Released in 1979 and specifically designed for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the aptly named Adidas Copa Mundial has done much more than survive over the last 34 years. The Copa has aged magnificently and has been subject to only a few minor changes throughout it’s reign as the best selling football boot of all time. There is hardly a boot-lover on this planet who hasn’t sung its praises, and with Adidas moving ever-further away from true heritage in the adiPure line, the Copa Mundial could be considered the brand’s last true homage to days gone by.
The steadfast commitment to class, comfort, and durability is what has kept the Copa so popular for so long in a market increasingly dominated by hyper-thin synthetics in every seemingly conceivable shade of neon and pastel. In a move that will likely be met with equal parts praise and pitchforks, Adidas appears set to release 5 bright new colorways of the Copa Mundial in honor of next Summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Technically, I lied. Adidas is releasing 6 colorways: Vivid Berry, Solar Slime, Solar Zest, Blast Purple, Solar Blue, and White/Black. But after seeing those first five color combinations, I honestly forgot that the classy white colorway even existed! The Adidas Copa Mundial Samba Collection (or as described so eloquently by Soccer Cleats 101’s very own Richard Wyatt, “The Adidas Copacabana”) is definitely set to raise some eyebrows. Representing the most significant change to the Copa Mundial in it’s history, the colorways Adidas have chosen for it’s best selling boot will also be seen on the release of The Adizero IV and the Adipure 11Pro 2 launches, as well as new colorways for the Predator LZ and the Nitrocharge to be debuted this November.
All joking aside, the white/black colorway is exceptionally classy, and manages to capture the quality the Copa is known for.
[See: Adidas Copa Mundial Review]
From a reviewer’s perspective, the Copa Mundial is one of the most well-rounded boots on the market. While it does not boast any intricate technologies or lightweight-oriented materials, the Copa still manages to outperform most contemporary models in terms of comfort, durability, and all-around quality. When viewed in this sense, adding a splash of color to the boot does not make it any less durable nor does it detract from the construction quality. Just as adding a fresh coat of paint to a Ferrari does not have any bearing on what is underneath the hood, the Adidas Copa Mundial Samba Collection’s garish colorways are simply bright, eye-catching shades intended to celebrate the vibrant culture of Brazil, as well as provide a nice bit of publicity for the other Adidas boots set to debut around the same time.
Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival boasts numerous bright and eye-catching costumes and floats, no doubt inspiring Adidas’ Copa colorways
There will undoubtedly be widespread reservations about the release, however I feel that concerns regarding Adidas destroying the Copa’s reputation are unfounded. The release is in no way comparable to the alterations the Three Stripes made to the Predator line in changing the entire focus of the boot from power to control. Graduates of the old-school can rest easy knowing that Adidas do not plan to change the construction of the boot or discontinue the traditional black/white colorway, and it will remain the ubiquitous heritage juggernaut in the market, albeit with a few bright additions to the family.
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