Adidas scales the Great Wall
Throughout the year, adidas has released special edition Barricade models to celebrate the shoe’s 15th anniversary; all have a wall theme. February brought us the Saksaywaman, April saw the release of the Berlin Wall, August featured the Wolf of Wall Street, and now – in time with the Asian Swing – we have The Great Wall of China. And it’s quite green.
Of the four they’ve released, I’ll go with the Saksaywaman was my favorite color scheme. I’m normally fairly conservative when it comes to tennis footwear (except for my Agassi phase way back. Those are the Air Zoom Pounce; ugly but with a fantastic fit) but the Saksaywaman appeals to me. This one just has…too much green for me.
Karin’s take: I really like all the symbolic detailing here, the wall element on the tongue, Chinese lettering on the heel. touches of red (good luck in China) and celebratory firework affect. I’d like to see the shoe with grey shorts and a black top or white top and bottom. I also happen to LOVE limited edition shoes and am thrilled tennis is getting into them.
Under The Hood details (via our sponsor Tennis Warehouse):
Fit: Length fits true to size. Width is medium but slightly snug through the forefoot. Arch support is medium. No break-in required.
Upper: Ballistec mesh upper offers plush comfort and excellent breathability. Welded TPU in the forefoot for added support and durability.
Midsole: ADIPRENE midsole technology provides responsive cushioning and support with every step. ADIPRENE+ in the heel and forefoot offers extra protection against harsh landings.
Outsole: AdiWear 6 rubber outsole in a modified herringbone tread pattern provides unmatched traction and durability on any court surface. Outsole is backed by a six month durability guarantee.
Weight: 14.9 oz (size 10.5)
Color: Green/Yellow/ Red