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First thoughts: Adidas Gloro 15.1 Black and Red

Are you reminded of an adidas Predator? The new Black and Red Gloro 15.1 has sent many people back to the days when the adidas Predator reigned supreme.

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Are you reminded of an adidas Predator? The new Black and Red Gloro 15.1 has sent many people back to the days when the adidas Predator reigned supreme.

The Gloro 15.1 blends the old school look and feel of the Copa Mundial whilst having updated technology such as the comfort-fit soleplate. With a K-Leather upper on the forefoot for the best touch and feel of the ball, it also features synthetic leather around the midfoot and heel to provide more stability.

Featuring a classic tone with strap, it's perhaps a boot for the more traditional generation who are used to having the tongue touching their toes. The comfort frame is the main difference from the Copa Mundial, bringing about more of an 11pro feel to the boot.

First Play Summary

As a self confessed lover of all things Predator, I couldn't wait to slip on this new stripped back Gloro colourway. Something fresh, with a distinct nod to the past. Yes please.

Having not previously worn the Gloro model, I was even more interested to see how these performed. When you first slip these on, you notice the comfort that you'd expect from a boot largely made of K-Leather. Snug, soft and no issues concerning initial discomfort that you can often expect with any new footwear.

Wearing an FG model on an artificial 3G surface didn't prove to be a problem - with the 'comfort fit' soleplate living up to it's name. The Gloro provides good traction and maneuverability, whilst it is also lightweight enough to alleviate any speed concerns. If we're talking in adidas' marketing terms, my game tends to be more about control rather than chaos (unless I've got the goalkeeper gloves on...). With that being said, I rely more on touch, passing and interceptions to have an influence over proceedings. The Gloro's leather upper meant controlling the ball was thoroughly enjoyable and true to expectations, whilst short passing was cushioned and accurate. Longer range passing did feel a bit more problematic but I'm putting this down to a period of adjustment (or just myself having an off day) rather than anything concerning the boot itself.

On the whole, the Gloro is a must have in anybody's collection. Looks good, feels good and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. In a market with ever increasing synthetic materials, it's good to have that traditional alternative you can always rely on.




With this boot and colour, adidas has set the social media world alight with possibly their best colourway in years, take a bow adidas.

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Adam is a lover of all things football and a collector of boots and shirts. When he is not writing, he can be found scouring the globe on Football Manager for the next Wonderkid.