Adidas Reviews, adiPure Reviews, Latest Reviews — November 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Adidas 11Pro 2015 Review

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The 11Pro, formerly known as the “adiPure” line, is a line from Adidas that is all about providing a blend of classic and modern styling. The Copa Mundial is and will always be one of the greatest kangaroo leather soccer cleats of all-time and if you’re looking for that classic, comfortable leather feel, it should always be taken into consideration. With that being said, not everybody wants what has been labeled as an “old school” boot, and that’s where the 11Pro line comes in.

If we’re honest with ourselves, the 11Pro line up until this point has been somewhat disappointing, mainly due to the lack of kangaroo leather. For 2015, Adidas has given us the 11Pro 3, which is a boot that not only gives us a full kangaroo leather upper, but it’s also one of the most modern, interesting leather soccer cleats that we’ve ever seen.


Kangaroo leather and comfort go hand-in-hand, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the 11Pro 3 is a comfortable boot. The leather is soft, and relatively thin which is great, but that’s not what makes the 11Pro 3 special. Normally with a leather soccer cleat, the upper is stitched as a way of reinforcing the leather. The stitching allows the leather upper to maintain its shape a little better and prevents the upper from over stretching. If you look at the 11Pro 3, you’ll immediately notice that the upper does not feature any visible stitching, which gives the boot a very distinctive look and feel. Many have compared the upper of the 11Pro 3 to the Nike Hypervenom Phantom’s NikeSkin upper as well as the upper of the Nike Tiempo Legend 5, but what Adidas has done here is entirely different, and unlike anything else currently on the market.

In place of stitching, Adidas has developed a unique way of reinforcing the leather upper without taking away from the soft feel of the leather, while also allowing for a more secure, and responsive feel than you would normally find from a standard leather soccer cleat. Instead of stitching, the upper is internally reinforced by what Adidas calls the “Engineered Support Skeleton”, which is what gives the upper its textured appearance. Inside the boot, directly attached to the backside of the leather upper and beneath the interior liner, is a criss-crossed synthetic material, which acts as reinforcement for the upper in both the forefoot and rear portion of the upper, with the mid-foot being left with no reinforcement at all. This feature is really only noticeable in the forefoot, mainly because the rear portion of the upper features an internal plastic heel counter, so you aren’t in direct contact with the upper. With that said, it is still a highlight feature of the 11Pro 3.

The thickness of the support skeleton is more substantial than you might expect, but certainly doesn’t feel uncomfortable or bulky. At first, I will say that I was skeptical of it, simply because the support cage itself is not as soft or flexible as the actual leather from out of the box, but after some wear time, it softens up significantly and once you get used to the shoes, you stop noticing it all together.

Another concern that I had was that the support skeleton would restrict the upper from stretching, and again, after some wear-time, I found the upper did stretch, almost like any other leather shoe would. So, all of my worries about the support skeleton taking away from the natural feel and comfort that you would expect from a kangaroo leather shoe turned out to be non-issues after some break-in time. The shoes fit and feel great.

The support skeleton has also been marketed as a better alternative to traditional stitching, and while I will say that I’m both impressed and intrigued by the support system in the 11Pro 3, I can’t say that it’s significantly better or worse than the average leather soccer cleat, just different. It’s very difficult to describe, but if I had to put it as simply as possible, the 11Pro 3 feels like a thin synthetic soccer cleat, with the softness of a kangaroo leather upper. It provides a traditional feel in that the upper is leather, but the support skeleton definitely adds a very modern sensation that I haven’t experienced from any other leather boot.

The shoe features a very deep, central lacing system that allows you tighten the boots really nicely. The tongue, unlike the rest of the upper is made from synthetic, with various padded inserts to cut down on lace-bite, something that was not an issue with the 11Pro 3. If I have one complaint about the tongue, it’s that it tends to slide over to the side while you’re playing, something that isn’t uncommon for any soccer cleat really, but I did find it to be a bit of an annoyance with the 11Pro, but of course sliding it back over every once in a while solves this problem completely.

