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Adidas adiPure 11Pro 2 Review

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Adidas adiPure 11Pro 2 Review

Perhaps the biggest complaint that I had regarding the original adiPure 11Pro was the lack of leather through the mid-foot of the upper. The new adiPure 11Pro 2 sports a full Taurus leather upper, which is essentially calfskin leather, providing a much more traditional feel when it comes to comfort. Other changes to the 11Pro model include a different cut around the ankle and heel area of the boot. The cut is now much more similar to that of the Predator LZ and Nitrocharge models, providing a slightly deeper and more secure fit overall. Memory foam is also one of the major new implementations on the 11Pro 2, with inserts in both the forefoot and tongue of the boot. This makes for a very cushioned feel, with the padded tongue eliminating any possible chance of lace-bite, while the memory foam inserts in the leather forefoot have less of an impact on comfort.

Other comfort elements include a removable EVA foam insole, providing some decent step-in comfort, but isn’t anything remarkable. The heel is lined in a smooth synthetic material, with plenty of extra padding, keeping your heel locked in place quite nicely. The Comfort Frame outsole is also a significant change coming from the previous 11Pro model, which is all about comfort, as you might have guessed. Unlike the Sprintframe outsole of the original 11Pro, the Comfort Frame is made from a much more flexible plastic material and also features a slightly wider base, making for great comfort when running, as well as slightly improved stability. Stud pressure is not an issue, as the new 11Pro stud pattern does a great job of evenly distributing pressure across the entire foot. One feature that has been left out with the Comfort Frame is miCoach compatability. The outsole does not feature a miCoach cavity, which doesn’t impact the performance in any way, but if you currently use the miCoach chip, just know that it is not compatible with the 11Pro 2.

From right out of the box, the 11Pro 2 is relatively comfortable, but at the same time somewhat awkward. This is mainly due to the unique feel of the leather in the forefoot, which features thin memory foam inserts designed to provide a dampening effect when making touches on the ball. The memory foam insert running through the middle of the synthetic tongue also adds to the slightly bulky feel of the shoe, as it is thicker than I would have liked. With all of this being said, after about 2 to 3 hours of break-in time, everything starts to feel a lot more natural. Discomfort is never an issue, its just that it takes a little time to get used to the unique feel of the 11Pro 2. Once broken-in, the 11Pro 2 provides the comfort that you would expect from a more traditionally styled boot, which is a major improvement coming from the original 11Pro.

The 11Pro 2 offers a fit that is suitable for nearly any foot type. The Comfort Frame base of the 11Pro 2 is definitely the widest base of any current Adidas model, making it the most appropriate choice for wide footed players. With the being said, if you do have slightly more narrow feet, you shouldn’t have any problems achieving a quality fit in the 11Pro 2. The calfskin leather upper will stretch a decent amount, so ideally you want a fairly snug fit from right out of the box in order to avoid any kind of over stretching after break-in.

In terms of sizing, there is a little bit of variation. I had the opportunity of wearing both a size 8.5US and 9US for testing, and found that I was able to achieve a comfortable and quality fit in both sizes. Normally I wear a size 9US, but since the leather upper stretches a decent amount, I found that I was able to comfortably go down half a size, with a slightly tighter fit of course. At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a tighter overall fit, than I would recommend going half a size down, where as if you prefer a snug, and arguably more comfortable fit, than I would recommend staying true to size.

Weight

The adiPure 11Pro 2, in a size 8.5US, weighs in at 9.1oz, which is about an ounce more than the original 11Pro. Some might view the difference in weight as a negative, but to me, this is a step in the right direction for the 11Pro, in that it shows that Adidas is focusing more on comfort and feel, rather than the stripping down the boot to make it as light as possible. The added weight is mainly due to the full leather upper as well as the Comfort Frame outsole, but these changes make all the difference when it comes to the overall comfort of the boot. At the 9oz mark, the 11Pro 2 is in my opinion the perfect weight for a more traditionally styled boot.

