Play test: adidas ACE 15.1

adidas has analyzed the modern game and discovered that there are two types of players, those who control the game and those who cause chaos. Knowing that, they designed two cleats, one to cater to each player—ACE for the “playmaker” and X for the “gamechanger”.

After reading all about both silos, the Ace seemed best suited to my game, but I have been dying to find out for myself. After play testing the ACE15.1, I realized I was right the whole time. I found not only a revolutionary change in technology, but also an incredible improvement in performance.

Now that you’ve seen it in action, read more about what makes an ACE player and how this shoe supports his and her game:

Fit & Feel


Immediately after slipping on the ACE, I knew my foot was going to be taken care of for the entire training session. The heel has plenty of cushion and kept the back of my foot stable.

It was snug through the midfoot and forefoot, but not like narrow cleats that squeeze your feet straight out of the box. It was not too tight, nor too loose; the ACE can definitely accommodate a broad range of feet from wide to narrow.

Normal Cleat Size: 9

Play Test Size: 9

Testing Surface: Grass

Testing Conditions: Dry

Touch & Control


The ACE offers a phenomenal touch thanks to the new Totalskin upper including NSG (nonstop grip technology). This 3-layer structure is a little thick, but allows for a nice cushioned, forgiving touch on the ball. The 3D webbing not only gives the cleat a unique look, but it features micro-texturing on each web to provide grip in all weather conditions.

Knowing that I have comfortable cleats with such an enhanced touch makes me feel more confident with the ball at my feet, and confidence is everything when it comes to performance.



Shooting and hitting long balls were a joy in the ACE. The thick upper provides a perfect surface to generate plenty of power, similar to that of the PUMA evoPOWER 1.2. With the textured outer layer, curling the ball came easily and the ability to place shots accurately gives players a real advantage in the ACE.



The Totalcontrol studs on the outsole make the ACE truly innovative, including 10 traditional conical studs and 36 additional smaller studs; 46 in total. Not only do they give you more traction on firm ground and artificial grass, but they offer complete control while the ball is under your foot.

While you could run into a little trouble with cutting on soft, wet grass, these cutting-edge cleats will accommodate almost any playing surface, making the ACE one of the most adaptable, multi-purpose options on the market.

Are you ACE?


The adidas Ace 15.1 is for you if:

1) You look for comfort first. The ACE feels great straight out of the box just like the old adidas 11pro.

2) You like a close touch. The ACE features a textured upper with plenty of grip just like the legendary adidas Predator.

3) You are a center midfielder. Whether you are the possession player or the creative, tricky No. 10, if you’re constantly on the ball, you will want this 360-degree control.

Final Thoughts


I am a possession-oriented central player. I pride myself on my ability to connect the game and make accurate passes. After testing this new adidas silo, I can say I am definitely ACE.

I know it’s difficult to bid farewell to all the quality silos we’ve been so used to seeing from adidas, but the game is changing, so the footwear must adapt.

Trust me, once you try these out, you will experience how the ACE delivers the ultimate performance for the modern player. While this cleat is great for center midfielders, they can also suit many other positions because of its comfort, durability, and touch. I’m ecstatic to test the leather version, stay tuned for further play tests.

Shop the adidas Ace 15.1 here at SOCCER.COM.

If you think you may not be ACE, read and watch our X 15.1 review. Our play tester in London was very impressed.

Are you ACE or X? Control or Chaos? What do you think of the two new silos from adidas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Stacie Contreras

    Searching for a shoe to protect my sons preferred kicking foot. After developing blisters wearing the Predator and Nitro we were told to switch out to the old school Copa Cleat. Yes he had no more blisters and loved the softness, but within no time he had his big toe broken. Walking boot for 8 weeks; first game he re-injured his toe again, but not broken. Just sprained. Made the winning goal a week ago and kicked in the foot. Out for the next week with swelling. The toe simply is a weak spot and needs protection. The foot specialist suggested new cleats so we are searching for something to give support and more protection. His previous shoes gave blisters, BUT no major injuries. What would you suggest for him as he no longer plays center D, but rather right wing.

    • Cole Walker

      Usually leather is one of the most protective materials on the market since all the synthetic cleats keep getting thinner. The Copa has probably one of the most protective uppers in my opinion, but the leather ACE 15.1 offers a lot as well. The Mizuno Morellia II would be another cleat to check out. I would definitely stay away from knit uppers (Nike, adidas Primeknit) as they don’t offer much in protection. Something that could help with the foot injuries is some light rehab at home. Rolling out the foot with a lacrosse ball or using resistance bands have both helped me in the past. When it comes to cleats, leather will offer the most protection. The last thing I would recommend is a sock called Metasox. They have a protective silicon layer specially designed for soccer players to protect the midfoot and toes.
      Hopefully, as a winger he might not be getting hurt as much as he doesn’t have to go too hard into tackles like he did on defense. Hopefully, as he keeps playing the injuries will lessen and he will get to enjoy playing more! Let me know if you have anymore questions!

      • Can these boots be used on indoor turf surfaces?

        • Cole Walker

          It depends on the turf. If its turf with rubber pellets underneath it, then I would say yes, go for it. But if it’s a carpet turf, usually concrete with a carpet like turf laid over it, then I wouldn’t suggest it. Carpet turf doesn’t offer the same penetration that rubber turf does. Hopefully this helps!

  • Uka Selimaj

    I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about the Ace 15.1from friends and family and I’m really eager to buy a pair of my own! However, I’m a size 12 and the only size available is a 12.5…is it worth buying it a half a size larger than what I usually wear? OPINIONS PLEASE!!!