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Inspired by a momentous event in soccer history, the Umbro Original Speciali 98 Pro is tradition and style rolled into one soccer cleat. This soccer cleat is inspired by Michael Owen’s legendary kick during the 1998 World Cup.
Umbro did not underdeliver with this creation, starting with its water-resistant kangaroo leather upper which is well known for its premium quality. This leather type brings a plush feel while it slowly stretches to the shape of the player’s foot, creating an even more personalized fit. In addition to this, a central lacing system is incorporated into a classic fold-over tongue.
The outsole of this Puma cleat is created with a TPU-based material which is a common feature among soccer cleats for its durability. The brand’s Wishbone technology is incorporated into the midsole of the shoe which aids support. This innovation creates a more rigid midfoot while providing more flexion in the forefoot for a more controlled support for the entire soleplate.
Memory flex grooves are also used in the forefoot to mimic the natural movements of the foot. The stud configuration is a total of thirteen conical studs which brings traction and grip in firm ground courts.
The Umbro Original Speciali 98 Pro soccer cleat brings a soft, hugging sensation to its players. A more personalized fit is achieved over time as the material slowly stretches to the wearer’s foot shape. A foldover tongue with a central lacing system has been incorporated into the shoe’s construction to allow for a more customized fit. It is available in men’s standard sizes ranging from size 6 to 11.
Similarly found in the Mizuno Rebula 2 V2 FG soccer cleat, the outsole of the shoe is created with a TPU-based material which is tried and tested for its durability. The stud configuration includes a total of thirteen conical studs with nine placed at the forefoot and four embedded in the heel area. This setup allows for maximum traction in firm ground courts.
In addition to this, the Memory Flex grooves are incorporated into the forefoot area. This element is meant to make use of the player’s natural foot shape to aid movement.
Wishbone technology is also included in the shoe’s design to maximize support. This mechanism optimizes flexion in the forefoot area while generating a more rigid midfoot. This combo allows for a full-length support in the soleplate.
Bringing a premium experience on the pitch, the Umbro Original Speciali 98 Pro soccer cleat features a water-resistant kangaroo leather upper that hugs the player’s foot. The leather brings a soft sensation during every play session. This feature has been designed to mimic the feel of the original model crafted in Italy. To achieve an excellent ball touch and feel, a specialized tanning process is used to create a thinner leather without compromising its strength.
The material extends then molds to the player’s foot over time. This allows for truly personalized fit.
Adding to the classic look of the soccer cleat, white elements including the Umbro logo is placed at the medial side of the shoe as well as the tongue and the heel area.
As the model flaunts a traditional vibe, what’s most apparent is a foldover tongue incorporated into the shoe’s traditional lacing system. The same type of tongue can be observed in the also classic-looking Nike Premier II FG. This feature enhances the soccer cleat’s fit.
- The Umbro Original Speciali 98 Pro soccer cleat is available in a traditional black and white colorway.