Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will sport custom-made adidas boots during the Rugby World Cup in France.
Kolisi has agreed what has been described as ‘a ground-breaking design partnership’ with the sports brand, ahead of South Africa’s title defence.
“The unveiling of the 10-year anniversary RS15 boot marks a momentous occasion, celebrating Siya Kolisi’s remarkable decade of professional sporting excellence in adidas footwear,” a statement confirming the partnership read. “This collaborative masterpiece not only commemorates his illustrious journey, but also pays a heartfelt homage to his roots.”
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“I have played in adidas all of my life,” said Kolisi. “I now want to share this incredible moment with all of you. The adidas x Siya Kolisi collaboration is the creation of a remarkable boot. The design is inspired by my journey. However, it goes beyond just representing me – it symbolises hope for children from the same background as mine. It serves as a reminder that regardless of the challenges we face, ‘Impossible is Nothing’.”
Kolisi elaborated on the inspiration behind the boot, which features the Bok captain’s own handwriting and details his journey to defending the World Cup.
“The phrase ‘I Love Zwide’ is penned in my handwriting on the back tab, while the intricate map of the township I proudly call home is integrated into the boot’s overall print,” he explained. “The diverse colours woven into the design hold special meanings: green and gold pay homage to the African Bombers, blue represents my high school, Grey PE, red and black symbolise the Mighty Elephants and Sharks respectively, blue stands for the Stormers (where I made my Super Rugby debut), and the touch of pink commemorates the Mothers Day jersey adidas crafted (in 2015), featuring my mother’s name – a jersey I had the honour of wearing on the field.”