In collaboration with Dave Dombrow and Kevin Fallon of SpeedHack, select students of the Sports Product Design program were tasked with reimagining a sports footwear icon. Working with UO student, Bryant Jimenez, we hacked the iconic adidas Copa Mundial. 
 

Worn by players such as Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona, we designed for a modern athlete to sport our new boots.

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Project
Brief

How could we reduce the internal temperature of football footwear when playing on hot artificial grass and asphalt?

Weight Reduction

  • Replace or remove excess materials to bring the current weight down (326 grams) 

  • Remove heavy soleplate and swap for a lightweight alternative

  • Disassemble and reconstruct boot with upper alterations

2

Flexibility

  • Update soleplate with a modern conical stud variant

  • Minimize material on the medial and lateral edges

  • Reduce upper layers for enhanced ball feel and first touch

3

Breathability

  • Zone areas for maximum breathability

  • Add storytelling elements throughout through permeability 

  • Perforate high-sweat areas while maintaining structural integrity

Prototyping