Cheq mate. The Three Stripes keep pushing all the right buttons as their prolific 2016 game is carried into the new year. Setting the bar typically high for another knockout twelve months and beyond, the "Chequered Black" collection gets the ball rolling as it wraps itself around the X 16+ Purechaos.

This Chequered flag marks the start not the finish line as adidas keep the pedal firmly to the metal on their innovation speed machine. Sitting alongside the new generation adidas ACE 17+ Purecontrol "Chequered Black", the X 16+ is still holding its own as it awaits a next-generation update. For now, there's absolutely no rush. We can certainly wait a bit longer if they keep producing designs as slick as these.

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The shimmering patterned makeover puts a modern spin on the traditional black and white football boot, with the trademark X 16+ Purechaos lace cover ensuring the silhouette is anything but a heritage silo. That's some start to 2017 from adidas, and a boot that could genuinely still be considered the best of the year come December. Straight to the Cheqout.

Want a pair? Get them here.