Traction

The all-new stud pattern of the 11Pro 2 is more traditional variation of the previous 11Pro. The studs are triangular in shape and feature a much narrower profile, similar to the size of the studs on the Copa Mundial. The layout is pretty straight forward with four studs under the heel, four studs on the lateral side of the forefoot, three studs on the medial side of the forefoot and one support stud in the middle.

The narrow profile of the studs allows them to easily penetrate the ground, providing decent grip at push off. The triangular studs feature rounded corners, making for a stud pattern that performs very much like a traditional conical stud pattern. When planted, you still have plenty of freedom to pivot and turn, making for a very maneuverable feel. The slightly shorter length of the studs also makes for a very stable feel, keeping you nice and close to the ground, while the flexibility of the soleplate allows the boot to move very closely with the bend of your foot.

Overall, there’s nothing ground breaking about the new 11Pro 2 stud pattern, but it works, and that’s what matters. It suits the traditional style and feel of the 11Pro 2 and is what I would consider to be a modern variation on the Copa Mundial stud pattern.

Touch

While the 11Pro 2 might have the appearance of a pretty standard leather soccer cleat, the feel is actually quite unique. The quality of the calfskin leather is actually pretty good. It’s about the same thickness as the original 11Pro, but has a slightly firmer cushion to it. One could argue that the boot should be kangaroo leather instead of calfskin, but if that’s something that really bothers you, than you probably aren’t going to buy these anyways. With all things considered, the quality of the leather is just fine and feels premium, but if you have your heart set on getting the highest quality leather boot possible, shoes like the Copa Mundial, Nike Premier and Nike Tiempo Legend 4, just to name a few, might be better options.

With that being said, there’s more to the overall feel of the 11Pro 2 than the quality of the leather. The most unique aspect of the 11Pro 2 is the memory foam inserts on the leather forefoot. It’s a similar concept to what we’ve seen for several years now from the Mizuno Supersonic Wave series, which they call the “Feather Touch System”, but the feel and implementation of the memory foam is much different with the 11Pro 2. The foam inserts on the 11Pro 2 are subtle enough to where you won’t really notice anything unusual about the boot until you actually start to use them.

The leather upper provides softness and flexibility, while the memory foam provides an unusual dampening effect on the ball. At first, the dampening sensation feels really strange, and to certain extent, takes away from some of the ball feel that a plain leather upper would normally provide. Once the boot is thoroughly broken-in, your feel for the ball will improve and the dampening effect of the upper does make for a slightly more controlled feel in that it seems to absorb the impact of the ball quite effectively. Of course, no shoe is going to improve your touch on the ball, but if you’re looking for an extremely cushioned feel, the 11Pro 2 might be something to consider. Apart from the forefoot, the rest of the boot is made from plain old calfskin leather, providing a nice soft touch on the ball when making and receiving passes.

My one complaint regarding the upper is definitely the tongue. Instead of leather, the tongue is 100% synthetic, with an unusually thick layer of memory foam running the length of the tongue. While the memory foam insert makes for a very comfortable fit, there is no denying that it takes away from the ball feel. You will get used to the feel of the extra bulk, but I still would have preferred a simple leather tongue.

I wouldn’t say that the touch of the 11Pro 2 is better or worse than a traditional leather soccer cleat, but instead would classify it as different. I would recommend the 11Pro 2 just like I do the Predator LZ, in that its not for everybody, but if everything that I’m describing sounds good to you, than you may want to consider the 11Pro 2.

Shooting

When striking the ball in the 11Pro 2, there is a noticeable amount of extra padding across the main striking area of the boot. Again, the memory foam is the main reason for the padded feel, but I don’t necessarily view it as a negative when it comes to shooting. Again, it really comes down to personal preference, and if you prefer having a more padded feel, than you’ll love the 11Pro 2.

The smooth leather finish of the upper is pretty slick, so you don’t get any additional grip on the ball other than what the leather provides on its own. This again isn’t an issue, as this is the case with pretty much any traditionally styled, leather boot.

