Neither company is fully committing to them
This could have been such a stellar year for fans of the Copa silo and the Tiempo Legend silo. Both got new releases that had the looks to get people excited. For adidas, it was the fact that the boots looked like an evolution of the 19/20 models with the next generation of Fusionskin. For Nike, the Tiempo Legend looked to have taken inspiration from the extremely popular CTR360 series. In both cases the boots feel flat on their face. It might be just me, but the Legend 9 seems especially disappointing given how excited people were for its release. It makes me personally ask several questions. Like what is there plan, or does either company really care about leather boots when they seem to be doing the bare minimum.
The Copa Sense is weird because adidas put virtually no leather on the boot at all. It’s a shame because the leather forefoot is quite soft, but the rest of the boot is quite stiff. I know people like having more lockdown these days but most people buying leather boots would at least like them to be soft. And it does feel like the new Copa has gone backwards from the previous generation.
It is quite shocking because in the past you would have expected Nike to have put less leather on their leather silo, not adidas. Its just a strange move for a company that used to offer leather in all of their silos as recently as five years ago. Given the amount of Predator remakes we are getting these days, it almost seems like a better use of adidas’ time to drop the Copa silo and introduce a Predator Classic Silo. It would be a better use of the leather at least.
Nike has not had a “proper” Tiempo Legend since the 7th generation that was discontinued about three years ago. So many people got really hyped for the Legend 9 because of those CTR-like design cues but almost every review seems to say the boot is ok at best. It is just weird. The Legend 8 already seemed like it had too much tech packed into to it and while the Legend 9 dialed that back, it does not really capture what made a Tiempo special.
Now, it is not really a secret that Nike has wanted the Tiempo to go full synthetic for years and given how disappointing the current and previous generations of the Tiempo has been, maybe they will finally take that step. It is strange that considering Nike has dropped down to three silos, they seem to not even care about one (the PhantomGT) and the Tiempo was hyped up but has quickly been dropped from sight, with Nike putting all of their eggs in the Mercurial basket. It is understandable why they would do this since the Mercurial is the most popular football boot silo. At the same time, they will lose sales if they continue to ignore their other lines so much. I guess I should not care since that means it gives other brands a chance to fill those appetites.
Puma has not been mentioned but they seem like they could turn it around, though the new Platinum 21 is disappointing. At least it seems like we will only have to deal with it for a year so, cool, I guess?
With Nike and adidas, people have every right to expect more because both companies have done more, and it was not even that long ago. They both have a long history of solid leather boots, and I am sure people could rattle off their favourites from either brand quite easily. On the flip side, I guess I should be thankful that they have done such a poor job with their leather boots means I do not feel tempted to do full reviews of either. Even the addition of HG plates does not tempt me. So, while I get to save money, I do feel for people who were expecting more. In the meantime, just buy Mizuno instead!
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