You may have noticed some of the global football (soccer) stars wearing boots without laces. Released by adidas on 23rd January, they are the world’s first high performance laceless boot worn on pitch by the likes of Mesut Ozil and Ivan Rakitic. A limited number of the ground-breaking boots will be available to the public in adidas flagship stores in Paris, Marseille, London, Barcelona and Manchester, and in selected retail partners.

The laces have been replaced with three key points of stability to lock the foot into the boot. A TPU cage locks over the iconic three stripes to secure the mid foot, and is further anchored by a knitted upper and an internal knitted techfit locking system. The upper is an evolution of adidas’ Primeknit technology, combining tight and loose premium knits across the boot for optimum fit.

The result is a glove like fit, and the cleanest possible strike using a larger surface area to generate more power and accuracy. The ACE 16+ Purecontrol has been rigorously tested at every level, from grass roots leagues in Sweden to cutting edge robotics in the adidas laboratory. The boot also features an enlarged heel pocket and a redeveloped sole plate designed to reduce the weight of the boot.

For further information please visit adidas.com/football