FourFourTweet Reviews – adidas ACE 15.1
The ACE 15.1 is adidas’ answer to the much-endeared Predator, which was discontinued in 2015. Much like the Predator, the ACE is designed for the playmaker, the one who seeks to control the game. Mesut Özil, James Rodriguez and even Steven Gerrard are amongst the professional’s to be donning the beautifully engineered boot.
adidas have kept the design for the ACE 15.1 modest. The famous three-stripes roll under the sole in Matte Silver whilst the main part of the shoe has two primary colours. The latest colourway sees Core Black dominate the forefoot and whit wrapped around the heel. The colours have all the hallmarks to be a true classic for the purists and although the Mint Green laces sound rather whacky at first, they somehow perfectly complement the shoe’s design.
adidas’ latest launch of silos have been tighter you’re your typical fit. We’d recommend going half a size up for the ACE15. The boots are incredibly comfortable and expect next to no time in breaking them in
The shoe is composed with a three-layer construction. The TotalSkin upper is very soft and thin which brings your foot closer to the ball for more of a barefoot feel. The ControlWeb spans the entire forefoot. Unlike the Predator Instinct, there is minimal attention to ‘grip spots’ and there are no major zones of rubber that led to too much grip in the past.
The ACE instead uses Non Stop Grip technology which is essentially thousands of tiny raised dimples to provide a consistent touch in wet and dry conditions
One of the highlights of the designed is the TOTALCONTROL feature. The new soleplate features a FG/AG combined stud configuration to offer the ultimate grip on any firm surface. This is arguably one of the best designs in the game right now and we wouldn’t be surprised if the other leading brands follow suit in the near future.
The boots are durable in design and protective in strength. The synthetic make-up of the ACE means the investment is likely to be worth your while. In the month-long trial period, we noticed next to no signs of wear and tear and despite being on the wrong end of a few late tackles, the boot kept our feet protected. The new heel stabilizer keeps your feet locked in place with minimal points of slipping.
The ACE 15.1 is a significant upgrade on adidas’ last launch of control boots, the Predator Instinct, and if you manage to shake off the eternal love for the legendary Predator ranger, you have yourself a fine pair of football boots. Although the webbed design seems to be more of a gimmick than a necessity, they are a wonderfully crafted shoe and are well worth the £150 retail price.