the light weight feel was helped by the great heel to toe transition I found when running around the court."
Jason found the weight to be quite sweet. He said, "For a shoe that offers as much cushioning, durability and traction as this shoe does, for it to also feel mobile and fast as well, was just icing on the cake."
"The weight of the shoe felt a little heavy, but I understand that it is tough to make such a comfortable and durable shoe light weight," said Jose. "All in all, I thought the weight of the shoes was comparable to most other high end shoes."
Overall - Score: 4.2
Jason - "The great cushioning and soft uppers. Traction and durability were also impressive."
Chris - "I loved the comfort, cushioning, traction, support, fit and fast feel. Even the understated cosmetics grew on me."
Ryan - "It looks classy and stylish, and can be versatile with regards to wearing it in some casual settings. It was cushioned well and the durability seemed above average."
Jose - "I like the comfort and cushioning, and the elegant look the shoe provided."
Jason - "The fit was just not for my foot shape: too narrow and too high of an arch."
Chris - "Just not durable enough for me."
Ryan - "The biggest dislike had to be that they were a little too narrow for my foot. I almost rolled over a couple of times changing directions at first, and I attribute this to the higher balance point (as opposed to a low to the ground feel)."
Jose - "Lateral movement for me was an issue. Also, I would have felt more comfortable with the durability of the shoe if adidas would have offered a six-month durability guarantee."
Comparing the adiPURE Pros to other shoes they've worn, our testers said:
Jason - "The level of comfort reminded me of the Prince T22s. The fit was more like an early Vapor, with its narrow fit and high arch."
Chris - "The fit of this shoe reminded me of the CC Feathers, as it was a great fit for my narrow feet and the arch support was substantial. On that front, the durability was similar, too. As with the CC Feathers, these didn't last long, but while they did I loved every minute of playing in them. They are my favorite shoe of 2011."
Ryan - "I would prefer this shoe over brands like Wilson or Prince, but the Barricades and the Air Courtballistec 2.3s would still win my favor. The shoe is a durable selection and well cushioned, but felt a little bit stiffer than my standard Air Courtballistec 2.3's."
Jose - "I would say that the fit would compare a lot to a Barricade V. The durability is really close to that of the Barricade as well, but the cushioning, in my opinion, is better than a Barricade."
Playtester Foot Types:
Jason - Wide width, low arch
Ryan - Medium width, medium arch
Chris - Narrow width, medium arch
Jose - Medium to Narrow width, lower than medium arch
Review date: April 2011. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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