Staying on top of the soccer game after several decades, Adidas still manages to come up with new silos and expand to new markets to conquer. Currently, the brand has several silos under its name offering several soccer cleat versions for different courts.
Bringing the premium soccer experience from the pitch to the streets is what the Adidas Tango soccer cleat collection is meant to do. The construction of the cleats under the Adidas Tango lineup is similar to its stadium counterparts except for its soleplate. The soleplate of every Adidas Tango soccer cleat has been specifically designed for street, indoor or turf grounds.
Each Tango shoe brings with it a combination of technologies dependent upon which collection it is featured in.
Notable technologies used in some Adidas Tango soccer cleats
Some technologies from the brand have been a constant feature for the Adidas Tango soccer cleat line-up while others are limited to a specific collection. Spanning from the upper, the midsole to the soleplate, these features aim to maximize the Adidas Tango soccer cleat experience.
Giving way to a one-piece construction, Primeknit is digitally calibrated to provide optimal cleat flexibility for the wearer. This ‘fused yarn’ technology is lightweight and brings stability to the soccer cleat.
Techfit is a technology that’s been applied to several of the brand’s products; from apparel to soccer cleats. Although it works differently for each, the concept has been consistently about creating a flexible yet supportive feel for its users.
When used in footwear, Adidas Techfit creates a snug, sock-like fit that brings support. Acting as an upper, its design is meant to move and flex according to the natural movements of the user’s foot.
Perhaps the most unique-looking Adidas Tango soccer cleat comes from the Nemeziz line. Shoe models under this collection feature the 360 Agility Bandage System which features Torsiontapes. The construction is inspired by medical bandages that are used by athletes and performers before a game or performance.
Boost is part of Adidas’ cushioning system. It is a TPU-based material which promotes shock absorption by compressing under pressure and rapidly bouncing back to shape. With this set-up, Boost produces a high energy return during play.
The Adidas Ace collection initially launched in 2015. Although the new Predator collection ultimately replaced it, the silo has had its time in the soccer spotlight before retiring.
Adidas Ace Tango 17.1 Trainer - Featuring a black upper with red accents, the shoe was created with the small-sided game in mind. It brings with it a one-piece design and a Techfit collar. The midsole construction is thick and makes use of the brand’s Boost technology all the way to the front of the shoe. The outsole for this Adidas Tango soccer cleat is made of rubber for traction.
Adidas Ace Tango 17+ PureControl Red Limit - Part of the Red Limit offering, this Adidas Tango soccer cleat has graced the foot of the celebrated soccerer, Paul Pogba. With a laceless construction featuring a Primeknit upper, the Adidas Ace Tango 17+ Purecontrol shoe is made for a smaller pitch. Similar to other indoor soccer shoes or street models, it has the Boost midsole technology which creates a high energy return during play. Another Adidas Tango soccer cleat offered under the Ace collection is the Adidas Ace Tango 17.3.
Using the act of wrapping bandages before a performance in sport or dance as an inspiration, the Adidas Nemeziz line introduced a unique look to the market during its release. It is a fresh take, not just in the looks department but also in cleat technology. The line focuses on improving agility as well as stability. This innovation gave way in introducing technologies such as Agilitybandages and Torsiontapes.
Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.1 - Bringing with it more of a sneaker-like feel rather than the feel of an indoor cleat, the Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.1 is not a performance-oriented shoe. This Adidas Tango soccer cleat is geared towards casual wear. However, this cleat delivers innovation with the use of Torsiontape technology. This type of construction locks down the foot while providing a great fit. Agilityknit has also been incorporated. This material, on the other hand, offers a lightweight feel to the shoe.
Adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360 Agility - A laceless Adidas Tango soccer cleat which belongs to a premium price range, the Adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360 Agility shoe has been offered in several colorways. With a similar construction to the Adidas Nemeziz 17.1, it features Agilitytapes as well as Agilityknit technologies to the upper bringing a soft sensation to the cleat. A Torsionframe outsole also provides enough flexibility to the shoe. The Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.3 Indoor and Turf cleats are also offered under this silo.