One design aspect of the upper that is worth mentioning is the small synthetic strip that that divides the two sides of the forefoot, in between the two pieces of kangaroo leather. There’s no explanation from Adidas as to why the synthetic strip is there, but my concern was that it would cause some kind of discomfort, especially once the shoe began to stretch, but fortunately that was not the case. It softens up just like the rest of the upper, and is minimal enough to the point where you don’t really notice it all, so if it was a concern for you, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Other comfort elements of the boot include a smooth synthetic leather or synthetic suede heel liner, both of which are quite comfortable. It seems that the heel liner material will vary with each colorway, but after using both, I can’t say that I don’t have a preference, as both were very comfortable. The insole is made from a single layer of foam with a synthetic suede liner, nothing unusual from Adidas, with the most unique feature being the plush, memory foam insert in the heel. The memory foam seems like a great idea, and is very soft to the touch, but once you put your foot inside the shoe and stand, the memory foam compresses to the point where it is completely flat. Since your heel is locked into the shoe, the memory foam doesn’t get the chance to spring back into shape, so you never really get that “cushioned” sensation. It’s not an issue, but something worth mentioning. Also, the soleplate is quite flexible, so the shoe just has a very natural feel overall.

As far as fit is concerned, the general shape of the 11Pro 3 hasn’t changed much from the previous 11Pro 2, mainly because the 11Pro 3 is still based on the same ComfortFrame soleplate. When you put them on for the first time, you’ll find that the upper is soft, flexible and also has a strangely structured sensation without any pressure points on the foot. You get the comfort of a leather shoe, with the structure of a synthetic, which is great. The shoe has what I would describe as a snug fit that will be suitable for most foot types from right out of the box. As mentioned earlier, the upper will stretch a pretty decent amount, so if they fit a little tight from brand new, just give them some time to break-in, and they’ll stretch to the exact shape of your foot, making for a custom and comfortable fit. It’s the widest boot that Adidas currently makes, aside from the Copa Mundial, and a shoe that will suit just about everybody.

One last thing worth mentioning regarding the fit of the 11Pro 3, is that it has the same low-cut heel that has become a common characteristic amongst every adiPure and 11Pro model. I didn’t have any issues with heel slippage or discomfort, but I know not everybody like the low-cut feel that this line has always had.

In terms of sizing, I wore my usual size 9US for review, and the fit in the length was perfect. I would definitely recommend going true to size for the best possible fit.


The original 11Pro was very noticeably designed around being lighter than any previous adiPure model, while the 11Pro 2 was not quite as light. The 11Pro 3 maintains a similar weight to that of the 11Pro 2, which may seem somewhat surprising considering that the boot has such a sleek, low-profile, almost “speed” boot-like aesthetic. In a size 9US, the 11Pro 3 weighs in at 9oz, which is down about half an ounce from the previous model. The boot does not come across as particularly light, but it isn’t heavy either. For a full kangaroo leather soccer cleat, the 11Pro 3 falls into a nice weight range in my opinion. IF you’re looking for something ultra-light, this probably isn’t the boot for you, but if you’re looking for something that is light enough, and just has a very comfortable yet solid feel on feet, than you shouldn’t have any issues with the weight of the 11Pro 3.

For me personally, 9oz is just about the perfect weight for a soccer cleat, but of course your opinion may differ.


As I mentioned earlier, the 11Pro 3 features the same soleplate and stud pattern combo that was featured on the previous model, something that I’m quite happy about.
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 manoeuvrable 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 11Pro 3 stud pattern, but it works, and that’s what matters. It suits the feel of the 11Pro 3 and is what I would consider to be a modern variation on the Copa Mundial stud pattern.


To put it simply, the 11Pro 3 feels unlike any other kangaroo leather shoe that I have ever worn, and I’ve worn just about everything. What makes it unique is that the upper is soft and flexible, but unlike most kangaroo leather boots the touch is more structured rather than plush, if that makes any sense.

As far as kangaroo leather goes, the 11Pro 3 is thinner than most, so when you combine that with the structured support skeleton lining the backside of the leather, you get a unique sensation when making touches on the ball. I would describe it as a leather Mercurial Vapor, in that the upper is thin, has that slightly padded leather sensation on the ball and has that perfect wrap around your foot. I don’t really know how else to describe it other than saying that it is very good, and I like it a lot.

