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.
How could we reduce the internal temperature of football footwear when playing on hot artificial grass and asphalt?
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
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
Zone areas for maximum breathability
Add storytelling elements throughout through permeability
Perforate high-sweat areas while maintaining structural integrity