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Adidas merges two legends, its much-loved Barricade 7 and tennis marvel Novak Djokovic, into one by dropping the Barricade Novak Pro. This modified version continues to live up to the Barricade’s desirability, but this time bearing Djokovic’s emblems all over the shoe.
Like the Barricade 7, Novak’s shoe is supportive, having built with a forefoot and rearfoot cushioning for improved propulsion and support.
On the flipside, the rubber outsole provides an apparently outstanding blend of durability and traction with an outrigger that promotes stability.
Though this newer profile is slightly more massive than the Barricade 7, it is meant to deliver increased stability, countering unwanted spins while promoting smooth lateral movements.
Rubber quality. Ready for hard court pounding, the outsole of the Adidas Novak Pro is devised with the Adiwear 6 rubber compound. This type of the high-wear foot base lasts for a comparatively more extended period than the Adiwear outsole typically found in Adidas speed tennis shoes.
Tread design. The Barricade 7 Novak Pro is made with a modified herringbone tread pattern for multi-surface traction. It also features two pivot points under the ball of the foot that allow players to be in control during rotational moves and lunges.
Steady bracing. The outrigger, a protruded portion that makes the base broader, works as a brace for the feet when doing lateral cuts.
Replacement guarantee. This shoe carries an outsole warranty label granting users a one-time replacement opportunity if the outsole sustains a significant amount of damage within six months from the time of purchase.
Support. Tennis involves lots of twisting, rotations, and abrupt directional changes, which is why players rely on their footgear for support. Chassis arrangements like the Torsion System prevent the foot from unwanted turn or spin. This tiny wonder intends to keep the heel locked in place while granting flexibility to the forefoot.
Cushioning. Constant grinding on the court can lead to foot pain, but cushioning minimizes this effect. The Adiprene unit embedded under the heel protects the back of the foot from impact. At the forefoot, the Adiprene + provides a responsive feel, especially when chasing after the ball.
Wrapping. Covering this shoe is a seamless synthetic upper with toe and midfoot perforations for breathability.
Support. To further strengthen the upper, an Adituff shield is wrapped at the front, while a thermoplastic cup is placed on the rear side. The former bolsters the shoe from immediate wear, while the latter provides firmness as players go thrusting back and forth the court.
Comfort. Inside the shoe, is a molded EVA insole that grants an anatomical degree of comfort.
- Novak’s face on the tongue is reminiscent of the mug shot on the classic Adidas Stan Smith.
- The dove on the medial side represents peace and freedom, pointing to Serbia, Novak’s home nation.
- Mt. Kopaonik, where Novak met his first tennis coach, is the inspiration behind the mountain image printed on the insole.
- In 2012, Andy Murray displayed a proverbial battle with Novak Djokovic at the US Open clad in Adidas Barricade 7. Djokovic may have lost such game, but his name is indelibly linked to the Barricade 7.