The finish on the surface of the upper is pretty much completely smooth, with no additional grip on the ball. This is to be expected with pretty much any shoe of this type, and if you’re looking for that no nonsense feel for the ball, you’ll get that from the 11Pro 3, as you would with most simple, leather soccer cleats.

If you’re looking for a traditional leather soccer cleat, the 11Pro 3 is not it. What you do get with the 11Pro 3 is the softness, comfort and natural feel of leather, with a thinner, more structured feel that you would normally get from a synthetic soccer cleat. It is the most interesting and probably the best modification to a leather upper that I have ever experienced. For the younger generation of players who have perhaps never worn a leather soccer cleat before, the 11Pro 3 would be a good first choice, and for those who have experienced leather soccer cleats before and are looking for a more streamlined, less bulky leather soccer cleat, the 11Pro 3 is again a very good option.

If you’re a fan of leather soccer cleats, you’ll appreciate what Adidas has done where with the 11Pro 3.


Striking the ball in the 11Pro 3 is pretty straight forward, and nothing that you wouldn’t expect. The upper is thin, but at the some time has a padded sensation, allowing for a very clean strike on the ball. The tongue is synthetic, and a little thinner than the rest of the upper, so you’ll get more of “pingy” sensation when striking the ball with the laces area of the foot. The upper is free of any extra grip or texturing, so there isn’t anything that is going to take away from the natural sensation that you’ll experience when striking the ball. For those that are fans of very simple soccer cleats for shooting, you’ll enjoy the 11Pro 3.


Modern soccer cleats are getting thinner and thinner, to the point where something like a Nike Tiempo Legend or Adidas 11Pro is considered to be one of the more protective boot options. In the case of the 11Pro 3, the leather upper does have some padding to it, which in turn leads to some protection, but as a whole, the boot is pretty thin in comparison to most leather soccer cleats. To put it simply, if you get stepped on, you’ll definitely feel it. It is more protective than something like a Nike Mercurial Vapor or Adidas F50 adizero, but not by a whole lot. There’s some protection to be had by the internal plastic heel counter, but that’s about it.

If protection is a concern for you, I would still say that the 11Pro 3 is still “safer” than the majority of synthetic boots out there, but less protective than most leather ones.


As far as durability is concerned, I haven’t has any issues with the 11Pro 3. I’ve put well over 20 hours into the main pair that I wore throughout the majority of my testing, and they have held up just fine. There is no visible wear to the shoe, and apart from the upper having stretched to the shape of my foot, they’re just as they were from day one. This is a boot that should easily get you through a season’s worth of play, if not longer should you take good care of them.

One thing to note that perhaps isn’t crucial to the durability of the boot, is that the upper does not have any stitching. Stitching is normally the first thing to get dirty on the upper, which makes your shoes look dirty pretty much permanently. Of course the laces will still get dirty, but the upper cleans up quite nicely, so for those who like to keep their shoes looking new, the 11Pro 3 is much easier to maintain than just about any other leather soccer cleat out there.

The upper is also made from natural leather, so some regular maintenance is required to keep the upper in optimal condition.

Please keep in mind that the Firm Ground version of the 11Pro 3, or any FG soccer cleat for that matter, is designed for use on firm, natural grass playing surfaces and nothing else. Using any FG soccer cleat on turf/artificial grass will surely have a major impact on the durability and longevity of your shoes. If you’re going to be spending any significant amount of time playing on an artificial playing surface, I would strongly recommend going for an AG stud pattern rather than FG.

The Verdict

Something that is expected whenever we get a new model is improvement over the last, and that’s a tough thing to do when you’re dealing a shoe as simple as the adiPure/11Pro. There’s only so much you can do to modify or enhance that classic leather formula, and with the release of the 11Pro 3, Adidas has really done everything you could possibly do to make kangaroo leather seem like a new an interesting feature.