Protection

One of the major positives to having some extra bulk to the upper is protection. The memory foam inserts in the forefoot and tongue will provide some decent impact protection should you get stepped on. For the most part, traditionally styled soccer cleats tend to be above average when it comes to protection, but with the extra protection provided by the memory foam inserts, I would say that the 11Pro 2 is one of the more protective boots currently on the market. The 11Pro 2 also features an internal plastic heel counter, that will provide some decent protection against kicks to the back.

Durability

Everything about the 11Pro 2 feels really solid when it comes to build quality. The leather is soft, but at the same time doesn’t feel delicate. I didn’t experience any issues with sole separation and nothing jumped out at me as a potential durability concern. Keep in mind that the 11Pro 2 features a natural leather upper, so some maintenance is required to keep the boots in optimal condition. If durability is a concern for you, then 11Pro 2 is a safe bet.

Also, keep in mind that the Firm Ground version of the 11Pro 2, or any FG shoe for that matter, is designed for use on natural grass playing surfaces, and nothing else. Using any FG boot on turf/artificial grass will have a major impact on the longevity and durability of your shoes.

The Verdict

The 11Pro 2 is a significant improvement over the original 11Pro. It offers a unique blend of classic and modern elements, making for a shoe that offers a feel unlike any other traditionally styled boot currently on the market. The part leather, part memory foam upper offers a very controlled feel, while the new Comfort Frame and general fit of the boot makes for a very comfortable playing experience. While there are still some minor issues with the latest 11Pro, it is still a great effort by Adidas to create what is essentially a modern variation of the classic Copa Mundial. For anybody on the market looking for a traditionally styled boot with a twist, the 11Pro 2 is definitely something to consider.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight8 out of 10
Traction8 out of 10
Touch9 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Protection9 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE60 out of 70 or 86%
Joshua Vujovic (1052 Posts)

My goal is to provide the most detailed, in-depth reviews on all the latest soccer gear. Its very easy to get caught up in all of the hype around the latest soccer equipment, but we're here to point you in the right direction. As a product tester, I always give my honest, unbiased opinion on everything that gets tested, ensuring that you're always getting the most accurate information possible


43 Comments

  1. Does the overall performance and quality of this adipure justify its 9.1 oz weight? What would be the pros and cons between this boot and adidas’ LZ predator? Also how much do you think weight really matters in a football boot? Is a 9 oz boot with leather better than a 6 or 7 oz boot that is synthetic?

  2. How well do these cleats keep out water, and leather cleats in general?

    • There isn’t a single shoe on the market that is water resistant. If you’re playing in wet weather, your socks and feet will get wet.

  3. How good are they are they worth the money and are they comfortable please reply.

  4. Hi josh, i would like to know if these cleats cause blisters or rubbings

  5. What sort of leather cream do you recommend for these shoes? I’ve looked online and there’s things like leather balm and other creams and I can’t tell the difference. Also do you suggest getting adidas’ leather cream or would any leather cream meant for shoes work?

    • Honestly, anything that you can get your hands on will do the trick. Whether its a cream or an oil, it all does the same thing.

  6. If I comfortably wear a size 12 Predator what size do you think I would be in these? A size 12? I wanted to try them on at my local soccer shop but they only carry up to a 10.

  7. I currently wear these boots, I was wondering how do these match up to the predator lz 2? I am a central midfielder and I was just wondering how the on the ball feel differs in the preadators as well as control.

  8. Hey josh,
    Im currently wearing size 9US on the COPA MUNDIAL and I have a wide feet (2E).will I fit in the 11pro 2 comfortably? what size will I go in the 11pro 2?

  9. Hey which is better the nike premiers or this? Plus where i love the premiers are for 140 dollars and the 11pro 2 for 160$ which should i get? Is the premier that good for 50$ more?? Thanks

  10. I am looking at buying either the 11Nova IC or the Nike Tiempo Legacy IC for Futsal as I want a leather indoor shoe from the main silos. Which would you prefer, and is there a NOTICEABLE difference, or are they quite similar?

