Introducing: The adidas Copa Nationale
Introduced for the new decade, the adidas Copa Nationale Shoes boast a silhouette that combines elements from the brands famous Copa Mundial football shoe with contemporary skate-driven performance elements. Inspired by adidas’ rich history of creating ground-breaking football boots, the new Copa Nationale has been crafted using high grade materials which, much like the Copa Mundial, have been placed in key areas to deliver the best level of quality for athletes.
First unveiled in 1979, the adidas Copa Mundial was originally made for the 1982 World Cup which took place in Madrid, Spain. Appropriately named after the Spanish translation of ‘World Cup’, the Copa Mundial remains one of the best selling football boot models in history and throughout the years has been reimagined numerous times while still retaining core details and an iconic aesthetic. Built with the same attention to performance as every football boot within the brands extensive library, the silhouette of the new Copa Nationale is noticeably slim with a secure lace fastening that reduces any bulk or fuss to ensure nothing stands in your way when on the move. Comparable to the adidas Busenitz Shoes which also use the Copa Mundial as a core inspiration visible through details such as the exaggerated tongue which nods to a key feature seen on almost every generation of the Copa before it was removed for the first laceless Copa 19+ model last year, the Copa Nationale has a familiar yet contemporary look with mixed material uppers on top of a sculpted outsole.
Commonly seen on football boots to help to round off the toe point for more precision whilst strengthening a key stress point, wavered top-stitching flows across the toe vamp of the Copa Nationale with an additional TPU tip for further protection. On either side of the foot curved synthetic line overlays flow from directly underneath the front panel and add drama to the design on top of curved three stripe decoration that works in harmony with the overall aerodynamic feel of the model. The tongue has been constructed in two layers to assist in providing a snug, cushioned fit with a padded fabric base layer and a small centralised adidas trefoil emblem just above the edge of the curved leather top section. Throughout the interior is a dense breathable mesh lining and super-soft cushioning has been added at the heel to help shield the foot from repetitive impact. For a coherent look, on each colourway a shaped heel overlay section sits below the ankle collar and matches the tone of the curved three-stripe decoration within the side panels. Additionally, an adidas text and trefoil logo has been printed upon a smooth textured rubber overlay panel around the back of the shoe which gives another key abrasion area a protective shield. Differing from the usual block outsole commonly seen on adidas skate models, experiments with layered materials and a more sculpted look have come to light in new models such as the Liberty Cup, Tyshawn and now the Copa Nationale. Not only adding a high level of durability to the design but also an additional ornamental element, subtle surface patterns can be seen across both sections which includes a TPU top segment and rubber underneath that continues into the tread. Differing from the heel to the forefoot, a combination of grip-focused patterns feature underfoot to deliver unrivaled traction in addition to a highlighted pivot point towards the top right edge.
In celebration of the new model, three debut colourways of the adidas Copa Nationale are set to arrive at Flatspot with the first royal blue colourway releases on March 1st and core black and collegiate green colourways to release in the following months. Following this with a release date to be confirmed, keep an eye out for the the arrival of a special Mike Arnold colourway which will be the first pro colourway in the Copa Nationale range as well as the first pro colourway for Bristol native Arnold. Having joined the adidas team in the summer of 2019, if you haven’t already be sure to check out ‘adidas Skateboarding presents /// MIKE’ to see what the fuss is about.
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