It is at this point in time the most modern kangaroo leather soccer cleat on the market, with its unique combination of soft leather and internal support system. The 11Pro 3 is comfortable, fits extremely well and offers a unique feel on the ball. Visually, I think that the boot is stunning, offering a classic yet modern look and the overall design will allow for tons of different and unique color combinations.

It doesn’t really compare to anything else out there at this point in time, so if you’re looking for something that feels unique, the 11Pro 3 is it. While the upper is made from kangaroo leather, it’s difficult to compare the 11Pro 3 to shoes like the Copa Mundial, Tiempo Legend 5 or even the Nike Premier. It truly is the most modern leather soccer cleat I’ve ever worn.

Kangaroo leather is often considered to be “old school”. The 11Pro 3 breaks that trend, and that’s what makes it special. If everything you just read sounds good to you, then the 11Pro 3 is a boot that I can strongly recommend.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight8 out of 10
Traction8 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Protection7 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE59 out of 70 or 84%


  1. Hey Josh,

    I’m in the market for a new pair of boots but I’ve ran into some sizing issues. I’ve been wearing a size 9.5 us ever since my feet stopped growing. Recently I’ve been noticing that my boots, that I’ve been wearing for a while now without any issues, feel too tight on my feet and are painful to wear. So I tried a friend’s boots in a 10 us and they felt comfortable at first but slightly too big when playing and I felt my foot moving inside when making sharp cuts or planting to shoot. The boots I’m talking about are Mercurial Vapors if that helps. Your help would be very much appreciated.


  2. Hi Josh,

    I’ve been wearing padded synthetic boots for quite some time now and I’m planning to switch to leather cleats, preferably with a premium touch and feel such as kangaroo leather. At the same time however, I still want that pingy or solid sensation when I’m making long passes or shots. I already tried the premiers and copas and although they were extremely comfy boots, they lacked that very solid sensation that I was looking for. The 11 pro 3s look promising. Do you think the reinforced interior and internal skeleton can provide the premium touch and pingy feeling that I’m talking about?

    Thank you.

    • Based on what you’re looking for, the 11Pro 3 fits that description better than any other shoe that I’ve personally worn. The Magista Opus may also be a boot to consider, although it isn’t leather.

  3. Hey Josh,
    Any update on the 11 pro and the upper stretching? I really want to get a pair, but i still don’t know if i should get my regualr size mens u.s. 8.5 or go half a size down. I have a pair of copas in a 8.5 and those stretched way too much that they fit my friend who wears a u.s 10. Your help is very apreciated and keep up the work on your vids! They really help!

  4. When will you finish the written review on these ? I can’t wait D:

  5. Hey Josh, I have always been using the adidas predator line and I’m not sure if I should go with the 11pro or instinct this year?

    • Both great shoes, it just depends on what type of feel that you’re looking for. The Instinct will provide lots of extra grip on the ball, which you’re probably used to coming from past Predator models, while the 11Pro 3 will provide no extra grip on the ball, and have a slightly more padded feel for the ball.

  6. Thanks Josh, by the way I just wanted to ask for your origin since I’m bosnian and Montenegrin

  7. Hey josh i was wondering if the 11pro 3 in the black color way had a bag like the orange and white ones since you have both would like to know if possible.

  8. josh in the top ten boots in the world write now where would you put the 11pro in that list or not even in it

  9. Hi josh I’m highly thinking of getting the new 11pro but abit worried about the durability of the cleat I constantly make hard cuts and sprints so I’m worried that the leather upper would stretch to much

  10. Hello Josh. After seeing your video about the 11pro 3 and after trying them on. I was wondering if the shoe will stretch enough to get smaller size or just a normal size. I wear the magistas obra 7.5 US size and they feel a bit tight on the toes. Would 11pro3 also feel tight on the toes with that same size? if it does, would it stretch enough to make it feel too tight?
    Thank You so much for your time.

    • I wear a size 9.5US in the Obra and a 9US in the 11Pro 3 for a very similar fit. The 11Pro 3 will stretch unlike the Obra, so it’s up to you on whether or not you think you should go down half a size.

