adidas Copa 19+ Initiator Pack
The next-gen Copa is finally here. After months of speculation, adidas today reveal the first ever laceless version of their classic football boot in the form of the hotly anticipated Copa 19+, part of the Initiator Pack. The new boot will be headlined by Juventus star Paulo Dybala as adidas look to establish a distinct identity for the Copa silo over and above its traditional heritage.
Can the Copa 19+ do just that? You bet it can – scroll down for five reasons why this is a gamechanging design for the three stripes...
The Copa 19+ is the first laceless leather boot adidas have ever produced, giving you an unrivalled anatomical fit. While laceless tech has become the norm on the three stripes’ top-line synthetic silos, it’s always seemed like the impossible job to transfer it to a leather boot.
They’ve done it though, so now the Copa can join the Predator, X, and Nemeziz in boasting that all-important “+” next to its name, and you can enjoy the supremely comfortable playing experience it provides
In adidas’s own words, Fusionskin “turns leather into a technology”. It’s a revolutionary process in the treatment of leather that allows the grain of the leather itself to be engineered. The result is a fully seamless surface, preventing water from easily penetrating the boot and thus reducing the rate at which it’s absorbed compared to classic K-leather.
What used to be the major disadvantage of leather boots has been eradicated in one fell swoop.
The 11-stud outsole might look fairly standard, but it’s nothing of the sort. Those highlighted red sections of the soleplate are made with less dense TPU than the rest of the plate, giving you heightened cushioning in targeted areas of the foot that come under stress.
A similar concept was used on the adipure 11pro TRX back in the day, and it makes a huge difference to the foot-to-ground feel of the boot, especially in this next-gen design.
TOUCH OF CLASS
There’s K-leather, and then there’s the Copa 19+’s K-leather. Using only the finest kangaroo leather on the market, the Copa 19+’s upper provides more control than ever before. Its ridged, X-ray vamp brings your foot closer to the ball, reducing slippage on contact for a perfect first touch, second touch, third touch… Put simply, you’ll look like the ball’s magnetised to your foot
ON-PITCH PRESENCEPaulo Dybala wearing the new Copa is a huge deal, and not just because it’s the first adidas silo he’ll be properly attached to. In fact, it’s more the other way around: the Copa has never been officially endorsed by any pro player, so for him to be chosen as the first official endorsee of such an iconic silo shows just how much confidence adidas have in the Argentine.
Yes, we’ve seen the likes of Kaka and Lampard strutting their stuff in the Copa in the past, but that was always simply because they liked the boot. It’s great to see adidas now giving the classic the exposure it deserves, with some big-budget marketing and a modern design that’ll match anything in world football when it comes to performance.