The 8th generation in Adidas’ five a side futsal footwear range, the adidas super sala 8 has certainly evolved a lot since the first sala series that was released a few years back. The super sala 8 is mainly targeted at futsal / 5 a side players as a mid-range futsal shoe. The current sala range has two models available, the mid-range ‘super sala’, and the high end ‘top sala’ series.
Weighing a mere 278 grams, the super sala 8 is the lightest futsal shoe that we’ve ever tested. The lack of weight is mainly due to the fact that there is a generous amount of nylon mesh used on the side surface and the upper tongue. The nylon mesh provides maximum ventilation and which would cool the player’s foot, which is especially useful on a hot day. On the other hand, one of the disadvantages of the nylon mesh is a lower level of durability, compared to other materials such as leather or synthetic leather. The textile lining is much more prone to cuts and tears compared to leather or synthetic material, although some would not mind this as the ventilation provided might be well worth it.
The rest of the upper and side surface area is covered by synthetic leather, as opposed to pure kangaroo leather which is available on the more expensive ‘top sala’. Regardless of the lowered level of comfort, the new synthetic leather material is certainly much more durable than the earlier sala versions and has a thick padding on the inside section which touches the player’s foot.
The midsole area is made up of a pre-molded EVA cushioning which is accompanied by the adiPRENE heel insert which provides a decent amount of support for the heel area. There is also a rubber toe cap which is particularly useful when performing a toe-poke shot or pass, which is quite common in the game of futsal.