The idea of a laceless cleat has been tried before, but never has it been pulled off so spectacularly as it has with the Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL. The Ace 16+ PURECONTROL contains the make-up for ensuring high-performance and has turned out to be the most competitive laceless cleat to grace the cleat market.
These have been around for a few months, but I recently just got it and decided to do a review on it. As you would expect, the players tend to be concerned about fit, comfort, control, shooting and outsole/traction.
Considering this is the one factor every single player needs, we need to look at this first. It is necessary for the cleat to be comfortable, and still not have any room for weird foot movements within the cleat. From my experience with a size 13US cleat, which is my usual shoe and cleat size, I would say everyone should be okay length-wise. The cleat provides a bit of room for aeration around the toe area.
The width might be of concern to some though. Since there are no laces, the cleat staying on relies on the tightness of your foot in the cleat. This compression is what keeps the foot in the cleat, and this might be uncomfortable for people with wider feet. In my case, it fits perfectly.I would advise people with wider feet to size up half a size if they insist on still getting the Ace 16+ PURECONTROL, knowing that there’s a chance there might be room for awkward foot movements within the cleat.
You might be wondering if there is the tendency for the cleat to stretch over time. There is. But Adidas did a good job in ensuring the cleat should maintain its shape for a long time. Centralized across the upper region of the cleat, Adidas used a layer of rubber (red in the solar green cleats, solar green in the blue cleats) to hold the frame of the cleat in place. The length of time the cleat remains in shape is dependent on the strength of that layer of rubber, and synthetic rubber is usually durable. Washing the cleat with water could weaken the rubber over time and consequently, cause the cleat to lose shape.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t have issues with comfort if you’ve managed to get your true size. As with the Magista, the boot-like shape of the cleat provides more comfort in these cleats. The round cup at the heel is a great fit and offers more protection to the heel area.
There’s a reason a player with one of the best touches in the world and arguably the best playmaker in the game, Mesut Özil, opted to wear the Ace 16+ PURECONTROL cleats (click here to read what Özil had to say about the laceless cleats). The upper of the cleat is made with strong Primeknit woven with a thin waterproof layer of skin to offer protection to the Primeknit material. This combo gives you a nice, light control of the ball as though your actual feet are controlling the ball. To make ball control even better, the roughness of the outer coating resists the ball from sliding away from your foot.
The whole point of the PURECONTROL’s laceless design in the first place, is to create a clean, barrier-free strikezone in the region where laces would have been otherwise.
This enhances a better connection between your foot and the ball, without the usual inhibition of laces. The connection feels as if the contact is between your actual foot and the ball, whereas there’s a cleat protecting your foot.
The outsole on the Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL is an updated version of the old SprintFrame. The difference being that underneath the PURECONTROL, you find conical studs which affords you the same amount of traction regardless of which angle you turn to.
I’ve now managed to use these cleats on firm ground and artificial turfs and I can say I had no problems with traction.
Putting It All Together…..
I must say I’m really impressed with the fit of the Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL and the closeness of the ball to feet. I like the look and lightness of it as well.
But if I were a goalie or defender, I wouldn’t spend $300 getting these cleats. Because most of the innovations are geared towards shooting, control and passing which are for forward-minded players. Of course, a goalie or defender are welcome go for it if they want to have a fancy-looking cleat, but the additional functions of the PURECONTROL don’t directly apply to the job of goalies and defenders.
The official retail price of the Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL cleat is $300 at Adidas. But I recently found you could get it cheaper at eBay.
Purchase Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL at Adidas here
Purchase Adidas Ace 16+ PURECONTROL on eBay here
Anyway, those are my two cents on the Adidas 16+ PURECONTROL “Laceless” Cleats. See you in the comments.