Football’s most iconic boot has been brought into the 21st century with the release of the COPA SL, the latest product from the Limited Collection – a range of exclusive boots released in limited quantities to show adidas’ flair, innovation and creative spirit.
Worn by some of the game’s most decorated players – including Franz Beckenbauer and Franco Baresi – the COPA Mundial graced some of football’s biggest stages following its release in 1982.
From European Cups to World Cups, the COPA Mundial was the boot of choice for the world’s greatest players in the 80s and 90s and the perfect choice of boot to pay homage to in adidas’ latest release from the Limited Collection.
The COPA SL has been stripped back to its lightest form whilst still keeping some of the design elements that created the iconic boot. Synthetic materials replace the black leather to offer a more lightweight, streamlined look and feel, whilst still paying homage to the original model.
Speaking about the creation of the boot, Sam Handy, VP of design, said: “When we looked at recreating a classic boot, the COPA Mundial was the stand out option.
“The brand has a huge depth of heritage in our back catalogues but this is the boot that stood out above the rest.
“Redeveloping this classic icon was a rewarding project that allowed us to add a modern take on a true football icon.
“We’re fiercely proud of the Mundial but wanted to inject a new twist on the boot – something I can proudly say we’ve achieved with the COPA SL.”
The COPA SL are available to purchase in limited quantities now.
We rate it: 8 out of 10: A sleek remake of an unforgettable classic.
Where to Buy: adidas store at Mall of the Emirates
BILLABONG’S 2016 JUNIOR COLLECTION – SO YOUR KIDS CAN SURF IN STYLE
Billabong is a brand built on a foundation of inspiring youth. And its latest collection, made for the grommets – the surf term for kids aged 16 and below – continues to carry that spirit.
The 2016 collection for the groms, keeps true to the brand’s iconic surf heritage with its classic, laid-back aesthetic to ensure that even the smallest surfers hit the waves in style.
The collection is available for kids aged 0 to 16, and comes in a myriad of electric prints, combined with those all important kid-friendly details, like non-irritating overlocked seams and safe zippered pockets.
Price range: From Dh95 to Dh295
Where to Buy: Billabong stores
LE COQ SPORTIF’S R900 PARIS-ROUBAIX – TRIBUTE TO A HISTORIC RACE
The famous Paris-Roubaix cycling race celebrated its 120th anniversary earlier this month and as a partner of the annual spectacle, Le Coq Sportif released an exclusive capsule collection. The LCS R900 Paris-Roubaix is made from premium materials such as nubuck, perforated at the base to give a subtly elegant look.
The race’s identity is perpetuated with a speckled effect on the sole as a reminder of the rough, cobbled route plus the dedicated logo on the tongue.
Where to Buy: Level Shoe District at The Dubai Mall
STADIUM’S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION – A COLLECTION TO FULFILL ALL YOUR FITNESS NEEDS
Stadium, the multi-brand sports and active lifestyle retailer, has launched its stylish new Spring/Summer 2016 collections.
Fusing fitness and fashion, the new ranges showcase the latest designs from brands available at Stadium, including adidas, Reebok, Nike, Puma, Umbro, Under Armour, Fitbit and Drift.
Stadium also retails some of the latest sports technology, with a range of new season fitness accessories now available in stores. Bringing together over 48 of the world’s biggest activewear brands under one roof, Stadium is a one-stop-shop for the region’s fitness enthusiasts.
Where to Buy: Stadium stores
Reebok has redefined functional training with its hardest-working CrossFit collection yet.
The new Spring/Summer’16 training collection combines eye-catching styling with the latest technology, such as the brand’s patented ActivChill fabrication and SpeedWick moisture management, to maximise your potential and help you test your limits.
Women’s and men’s apparel highlights from the S/S’16 collection include:
Disrupt Reversible Tights, Dh375
Designed to offer two looks in one, wearers can choose from a solid colour or reverse the tights to reveal a vibrant ‘happy accident’ graphic inspired by the CrossFit community.
SpeedWick technology offers increased ventilation, while a lack of front rise ensures a great fit and smooth front.
Disrupt Reversible Chase Bootie Shorts, Dh225
Match any mood and express your unique personality with these reversible bootie shorts. Choose a calm and cool single colour or opt for the adventurous patterned side.
ONE Series ActivChill Crazy Camo Tight, Dh295
With laser perforated waistbands and ActivChill mesh panels for added breathability, these ONE Series tights are designed to keep athletes cool and comfortable.
Reebok CrossFit Kevlar Boardshorts, Dh495
Flexible and durable enough for any workout, the CrossFit Kevlar Boardshorts are built with Kevlar fibres and Cordura technology.
Hard-wearing Kevlar is woven into the front of the short to provide protection on the upper leg against tears and abrasions from workout equipment.
We rate it: 8 out of 10: Bold prints, comfortable styles, what’s not to like?
Where to Buy: Reebok stores
GEOX NEBULA SHOES FOR MEN – THE ULTIMATE WALKING SHOE
A vibrant fabric upper is combined with soft suede and mesh inserts to create the high-tech Nebula footwear.
