While all rubber toe models guarantee a great amount of durability, let it be known that they are not all created equal. Such is the case with Adidas Matchcourt team model. As one of the few rubber toe models that comes in both a low and mid, the Matchcourt’s advantage lies in being able to provide ankle support with the free range mobility of a low. More than that though, we can imagine most people would simply want these due to the incredible footage we’ve witness on IG from the Adidas team in them. If that appeal doesn’t do it for you, its durability and reasonably priced $74.95 value just might tempt you.
The review was done using our month long format. The shoe was skated for a total of 20 hours (with a fresh sheet of Mob grip). Check below for each grading. We base our rating from 1 – 10, 10 being the best and 1 being the absolute worst.
Sizing & Support
In classic fashion, this team favorite model is true to size. No need to tinker around with different sizes or be scared that the sizing will change if you decided to go from the mid to the low model. The construction of the shoe has been perfected in every sense. Not too narrow and not flimsy enough to be considered wide.
For a vulcanized shoe, the support elements are surprisingly strong. The midtop fit has enough flexibility around the ankle, but not too much give to the point where it’ll feel like you’re wearing a loose sock. At no point did the rubber toe begin to bother us either, as they have a tendency of creating blisters with their sometimes narrow build.
Short Answer: True to size.
Comfort & Cushion
What you’ve come to expect from vulcanized shoes may vary from pair to pair. If you’ve had a poor experience and are looking for a final solution before moving over to cupsoles, we’d most definitely recommend trying out the Matchcourts. While these Matchcourts have a standard EVA insole to protect you, its feels as though there some extra millimeters of rubber added to the outsole, giving off both a sturdy build and a thicker feel than your average vulc shoe – boardfeel wasn’t compromised as a result. While we wouldn’t suggest going to jump down the next 12 stair you find in these, we did find ourselves skating and walking in the Matchcourts throughout an entire day and never felt like we were paying the price. Even with all this said, it’ll still hurt if you land primo, so proceed with caution.
If you’re looking for cushioning within the Matchcourts, you won’t find it. Aside from the insole, there’s no real cushioning on this shoe. None around the collar, throughout the tongue or within the sidewalls. This shoe is as barebones as it can get.
Comfort & Cushion: 6 – While there is no cushioning surrounding the upper portion of your foot, the outsole and eva insole provide some reasonable padding for skating throughout the day.
Boardfeel & Grip
Adidas has been using this outsole since the Adi-Ease debuted a couple of years ago and it’s for good measure. Their outsole performs well and gives off a perfect balance of boardfeel. The grip isn’t initially slippery as some outsoles can be when breaking in – it’s grippy right away. As the outsole starts to wear, we did notice that the grip wasn’t as strong on slick surfaces (pristine skateparks) but was fine when skating street. The outsole will undoubtalby lose it’s grit over time, but does a fair job at sticking around before the 20 hour mark.
Boardfeel: 9 – Ideal boardfeel and cushioning for your feet for a vulcanize model.
Grip: 7 – A solid start that slowly fades away well after you’ve done any real damage to this toe.
Durability & Flick
Given the Matchcourt’s construction, we know you’re curious to hear how it’s rubber toe is holding up. We’ve recently heard cries from consumers stating that some rubber toe models grip onto the board too harshly, making its flick a difficult experience. From our skating, we didn’t feel any of that discomfort when flicking. It has a smooth finish, but once you scrap it along your griptape, the rubber will soften up a bit. It flicks off of the board easily and it didn’t feel difficult to do. The sidewalls held up well considering we skate off of our toes, but for those who skate more off of the sidewalls, the suede will hold up temporarily. Most definitely will burst though it after 10-15 hours of skating with some fresh grip, but we’re sure you guys are used to covering that spot with some Shoe Goo by now. If not, do so with these.
We’ve skated the Matchcourts for over 20 Hours and there’s still no signs of getting through. The only thing starting to show, through, would the midsole (as you can see on the sole), but there’s no massive tear or hole produced. If we had to guess, there’s a full suede one piece toe underneath this construction, extending its lifespan significantly. You will
possibly more than likely go through the outsole before you do the toe.
Overall Durability: 8 – You’ll have a tough time penetrating that toe.
Adidas’ Matchcourt submission into this rubber toe trend is well appreciated, as it doesn’t weigh much, flicks well and comes in a comfortable mid. The most difficult part of this shoe is putting it on, but other than that it’s an ideal shoe for anyone looking to be a part of the #ReturnOfTheRubberToe trend. The shoe’s toe is so durable, you might just get sick of looking at it. 😉