Tennis Identity

Coming December 1st: Barricade 2015

Adidas has unveiled the ‘Barricade 2015’ tennis shoe. The new model is the most complete reimagining of the design since the shoe’s inception 15 years ago. It’s lighter, more flexible and available in an all-new "Night Flash" color scheme. It will be available on December 1st at and selected retailers.


Adidas modeled the new design on the playing style of some of their top Barricade players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis and Kei Nishikori- creating a shoe that can deal with the sharp directional changes and slides that characterize the modern game. The Barricade 2015 provides players with unbeatable stability and durability.


Thomas Weege, Vice President for Heartbeat Sports Design, lead the research. “Analysing our player’s on-court performance was an essential part of the design process. Our athletes put their skills to the test every match and we needed to do the same ourselves. By redesigning some core elements of the shoe, we have managed to create a design that is a real departure from previous Barricade designs, while still retaining the core qualities of absolute stability and durability.”


After analyzing feedback from pro players and amateurs alike, the designers have maximized the comfort of the new design by introducing an innovative new Barricade chassis, which replaces the Barricade Claw. The stabilizing chassis has been repositioned towards the heel, freeing up the forefoot and giving the shoe much greater flexibility. The Barricade 2015 is also the first to feature a synthetic-mesh toe shell for maximum breathability.

Ed. note: Love the color. Looking forward to playing in a pair!