We’ve been big supporters of the Umbro Speciali since it’s re-launch nearly 2 years ago here at Footy-Boots.com; we’re suckers for the classic design, soft leather upper and gimmick-free ethos.
In fact, the thing we love most about it is that it did away with all the nonsense that plagued the Speciali in the pre-Nike Umbro and brought the design of these football boots back to basics.
Well, it seems that Umbro are cutting loose a little bit and enhancing the Speciali’s classic design with a couple of little tweaks to create the Speciali Elite.
Whereas the current Speciali has a K-Leather Forefoot and Calf leather medial sections, the Umbro Speciali Elite is constructed from 100% Italian Kangaroo Leather (insert your own ‘Kangroos in Italy?’ joke here…) for a superior touch on the ball and comfort when flexing the foot.
These classy football boots also feature a re-engineered toe-box to give to boot a lower profile. What this means is that it’s a little easier to get under the ball to apply spin and loft to crosses and shots for the wearer, without compromising any of that highly-regarded Speciali comfort.
The Umbro Speciali Elite also bring across everything that we’ve come to love about the Speciali, including the fit-enhancing A-Frame across the upper and highly flexible midfoot.
Here’s the full list of what’s what on the Umbro Speciali Elite:
- Soft, original Italian K-leather upper
- A-Frame cradle for improved stability and reduced discomfort
- Covered lacing for increases surface area for contact with the ball
- Pre-formed, contoured external heel counter for a more comfortable, stable boot
- Newly engineered toe box gives more feel on the ball
- Flex grooves in the midsole for a greater freedom of movement and quicker acceleration.
Umbro Speciali Elite is available in HG or SG Stud configurations.
The pinnacle of Umbro’s heritage range of football boots; the Umbro Speciali Elite will be around for a limited time only at selected retailers for an RRP of £120.
Umbro haven’t confirmed whether any of their top-flight players will be making the switch to the Elite to promote them, but you can be sure that Footy-Boots.com will be the first to spot them if they do!
As for details, the Speciali Elite is available right now in Black/White/Gold, with this White/Black colourway starting to ship from mid-January 2011
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