As one of the most popular cleats of the brand, the Adidas Copa collection has been with Adidas since the early 80s. Being in production for 30 years since its last update, the brand decided that it’s high time to reintroduce the Copas with some updates in 2017.
Copa Tango 17.1 - Adidas created an indoor and turf soccer cleat version of the Copa Tango 17.1. It has a kangaroo leather upper which hugs the foot and brings about an excellent comfortable fit. An apparent update to the cleat is the compression fit tongue which extends to the soleplate while wrapping the foot. For the outsole, a Sprintframe technology has been integrated into the shoe as well as an Ortholite sockliner.
Adidas Predator 18
2017 was the year the brand decided to bring back a classic and reimagined the legendary Adidas Predator soccer cleat. Incorporated into this silo are several technologies including Boost, Purecut Laceless system, and Sockfit which gave the iconic shoe a modern twist. Sported on the pitch by Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil, this release made a splash in the soccer world.
Predator Tango 18.1 - As part of the newly revived Predator silo, the Adidas Predator Tango trainer premiered with the rest of the line’s debut soccer offerings. No stranger to Adidas’ Boost midsole technology, this Tango model did not shy away from it, providing a responsive feel to the cleat. The shoe also had a mid-top collar with a looser fit - a feature unique to this shoe in this particular collection.
Predator Tango 18+ - Purely designed for casual wear, the Predator Tango 18+ cleat banks on comfort. This Adidas Tango soccer cleat features a Primeknit upper that hugs the foot, provides support but still maintains a lightweight feel. To add to comfort, the Boost midsole is incorporated as a cushioning system. Finally, a rubber outsole is used for traction.
Replacing four silos during its release, the Adidas X collection had some big shoes to fill. Their release in 2015 did not disappoint. In 2018, this collection is running in their third year with no signs of slowing down.
X Tango 17+ Purespeed IN - Designed for the small-sided game, this laceless Adidas Tango soccer cleat brings with it an excellent fit using a Techfit upper. This cleat also creates enough stretch without losing security in locking down the foot. Although the material in the upper seems quite thin, it still brings a unique feel to the ball. A rubber outsole is used for traction on indoor courts.
X Tango 17.3 - Another Adidas Tango soccer cleat under the X17 line is the more budget-friendly model X Tango 17.3. Featuring a Techfit compression upper which creates a snug fit to your foot. Designed for indoor use, a rubber outsole has been used for traction has been used. Tango models including the X Tango 17.3 Turf cleat is offered under this collection.
Frequently asked questions
What is the ‘Red Limit Pack’ of the Adidas Tango soccer cleat collection?
First, comfort is paramount when choosing your shoe. A way to ensure comfort is by selecting the right shoe size. Some users check the shoe’s fit is by sticking one’s thumb between the heel and the back of the shoe; if the thumb fits perfectly, it means that the cleat is the right size for them.
Another helpful way is knowing the general feel of the majority of users. Your regular shoe size will not work with certain silos at times for various reasons. You can find this out through an easy search on the internet. Expert reviews and websites such as Runrepeat.com would usually mention the recommended sizing of the indoor cleats.
Another element to take note of is the price. There are several choice options to choose from every price range coming from several soccer brands including Adidas, Nike, and Puma. Most of these prominent brands offer cleats that are categorized in three to four price categories: the high-tier which is the most expensive one, the mid-tier which is rated between the high-end and low-end models and lastly, the low-tier which has the most budget-friendly rate. Choose a cleat that stays within your budget, or if you feel like splurging, it should be worth the money. Another wise move is to check out outdated high-tier models that are put on sale or budget-friendly deals. In this way, you get to experience premium shoe value at a discounted rate.
Weight is also another factor. Lightweight soccer cleats can aid performance by helping the player to move faster. The ideal cleat weight is 8 ounces which is also considered lightweight. Recent innovations by soccer brands have pushed the envelope with cleats weighing around 5 to 6 ounces.