Every so often, we get something that’s timelessly cool here on Footy-Boots.com – an article we could have posted 10 years ago, or 10 years ahead and it would still be moreorless the same and still as interesting.
In this case, it’s something adidas have put together ahead of their end-of-year results in a meeting next Tuesday, and it’s an insight into the production of the legendary Copa Mundial football boots.
An icon, not just among football boots fanatics like ourselves, but a piece of design that stands as strong as anything else in the world of sports, the Copa Mundial is an institution in itself.
Described by some as the only pair of football boots you’ll ever need, the Copa Mundial is a benchmark for many in the industry, with a K-Leather upper that has become the standard for all leather clears and the classic 12-stud soleplate that has been the inspiration to everyone from Mizuno to Concave.
One thing that many people don’t know about the Copa Mundial is that, as you can see from the photos, each pair is hand-made in Germany by a team of adidas technicians.
Brands like Pantafola D’oro often boast about their hand-crafted football boots, and make other companies out to be faceless big businesses; it’s humbling to see that adidas – as the second biggest sportswear company in the world – still respect the Copa’s enough to have a team of people dedicated to keeping the Copa Mundial hand-crafted, the way Adolf Dassler might do if he were still making boots today!
Some of the pictures – especially the ones of the lace-holes being applied – really show off the flexibility of the leather before the sole is applied to the upper, it looks so soft it makes us want to go out and buy a new pair right now!
Also in the factory are the Soft-Ground adidas World Cups and a pair of the new(ish) adidas Predator_X in Electricity! An unusual spot as the Predator_X is usually made in Indonesia, but perhaps they’re being hand-made for a player with special sizing requirements.
And so ends out little love letter to the Copa Mundial! Are you a long-time Copa fanatic? Or even a Copa convert? Or are old-school football boots not your thing?
Sound off in the comments!