Black / Red Next-Gen Adidas Ace 2017 Boots Leaked

Adidas will launch a welcomed, Predator-inspired effort as one of the first colorways for the next-gen Adidas Ace 2017 football boots. The first-ever Adidas Ace 17 soccer cleat will be available from early December 2016, less than a year after the drop of the previous generation.

Adidas introduced the Ace in summer 2015, marketing it as a boot for players who control the pace of the game. Thanks to the brand's short release cycles, Adidas will already release the third generation of the silo just around one and half year later.

Adidas Ace 17.1 - Black / Red / White

This image shows the black and red Adidas Ace 2017 soccer cleats.

The new Adidas Ace 2017 soccer boots will be released in a color-blocking, red-and-black design, complete with white Adidas stripes. Barely hiding the underlying inspiration, they more or less closely resemble what one would expect a modern Predator to look like.

Tech-wise, the third-generation Adidas Ace 17 soccer cleats make the heightened collar the default look, across all takedown models. The whole construction of the Ace 17.1 is akin to the laceless Adidas Ace 16+ PureControl cleats; it doesn't include a traditional tongue and the laces are only added through an array of loops along the top of the shoes.

Adidas Ace 17.1 prototype

In terms of material, the Adidas Ace 2016 football boots feature a knitted upper, overlaid with a synthetic layer for improved durability. A honeycomb-like shape pattern, popular amongst football boot producers lately, is applied to the upper in order to offer better ball control.

The new Adidas Ace 2017 football boots also introduce a new, albeit heavily influenced by their predecessor, sole plate. It features eleven conical studs, split between four at the rear and seven at the front. All in all, a very traditional alignment. Additionally, the sole plate of the new Adidas Ace 17 soccer cleats retains an arch in the center for increased stability. The biggest change, however, is the removal of the external heel counter present on both the 2015 and 2016 Adidas Ace boots.

As the general direction taken by the new Adidas Ace 17.1 makes it very similar to the Ace 16+ Primeknit, it looks like Adidas won't release a Primeknit variant of the 2017 rendition of the Ace. According to our sources, there will however still be a "PureControl" version, presumably without laces, of the next Adidas Ace 2017.

Set to be released either in December 2016 or in January 2017, the black and red Adidas Ace 17.1 soccer boots retail at around €200, just like the Ace 16.1.

What are your thoughts on this traditional Adidas Ace 17 colorway, one of the first-ever drops of the third generation of the Adidas Ace? Let us know in the comments below.