It is a simple, uncomplicated k-leather boot that make it easier to boss the game on firm ground. For some players out there, the adidas Copa Kapitan might be a boot you haven’t heard of before. This is one of those releases that slipped in under the radar, with no fireworks or large marketing campaign to showcase its introduction. And there are no pro players wearing them on-pitch to see how they look. So, how are you supposed to know if they are the right option for you or not?
1) The Perfect Referee Boot
The most common reaction I’ve heard from players who see these for the first time is “are these a referee specific boot?” That isn’t really surprising considering their simple, uncomplicated design. If you are a ref, these are a no brainer. You can look the part in a very traditional, extremely comfortable, stealth black, adidas boot at a great price.
Of course, I say all that with a little humor. But they are far more than just a referee boot and have plenty of positives to offer. Anyone in need of something uncomplicated and reliable to get them through a 90 minute game will enjoy them just as much!
2) Value For Money Option
The fact that these are a k-leather boot listed under $100 puts them in a very unique bracket. adidas has obviously spotted a void in the market. Visually, the Copa Kapitan is very simple, there is nothing complicated about the design. With an ankle cut tongue and a sleek black and white style, you get a boot that is focused more on its performance than just its looks. And performance means value for money!
3) K-Leather Quality
This is the type of boot that is designed for players on a budget who still crave that superior and other-worldly touch, control and feel you get with a classic K-leather boot. adidas use a soft kangaroo leather vamp that utilizes stitching for a locked in fit and added stability. It isn’t as supple as a top tier k-leather boot (like adidas Copa Mundial or Mizuno Morelia Neo) but it still offers a quality feel to the touch. The added stitching provides some extra durability as you work on breaking them in and stretching them to your fit.
4) It is not a pair of Copa Gloro
Some might be wondering how these compare against the Copa Gloro, which retails for $110. Does the $10 difference mean a whole lot? Well, yes and no. It simply depends on what your needs are. You still get a classy styling (and that fold over tongue) on the Copa Gloro. But, the upper is actually a premium Contacto-calf skin leather. So, the Copa Kapitan will be where you need to go if a K-leather upper is high on your wish list.
5) Your Dad will love them!
If your Dad is fan of a good old Sunday league game and enjoys talking about the glory days, then he is going to love these boots! What could be better than a stylish Copa-esque release that drops in under the $100 mark?
But as much as you want to impress your Dad, you also have to make sure they are the right style of boot for your playing style. The upper provides a really clean touch on the ball, with the k-leather + stitching loosening up right from first wear. I did find that they fit slightly tight out of the box, so I loosened up the laces and gave them the opportunity to breath. That did the trick and they felt good to wear. I wore them in a size 9US, my regular size. In hindsight, a half size up might have been nice. If you enjoy a little extra space through the forefoot, it might be worth considering a half size up from your normal.
Find the adidas Copa Kapitan available right now at soccer.com.