With all the wild and extravagant releases we are regularly exposed to, it is refreshing to open a box and find a pair of boots like the Umbro Special Pro inside. We are talking pure nourishment for the soul, with a classy black leather upper and traditional cross layered stitching providing a heritage styling that old school players yearn for.
With that in mind, it seemed like a perfect time to revisit such a classic staple, especially since they are available again on the US market. This is a boot that has been crafted to the same standards and specifications as its original version released in 1998. Umbro employ a thin and buttery soft kangaroo leather upper to create a perfectly natural fit and quality touch on the ball.
By using a new tanning process, the leather is thinner and stronger, increasing the durability while still keeping things lightweight. Then there is that classic fold over tongue, providing players with that old school, traditional look. You can keep it loose on top, tie it down using the lacing, or cut it off like some players like to do.
Underfoot, things are a little more modern, with Umbro using the same plate we have seen introduced on some recent releases. A TPU outsole with Wishbone technology in the midfoot and Memory Flex grooves under the ball of your foot offer a natural and free feeling when cutting and changing directions. And when you include the conical studs, you can double down by using them on both FG and artificial turf surfaces.
This is the type of boot that screams quality, designed specifically for players that want to let their performance on the pitch do the talking. Although they are not going to appeal to a lot of younger players, having the option to wear a boot like this at least once is an experience all players should have.
Find the Speciali Pro available at soccer.com.