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Adidas promises better ball control with its first laceless soccer boot

by • January 18, 2016 • No Comments

Adidas hasn’t been afraid to test the waters when it comes to offbeat footwear. Between 3D printed running shoes, connected soccer cleats and football boots that look additional like socks, the German sports giant has been really caning to publicly document its penchant for experimentation. In its latest foray, Adidas has done away with a staple of many covered footwear and launched a laceless football boot that’s to be worn in-game by a few of the world’s top players this weekend.

Dubbed the ACE 16+ Purecontrol, Adidas’ newest wheels do away with conventional laces and use a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cage to secure the middle part of the foot. There’s in addition an internal locking process and the upper section is made of a combination of open and loose knitted structures, a fewthing called Primeknit that featured in Adidas’ all-in-one boot/sock hybrid concept of 2014.

The upshot of all this is, according to Adidas, a football boot that fits like a glove and offers nearer ball control thanks to its larger surface area and absence of pesky laces. Beginning this weekend, a few of the world’s many high-profile footballers can slip into the ACE 16+ Purecontrols and take to the field in pro competition.

“My whole career I have tried to minimise the impact of laces on my strike and ball control,” said Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil, who leads the English Premier League for assists this season. “I announced to adidas in 2014 that in the changing room I knot the laces over and over again and and so tuck in the ends, that way they do not interfere with my touch. When they came to me last year with the laceless boots, it was like they have made my dream product. I cannot wait to wear them on the pitch.”

We suppose if those floppy strings were such a hindrance for the Arsenal playmaker and so he can have enquired with Lotto of the laceless boots it has offered since 2010. But hey, we’re certain he has his reasons.

The ACE 16+ Purecontrol can be debuted by Ozil when he takes the field for Arsenal this Sunday, along with Ivan Rakitic for Spanish giants Barcelona. There’s no word on pricing, but a limited number can and so become on the market in Adidas’ flagship stores in Paris, Marseille, London, Barcelona and Manchester and of selected retail partners.

Source: Adidas

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