So much more than a sneaker, this is a shoe suited to any occasion thanks to the 3D Performance Unit of the sole, the Net Breathing System and the Inner Breathing System, which combine to create practical, incredibly flexible, light and ultra comfortable footwear without ever compromising on style.
Designed for travelling the world, perfect for any season, they naturally adapt to every movement of the foot.
This is the perfect shoe for those who love to travel with style and personality, without compromising on comfort.
The shoe is equipped with 360° breathability thanks to the special lining that supports temperature regulation of the foot. Maximum flexibility, stability, and grip are guaranteed by the 3D Performance Unit, with a slip-on fit for easy wear.
Price range: From Dh677 to Dh703
Where to Buy: Geox stores
BILLABONG’S BEACH BLEACHED COLLECTION – BEACH CHIC WITH A TWIST
A collection that is washed out, worn out, and softened by the sun. A utopia where tom-boy meets beach bohemia; bleached tones meet neon; and the vintage style of the 70s meets the 90s.
Persian-inspired prints are anchored on a palette of whites and blues, with hints of faded neon placed on soft shape maxis, shift dresses and cropped tops. Bleached-out indigo jerseys in faded blue have a rugged vintage sport feel; while denims are trashed and all about the pull-on waist.
Price range: From Dh75 to Dh365
Where to Buy: Billabong stores
BILLABONG’S SURFPLUS COLLECTION – A GATEWAY TO A STRESS-FREE LIFE
The people at Billabong work passionately to create products that carry the perfect blend of functionality and style.
It’s about championing a culture that’s been led on by a fuss-free, stress-free life.
This season, they have taken that belief one step further and created a utilitarian inventory that’s not just innovative and durable, but also looks great.
In short, the SurfPlus collection is designed for surfers by surfers, and is built to withstand a lifestyle full of adventures.
But best of all, the range is all about versatility, fitting seamlessly with all aspects of our daily lives.
Price range: From Dh135-Dh550
Where to Buy: Billabong stores
NORTH FACE LITEWAVE AMPERE – a shoe light years ahead of the rest
The North Face is much more than just the world’s premier supplier of outdoor kit. Recent advances into the exercise market has ensured the company has long since lost its reputation as being the sole preserve of walkers, climbers and adventurers.
This push has continued with the men’s Litewave Ampere shoes.
Built for the toughest training sessions, they form a key part of the new Mountain Athletics collection which has been launched across the UAE and features 10 items which also include hoodies, tees and shorts.
With an eye-catching blue and yellow colouring, they are hard to miss. Look beyond the visuals – which also include a more-demure grey/red alternative – and you will find an essential addition for people intent on breaking a sweat.
Available now from Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre and selected Sun and Sand Sports stores, the Dh399 shoes incorporate intricate technology to keep the user cool and supported through its breathable mesh on the outsole.
They feel lightweight to the touch, yet are durable enough for any workout.
The North Face’s CRADLE heel stability technology and compression- molded single-density EVA midsole ensure the wearer will also feel reassuring stability under foot.
Allied with the sole’s low profile and a full-length TPU plate, it produces an excellent energy return and push-through to keep wearers going on past their personal bests.
The true genius of this product comes from The North Face’s origins. The excellent adidas BOOST or Asics Gel trainers feel comfortable on the gym or in the kindest of trails, yet you feel you could take the Litewave Amperes anywhere. Strap on a pair now and reach new heights.
Where to Buy: Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Centre and selected Sun and Sand Sports stores
LACOSTE ROLAND GARROS CAPSULE COLLECTION – paying homage to a classic
Lacoste, a historic partner of the tournament for more than 40 years, brings out a textile line every year in collaboration with Roland Garros.
This new co-branded capsule pays tribute to Rene Lacoste, five times singles and doubles winner of the tournament, and celebrates the timeless elegance of the tennis champions of the 1920s.
Imbued with a subtly retro spirit, this collection combines the iconic Lacoste petit pique with jersey in navy, white, grey and turquoise blue colours for graphic, functional and comfortable looks.
Where to Buy: At Lacoste stores starting May 15
ON CLOUDSURFER – MEN’S NEON AND GREY – running on cloud nine
Trying to add a bit more performance to your run? Meet the new On Cloudsurfer. Thanks to its patented CloudTec system, you’ll enjoy a softer landing and a more explosive take-off than you’ve ever felt before.
The new Cloudsurfer is now even lighter and more agile, so it transforms more running energy into forward motion.
Where to Buy: Adventure HQ (Time Square), BeSport Bike Shop, trisouq.com
Catlike Whisper Road Helmet Whisper is a helmet that broke all the rules of design when it was introduced and that continues captivating cyclists all over the world.
This piece of art can boast of victories in the most important races in the world, including the Olympics, with gold medals in both Road and MTB XC in 2008, World Championships, like the one achieved by Thor Hushovd in 2010.
Price: Catlike Whisper Road Helmet Black Dh685
Where to Buy: trisouq.com