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(This review is for the firm ground/moulded studs version of the Umbro Speciali)
I go through football boots at an astonishing rate. I have tried many brands and different styles but I believe you cannot beat the classic black leather boot. There are 2 boots on the market that have been around for years and, in my opinion, still the best. There is the Adidas Copa Mundials and the Umbro Speciali's.
The Umbro Speciali is a black boot with a large white Umbro logo stuck on the outer and in step of the boot. Black lace holds the tongue down that folds over that has "UMBRO Speciali" stitched in white. The black leather is stitched expertly together and attached to a white sole. The white sole has 13 black moulded studs made of a tough rubber that makes them ideal for hard pitches or even astro turf. The boot looks great and my only negative is the big Umbro logos stuck on. These actually tend to fall off over a bit of wear and tear and then leaves you with a better looking all black leather boot.
The boot is made of K leather (kangaroo) which keeps the boot lightweight and moulds easily around your foot. I tend to wear the boots in the bath first to shrink the leather to fit perfectly. The K leather provides a deft touch bout generates extra power when striking the ball. Beware that there are other versions of the Speciali's made of goat leather. These tend to be slightly heavier and I find not as easy to generate shot power. The boots are relatively robust and tend to make it through a season.
No matter what other designs and styles brands try and release I will always end up using the classics. Speciali is a special boot and if it was good enough for Alan Shearer its good enough for me.
I paid £79.99 last season for my pair.
Currently available at ProDirectSoccer - £39.99 (in sale)
I have tried almost every make and model of boot in the higher end of the market and these are certainly the best. There are many high quality boots on the market and everybody has different tastes but I don't think anyone could disagree that these are one of the most comfortable boots around. They have a very high quality leather upper and a well padded sole preventing the pressure points of the studs having any affect on your sole what so ever. When I tried these boots on alongside the Puma King you would not even have known you were wearing the Umbro they were that light in comparison. With the high quality leather these boots felt just like a sock. With proper care these boots will last atleast one year. The boots themselves will not make you play better but the confidence you gain by wearing them certainly will. THE BOOT TO BEAT ALL BOOTS!!!!!!!