Football Fever is On: adidas New X18 Unleashes Speed

The World Cup is the pinnacle of any player’s career. The challenge for adidas as designers is producing a boot which highlights the natural talents of these incredible athletes on the world’s biggest sporting stage. Here is where the new all-new X18+ from adidas Football comes in. Expect to see the new design worn on-pitch during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia by the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Luis Suarez.


Minimal in design, light in weight and laceless, adidas removes the barriers between foot and ball while still achieving the elite touch and support at high speed required by the game’s most explosive players.


Released as part of the Energy Mode pack – alongside Predator, NEMEZIZ and COPA silos – the boot takes inspiration from previous adidas models while being brought up to date through modern tooling and innovation.


Designed with new innovations, the boot will provide stability and support at high speed. A laceless upper locks-down the mid-foot, crucial when accelerating and during high speed moments. It also ensures minimal interference between the foot and ball.


A new low-cut CLAW COLLAR construction features a new stretch material that secures the foot in place and provides increased stability and support.

An updated SPEEDFRAME outsole features lightweight, Drillium engineered tooling and minimalistic construction to offer extreme traction during rapid acceleration. A 3D MOULDED HEEL provides a snug and stable fit, designed to lock the foot in place during acceleration.

Innovative materials ensure complete control even at high-speed. The SKELETAL WEAVE is compiled of an ultra-thin woven grid of optically charged speed yarns to allow for responsive touch and lightweight feel. The new, ultra-soft SPEEDMESH offers a controlled touch without restricting the movement of the foot.

The Energy Mode X18+ is also available as a cage and street shoe. The cage version features the same coloring and CLAW COLLAR construction and laceless upper as the on-pitch boot; along with a full length BOOST™ midsole and traction studs.

The Energy Mode X18+ will be worn on pitch by some of the game’s biggest players at the FIFA World Cup Russia and comes in a striking blue and yellow colorway. It will be available to purchase from and selected retailers.

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