Size and fit

Like most low-top kicks and dad shoes, the  Umbro Runner M sports a traditional lace-up closure for an individualized fit. It's available in a wide range of sizes for women and men and tends to be wide-fitting, especially for buyers with a narrow foot width. The tongue and ankle are treated with light padding for extra comfort. Right below the foot is a cushioned footbed that's complemented by a Phylon foam. These features help reduce the impact so the user can enjoy more leisurely walks. 

Umbro Runner Style

Some cringe-worthy designs like the dad's orthopedic kicks are among the coolest gears to lace up nowadays. Umbro Run M's color blocking and chunky sole design easily fall within this range. Show your credentials with this glaringly stylish pair by rocking a long casual dress, tank top and crisp track pants, striped shirt and tight-fitting ripped jeans, or a hoodie and pin-rolled cargos. 

Notable Features

With Umbro Runner's bulky form and bulbous sole unit, it's easy to guesstimate that it's a clunky sneaker. But, surprisingly, this so-called ugly sneaker is way lighter than it appears. Thanks to the Phylon cushioning property that occupies the midsole. This unit cuts down tons of weight from the shoe.

Umbro Runner History

Umbro is one of the sporting brands that was bitten by the dad shoe trend, a sneaker style bearing a chunky arrangement. In 2018, this British sportswear label responded to such sneaker craze and dropped its version: the Umbro Bumpy sneaker lineup. Shoes from this collection were dressed in wavy motifs and color blocking, resembling the ultra-popular Balenciaga Triple S chunky trainers. Umbro Bumpy was immediately succeeded by the drop of the Umbro Runner the subsequent year. 

Umbro was formed in 1920 as a sports garment company under the name Humphrey Brothers Clothing, which was later simplified to Umbro. For many years, Umbro was considered a banner brand, known for supplying kits to professional clubs, notable teams, and national football and rugby leagues in the UK. 

The brand decided to venture to footwear production during the 1980s with its creation of football boots. In the most recent years, Umbro has tapped the sneaker market, entering the athleisure and lifestyle departments. Since the successful run of the Umbro Bumpy, the brand has been dropping dad shoes channeling the 90s vibe. Umbro Runner M, which belongs to the Archive Research Project (ARP) sneaker collection, is a modern take of the 1997 football trainer called Runner M. 

Nice to know

  • Umbro Runner M, a future-forward interpretation of a 90s trainer, appears in the following colorways: tonal tan, all white, sporty Ibiza blue, and blazing yellow. 
  • The vamp and tongue are laid with open mesh, while the rest of the upper is built with leather and polyurethane materials.
  • It features a jagged outsole design for traction. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Technology: Phylon
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.