A cleaner, stripped down Copa by the Three Stripes.
After 2 solid years with the adidas Copa 19/20, the Three Strips have revealed the successor to their leather boot in the form of the Copa Sense. A welcome update, the Copa Sense is an elegant boot that looks to improve on one of the most comfortable boots we’ve worn in recent years.
On the surface, adidas has shed any unnecessary weight that might have bogged down the previous Copa. Gone is the divisive burrito tongue for a simpler, padded synthetic tongue (in the Copa Sense .1). The upper also went through a major change with the thick, padded and pillowy upper from the Copa 19/20 making way for a thinner but more dense leather upper.
While the upper is still technically labelled as FusionSkin, the application of this knit meets leather technology is wildly different in the Copa Sense as compared to its predecessor. adidas have moved away from displaying the leather/knit material transition to strictly just having leather all across the upper. The only area where you feel any textile materials is along the back of the heel area.
What you really get is a thin layer of leather pressed onto knit and foam which explains how adidas managed to have leather produce a wavy embossed effect all across that upper.
We’ve had the Copa Sense .1 on feet
We’ve received a pair of the Copa Sense .1 from the good people of adidas 2-3 weeks back and having tried on the boot, the first thing you’d notice is how snug it feels like all across the boot. Go true to size as the length of the boot is just right with excellent lockdown from toe to heel. However, the midfoot, especially along the joints of your toes, is quite tight so do loosen up the laces liberally before putting them on. We will be looking to see how much this stretches during our play tests.
adidas claims to have developed “TOUCHPODS” which are placed on both the medial and lateral sides of the boot, designed to absorb impact energy off the ball at the points of the boot where connection with the ball most often occurs. This may explain the tighter feel around those mentioned areas as the foam is a little thicker there.
Last but not least, the soleplate. I love how classy this new design is with the wavy design stretching to the heel area with the external heel counter. It also looks great out of the box with a glossy finish (on the + and the .1 variants) that will be certain to break your heart with scuff marks once you wear it on pitch. The stud patterns are pretty standard from adidas, mostly moon-shaped and semi-conical studs for a good mix of manoeuvrability and traction on FG and AG ground.
You’ll notice that 2 medial forefoot studs are coloured differently with a more coarse base compared to the rest of the plate. adidas calls them “SOFTSTUDS” and though they don’t feel much soft to the touch, they are intended to bend when receiving the ball, creating a cushion effect.
The BOOTHYPE team will be taking the adidas Copa Sense .1 to the test in the coming weeks so share any questions you may have about the boots in comments below or drop us a message on Instagram.