  11. Hey Josh, how waterproof are these and how long did they take to break in?

    • No shoe is waterproof, but I would say that these are as water resistant as most other leather boots, nothing to really complain about. I touch on the break-in process in the written review, check it out.

  12. Hi josh,I’m currently wearing men’s size 9us for a snugg fit with thick socks that I wear for games or trainings,do u think by wearing a half size up 9.5us would affect the fit of the boot majorly?

  13. Which leather soccer shoe would you consider the highest quality boot and which leather boot would you consider to be the most comfortable

  14. Hey Josh, I’m in the market for a new pair of boots. Currently, I own a pair of Nike Tiempo Legend V; I like the touch and feel that they provide. I’m looking for a boot that will provide a comfortable, soft, and padded feel on the ball. I am willing to try something new, but I do not want to lose a comfortable and soft touch on the ball. You have mentioned that the 11Pro is like a leather Mercurial. Does the thinness of the leather take away from having a soft padded feel on the ball?
    By any chance, other than the 11Pro SL models, do you know of any other leather boots with bladed stud configurations?
    What boot do you prefer: Tiempo or 11Pro?

  15. How would you say the mizuno morelia mij compares to the cops and premier as well as the 11pro

  16. Hey Josh!

    Could you please do a comparison between the 11pro 2 and 11pro 3?

    Thank you so much for the awesome job!

  17. How does the leather quality of the puma king top di k compare to the Nike premier

  18. When will the play test and review be up on youtube?

  19. Hi, Just wondering how much these will stretch? I love K leather boots but most times after a few months I find that the K leather shoes overstretch to the point where i dont get enough outside lateral support (exception being Mizuno Morelia Neo) and obviously performance is compromised . I tried these shoes in an 8.5US and find that the shoe fits snug and comfortable my fear is that once i purchase and use them these will overstretch. I also noticed that sketleton support is only in the toe box which might allow the outside of the boot to overstretch. That being said I think the leather is thicker as you move away from the toebox in addition It also seems that the adidas stripes might be connected to the lacing holes where there seems to be some added material for durability which could potencial help the boot from overstretching on external side. PLeas elet me know your thoughts. I hate buying expensive K leather boots only to have them becom inadequate due to overstretching.


  20. Hey Josh,

    I am a wing back/winger and I’m choosing between the 2015 11pro fg and the 2015 leather f50 adizero. Do you have a preference and why?


    • Your position has nothing to do with what shoes you should wear. You should pick your shoes based on what type of feel that you’re looking for. If it were me picking, especially if you want a leather boot, the 11Pro 3 is a much better option.

  21. Hey Josh!

    I’m relatively new to soccer and I just bought a pair of 11 questra’s which I’m looking to replace cause they’re a bit too big. ( I didn’t know that football boots are supposed to be super snug) I’m planning to get serious in this sport so I’m planning to get a high end pair of shoes. I’m thinking of getting this pair in a size 9.5 but they leave about 2 or 3 millimeters of space between my toes and the end while the size 9 feels just about 1 millimeter too tight lengthwise. Which one should I get? Thanks!

  22. I was thinking of buying these in size 9.5 but that would leave about 2-3mm of space between my toes and the tip. Should I go down to Size 9 ,where the fit is just a tad bit too snug to be comfortable, and just hope that they’ll stretch out?

  23. Hey josh I was wondering which you would recommend between the Evopower 1.2 and 11pro 3 because I noticed a lot of former Adipure players switched into the leather Evospeed or Evopower so I’m guessing they share similarities in comfort at least.

    • What pros switched to is all about contracts and which company is going to pay them more money to wear their brand, so Iwouldn’t concern myself with that at all. I would personally pick the evoPOWERs, but they’re both great shoes, just very different when it comes to feel.

  24. Hi Josh,

    Thanks for the review. Just tried on the 11 pros today and am undecided on the best size to go with. I have quite a narrow foot, so width is always an issue for me, the 8 was pretty snug all round, but probably a bit less room in length than I would like, the 8.5 was a bit better length wise but seemed too big in the width at the front and was gaping as I bent my foot. i initially was leaning towards 8.5, but after reading ur reviews maybe the 8 is the better way to go if they will stretch a bit? Any recommendation?

