Two decades on from its iconic feature on the world’s biggest stage, Umbro’s Speciali 98 has been one of our favourite boots of the year.
Inspired by those worn by Michael Owen at France 98, the new model features a similar super soft, water repellent K-leather crafted in Italy to the same specification as the original. A special tanning process is used which allows the leather to be very thin but extremely strong, resulting in lightweight boots with excellent softness for ball control. The iconic tongue has been recreated the match the dimensions of the original boot.
The TPU outsole uses Wishbone technology in the midfoot to aid support, while Memory Flex grooves in the forefoot mirror the natural movement of the foot. A pre-molded sockliner provides comfort and support that the Speciali was famed for. Attire like tees and jackets accompany the release of the legendary boot, which has already released via Sports Direct Soccer.