Agenda Sneak Peek: In-Depth with the Adidas Silas SLR

Back in April, a photo of the Silas SLR leaked & we took it upon ourselves to share it on Instagram. The comments were unanimous in being against Adidas latest creation. As you might imagine, we’re just as apprehensive towards this upcoming skate model. One IG user even went onto say “Its almost like you WANT to tweak your ankle with that heel.” and we completely understand his concern. It’s definitely hard to defend this design even though we’re sure that Adidas has taken the proper precautions in making it an “unintentional ankle-roll” skate model. What is evident with this model is that the runner/skate hybrid is being fully embraced across the entire skate shoe industry. With this model, it now makes 3 runner/skate hybrids that we’ve seen in 2013. Here’s one & two. With expectations running high, we’re expecting to see other brands follow suit.

Two questions arise out of all of this:

  1. Will this be the first Adidas model to flunk? Adidas has always seem to hit the nail on the head in regards to colorways, pro models & brand direction. But on the other end, they could be potentially digging themselves out of the “single-one piece toe, bland sole” trend that some brands find themselves struggling to get out of.
  2. With not just 1, but 3 brands utilizing the runner sole momentum that’s somewhat comeback into acceptance, which brand will reign supreme over the others? Some have agued that Nike will have the upper hand considering their advancements in their running technology & resources. Does Emerica or Adidas stand a chance against them?

Expect to see full coverage & potential reviews on all of these runner/skate hybrids. So far, Adidas is making the cheapest one at a $70 price point. Who knows if that’ll be enough to give it an advantage against Nike & Emerica. What’s apparent here is that Silas will have no trouble skating them. He’s already been spotted testing them in a recent web clip. It’s somewhere out there.

Comments

  1. Al

    September 12, 2013 4:37pm

    Regardless of the potential for rolled ankles, once again Adidas has blown it on the tread pattern. I don’t what caused this change, but almost all of their recent models (Busenitz vulc, Gonz pro) have featured shallow, flimsy tread right where it matters.

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  2. Brenden

    September 12, 2013 5:58pm

    Is it bad that I actually like these? The navy blue colorway looks amazing and even if they aren’t that good for skating I’d buy those in a second for just walking around shoes.

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  3. Darwin

    September 12, 2013 8:14pm

    Just saying, if you fear an ankle roll, just remember, PEOPLE ACTUALLY TEST THIS SHIT. Nobody puts something out if they know if it’s gonna cause an injury especially if they brand it as an action sports product. Silas skates them himself and he still has perfect board control.

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  4. William

    September 19, 2013 12:33am

    I don’t think the fear of an ankle roll is misguided. Heck, I just got a pair of ADVs and I’m worried about rolling my ankle in those. The fact is that when the edge of your foot is close to (or over) the edge of the sole, it takes less of an angle off parallel to the ground to get the shoe to rotate 90* and roll your ankle. Conversely, a wider sole will ‘return to flat’ when you land with your feet at a steeper angle. Try it when you’re standing around, it’s pretty obvious.

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    • MAX

      April 23, 2014 10:59pm

      a wider sole can actually put more leverage in to a roll making a lot worse. think about the most common accident, rolling off the nose of your board. A narrow sole is more likely to land on or completely off the board =safe. and a wider sole is more likely to catch the edge of your board causing it to invert before reaching the ground and causing a bad sprain or worst…… .. but it all come down to how wide your foot is… not all shoes work for everybody, you want something that fits like a second skin to give you a balance of control and protection.

  5. John Cardiel

    October 29, 2013 10:27am

    Ugly as f**k. But if i was a hipster id probably buy them just because they are retro and exclusive…but not to skate, just to ride my fixie. I think that’s the tactic here

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  6. Sean Surdovel

    January 21, 2014 1:40pm

    I was watching the web clip he dropped to promote these and realized they remind me of the Rowley XL2s, which I loved back in ’03/04. Didn’t know where else to go with this thought but RL. Anyone else get that vibe from them?

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    • Ian

      April 24, 2014 2:03am

      The XL2 was an awesome shoe! Not super durable, but great balance of fit/boardfeel/cushion.

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