  25. I play outside back and was wandering would you recommend this cleat for my position

  26. Hey josh, I like a padded feel on the ball but most leather boots I have tried have way too much rollover when making cuts, which is why I bought the nitrocharges. Do you think the new 11pro suffers less from this problem because of the support skeleton or is it the same?

  27. Hey Josh,
    I have always worn Tiempos, but Nike has raised the price drastically over the past 2 years. Im planning on buying some 11pro 3 but im not sure pn what size to ger, im currently using some Tiempo Legend 4 size 11.5 what size should i get for the 11pro?

  28. Josh, I just find it frustrating how you always give Mercurials or other speed boots such high ratings but give quality boots like these such low scores.

    • If you read the review, it is very positive. The score at the end doesn’t really mean much at all. It essentially tells you good or bad. 1 or 2 points doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. It is the details the review that matter.

  29. Hello Josh,

    I went to the local Adidas Store and tried the 11Pro 3’s in 9.0US and 9.5US.

    9.5 felt really comfortable! But had a little space upfront which I am not sure if I will fill as feet get swollen on a game.

    9.0 felt really snug, my foot hurt a little, it wasn’t comfortable as the other one. I have wider feet than you. And my toes where just about to touch the end of the shoe. But I don’t know if the K leather will stretch enough. Would 9.0 be ok?

  30. Hi Josh, love the reviews. I like the idea of the soft leather feel with the structural support of the synthetic support cage, but Im concerned that the stud pattern wont provide enough grip. Do you think this will make or break this shoe for me? and do you think there are any oher shoes (leather or synthetic) that fit this description? Thanks

    • I didn’t have any issues. It isn’t as aggressive as something like an F50 or Mercurial, but I wouldn’t call it a deal breaker, just something different. I was totally satisfied with the traction that these provide.

  31. Josh, I have used the copa mundial for probably two years now. And I am searching for a new pair. I loved the copas but was wondering if I could get a little bit better touch through the 11 pro 3. Would the switch be worth it or should I just stick with getting a new pair of copas.

  32. Hi Josh, have a question for you. Which boot would you recommend between 11Pro 3 (Leather) and The Copas? In terms of comfort and durability. Thanks

    • They’re both very comfortable shoes. The edge might go to the Copa when it comes to durability, but I’ve never had issues with either of them. You can’t wrong either way. They’re distinctly different when it comes to feel, so it really depends on what you want.

  33. hey josh,
    I’m playing as a goalkeeper and gotta ask you if these boots are good for me. If they’re not, can you recommend me any other boots? (From Adidas because I have wide feet) I personally like a cleat with durability, good touch and not too expensive because I’m 14 years old and I want to make the cleats worth the money.

  34. I’ve always worn boot which is around 200g, do you think I will notice that these are not as light as mercurial for example or do you think I will not notice it as much?

  35. Hi Josh! Do you know where I can get the insoles to this shoe? I really like them and would like to have them to my other shoes

  36. Hey Josh,
    I’ve got a special needs foot and need my cleat to be as wide as possible at the toe and base of toe area. Needing to find something ASAP. Which cleat would you recommend?

  37. Hey! I’m looking to get back into soccer, and just want a quality basic cleat that will be durable. Seems like this or the copa or maracana is what has been suggested. Do you have thoughts or advice? Thanks!

  38. Hi Josh! I love your review on this 11 pro. On most of your old videos on these, you described them as kind of like a ‘leather’ vapor. And since there is a tech craft vapor 10 now, how would you compare this 11 pro to the ‘actual’ leather vapor? I know that the tech craft vapor doesn’t have a tongue which can differs the feel a little bit, but let’s assume that it has one (maybe like the tech craft veloce), how would you compare them solely on the comfort, fit, and feel, and which one do you prefer?
    I’m sorry that the question may sound a bit like a maze but I hope you understand the point and reply me when you’re best available, because I am planning on buying one of these soon and a little bit of your help can make a better buying decision for me. Thank you so much and cheers!
    Keep up with your awesome work Josh! I watch your videos every single day, haha!

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