Last season’s Adidas Super Salas were super dominant in my eyes. They had all the right aesthetic design qualities matched with superior comfort in the adiprene inserts, and they seemed like decent shoes for a light rec league season. Unfortunately, I was unable to pick up a pair before the shop ran out, so I patiently waited for the new Super Salas to arrive. On first glance, the new Lemon colored shoes seemed like a let down, but after strapping them on my feet, that all changed.
This season, Adidas swapped the orange and white color scheme for a lemon and white scheme. Like I said, it was a little off putting at first. However, once I got them on my feet, I came around to the idea. The blend of mesh and synthetic leather on the upper part of the shoe is solid, and I like that Adidas kept the contact area of the shoe completely synthetic leather. This is going to keep the toe from tearing and ripping on you, which is of course a plus. Another design change with this rendition is that the 3-stripe design is only represented on the outside of the foot. The inside of the foot has been altered to be the beginning (or end) of a sort of sonar signal design that wraps around to the front of the toes, just before the 3-stripes. It’s basically a distorted elliptical design with seven concentric gray lines that start out fairly thick on the inner part and abruptly thin out between the first and second toe. I didn’t think I’d be too excited about that design, but it’s definitely grown on me. It looks good when the shoes are actually on your feet.
Aside from the color scheme changes and minor aesthetic changes, these shoes provide a solid amount of comfort. The shoes would be great for a rec league, but they can also double as a sweet pair of casual or work shoes. If you have to be on your feet for an extended amount of time, these shoes will keep your feet comfortable and keep your feet from hurting. The only thing that might be an issue with the shoes is the toe being glued to the upper instead of stitched. I can’t say for certain how long they’ll last; Adidas may use some super strong adhesive, I don’t know. From what I’ve read, the shoes will be good for a season or so if you’re playing in them fairly consistently, so keep that in mind. You can get a pair for $44.99 right now, which is a great price for a season of consistent use. In my mind, that price is definitely fair for the high aesthetic appeal in the market and the amount of use you’ll get from the shoes.
Written by: Kris Dyer, soccerprose.com
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