  11. I bought the Puma Powercat 1.12 and these in a size 11. The weight was about identical at 10.2 ounces. The width feels identical but the 11 pro has about 5/8 inch space in front of my big toe which I think is too much and the Puma’s have only about a 1/4 inch. The sole plate is measurably wider and shorter on the Puma’s. After wearing both for a couple of hours the Adidas feel more flexible all the way around in the upper and the sole plate, When I get up on my toes I can feel the Adidas flex more easily. I do like the closer fit in front on the Puma’s better but the Adidas feel more comfortable. Both shoes feel tight in width and length on my three smaller toes, any tighter and my toes would feel pinched. My question is if I sized down to a 10.5 in the Adidas to get rid of some of that space in front of my big toe, would you think the leather would stretch enough that my toes would not feel pinched? Are you of the opinion that a more flexible sole between the toes and the mid foot is better for running? Thanks for the reviews.

    • They’ll stretch in width, not in length. As long as they aren’t uncomfortably tight from brand new, they should stretch out and fit perfectly after a few hours of wear time. Generally when a soleplate is more flexible, it feels more natural when running. Stiffer soleplates aren’t though, its more a matter of preference.

  12. Is the leather resistant because im playing in grass but it isnt really soft and tall, its kind of short and kind of hard so is the 11 pro good for me ? or the predators

  13. Hi Josh is it ok if I get cleats with a little toe and if it is how much is just right
    Because I have ingrown toenail and my soccer cleats kill me now so I wonder if should foe a half size up or what

    And thanks in advance

  14. I meant little toe room and toenails (both big toes)

  15. Hey Josh,

    Awesome work as usual! As a heritage boot guy, I’m definitely happy with this most recent version of the Adipure 11Pro 2. I’ve spent the last few years wearing my beloved Adipure IIs, & had no real interest in the Adipure III or first 11Pro. The Adipure IV looked promising but I never got to try them myself. So it is good to see the Adipure/11Pro line moving in the right direction.

    Just wanted to make sure that there is no significant performance difference between this latest Solar Blue model & the previous Samba Pack. Found a real deal on the Samba Pack version, so I can live with purple. And when the Solar Blues go on sale, I’ll probably be there too.

    Thanks!

    • The only difference is the heel liner. If you check out my videos on both colorways, or just look at the pictures on my site, you’ll see the difference. It’s a minor difference that won’t really have much of an impact on anything, its more a matter of preference.

  16. Can you compare this adipure with adizero leather the previous one?

  17. Can you compare this adipure with adizero leather the previous version?

  18. hey josh, is the SL model an overall better cleat? I saw a great deal online for the Pro 11 2 SL (BLACK and LIME) aswell as the 11Pro 2 (battle pack) im debating buying one of the 2 because the initial price was 260 as opposed to the 200 for the regular 11 PRO..

  19. How has the battle pack synthetic held up so far?

  20. Hey Josh, you should try to do a review on the japanese model called the pathiqe 11pro. I’m really interested in getting them, but they’re so hard to come by in the U.S.

  21. Hey Josh, I was wondering which do you think is a better choice between the Adidas adiPure 11Pro 2 or the nike Magista Orden?

  22. Hey Josh, I just wanted to know what size adiPro 11 I should get if I wear an 11 in the Maestri III and 10.5 in the evoPOWER.

  23. Hi Josh,
    I have been out half the season over here in the UK and now need a new pair of boots for my start of the season. Im and defender (CB) and was wondering if the leather is the right way to go and which are my best option of shoes out there on the market for a player of my position. I thought leather was right so i was wondering what the battle pack WC addition feels compared to the normal 11 pros due to the synthetic upper and not a calf skin leather! the battle pack colour way i personally like and i can’t seem to find a samba pair out on the market anymore so i was wondering which to go for the WC or the standard 11 pros! Keep up the great reviews you’ve been doing you have helped me so much over the past years!:)

    • Your position shouldn’t have any impact on what shoes you were. Pick your shoes based on your preferences when it comes to feel, not by what is marketed towards your position on the field. If I were to pick between the two versions of the 11Pro 2, I would definitely go for the standard leather variation of the boot.

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