adidas are jumping on the achromatic train with the release of two new packs for 2016; welcome in Etch and Fluid. Both of these Limited Collections bring a distinct new look to the ACE 16 and X 15 silos by using ground-breaking design processes.
The Fluid boot embodies movement. The upper is created using an innovative process that takes a semi-fluid metallic pigment and runs magnets over the boot to manipulate the liquid and create distinctive patterns and textures. The pigment then freezes and sets to create a dark metallic, light-catching material.
The Etch boot has been designed to be the ultimate expression of a pure football boot. It is constructed using only K Leather, with no additional constructions or additions. As a result, the boot delivers unparalleled levels of comfort, with the material naturally light and soft to provide a snug fit as if moulded to the foot. The traditional K leather upper was then given a futuristic design by etching the surface for a unique texture.
When speaking about the Limited Collection, adidas Football Vice President of design Sam Handy said:
All key lines of the ACE and X on-field boots have been recreated as Fluid and Etch versions. For the Etch boot, the challenge was to create an affected surface but not to destroy the leather with the laser etching process. For the Fluid boot, we trialled various versions of the upper before landing on the perfect method of manipulating the metallic finish for the vision we had.