The Barricade is Adidas' marquee tennis shoe, and it has been used competitively by professional tennis players since the year 2000. The Barricade has been released in many versions - currently there are nine. The original pair of Adidas Barricade shoes were released in the year 2000; featuring a large toe guard and excellent side to side lateral support. The first version of the Barricade can be viewed below:
The following is a rough timeline for Barricade tennis shoes:
The Barricade has, by and large, retained it's design; although it has undergone a minor 'facelift' for each of it's versions. The images below show how the design of the Barricade has evolved since version 4.0:
Barricade Version 4.0
Barricade Version 8.0
Barricade Version 9.0
The Barricade has been packed full of trademarked Adidas technology, such as: ADIPRENE®+, TORSION® SYSTEM, 3D TORSION®, CLIMACOOL, ADIWEAR, ADIDRY, and ADITUFF. An explanation of these technology can be viewed on this website by browsing to the homepage and then to the technology section. Simple put, these technologies provide: midfoot arch support, shock absorption, heel cushioning, energy return for the forefoot, and durability. The design of the Barricade has always focused heavily on providing lateral (side to side) stability - due to tennis players stepping sideways - and the midsole / outersole is far wider than the upper of the shoe.
The Barricade has been worn by a vast array of professional tennis players; including: Marat Safin, Bryan brothers (doubles champions), Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. The versions of the Barricade are sometimes marketed with additional branding text; such as: Barricade Team 4 All-Court; Adidas Adipower Barricade 8, or Barricade 9 All-Court. However, it is easier to identify the shoes by simple referring to them as Barricade 2.0 or Barricade 9.0, rather than searching for Barricade All-Court or Barricade Adipower. The Barricade has been released in special editions: such as the Barricade Stella McCartney and the Barricade Saksaywaman.