Showing your status a man of fine taste and a handcore-footy fan is a tricky balancing act for sure.
It’s a social faux-pas to wear your favourite team’s out to replica kit dinner with the missus, you could never wear your team’s shorts and socks to anything other than a casual game of five-a-side and let’s be honest; football boots are not practical walking attire on the way to the pitch, never mind down the pub.
So, how do you take that little piece of the beautiful game with you wherever you go?
Umbro think they might have the answer with the swank new Milton casual shoe.
Not only is it swank as you like and looks damn fine just about any time of the wear, the Umbro Milton is inspired by the legendary Umbro Speciali football boots.
Each shoe contains design touches taken from the Speciali’s revolutionary insole built for comfort with a thicker than the average casual shoe, lacing that hugs the foot and a short tongue to aid movement.
The Umbro Milton also features an interpretation of the A-frame design made famous by the Speciali boot to provide stability and extra comfort, whether you’re pounding the pavement to catch the last tube home or on a long-walk around town.
The Umbro Milton leather is a central piece in the collection, available in full grain leather, with a micro perforation, canvas lining and a support in sock for added comfort.
Key to the range is the tan torn leather option. Vintage in look and feel, this style provides a smart and luxurious addition to the sportswear footwear market.
Built for the casual trainer wearer, the canvas Milton is inspired by South American football with bright colours, soft and breathable fabric and a classic look.
The suede version of the Umbro Milton takes its reference from classic indoor football footwear, with the fabric used being comfortable and responsive as well as looking fresh, smart and stylish.
That’s not to say you’re simply being duped into wearing a pair of astro’s or footy boots out on the town, in fact – you’d be hard-pressed to find any gaudy upper designs or ma-hoo-sive brand logos anywhere on the Umbro Milton.
The solitary give-away that these are, in fact, an Umbro design is the subtle diamond-shaped eyelet on each shoe.
Even the most dapper city gent would be forced to raise an eyebrow in approval at that neat little touch.
Designed for and inspired by the 1350 minutes a day you’re not playing footy, the Umbro Milton is available from Umbro.com, Offspring and Office [Topman, London] from 12th September, with the range starting at £45.