Laceless and Leather: Umbro Reveal New Medusae 3 Elite Football Boots

Laceless and Leather: Umbro Reveal New Medusae 3 Elite

Laceless and Leather: Umbro Reveal New Medusae 3 Elite Football BootsThe Medusae 3 Elite, Umbro’s latest boot release, is the football brand’s first ever laceless leather boot. It combines the touch and speed of the previous generations of the Medusae with an innovative one-piece k-leather upper. By stripping out the traditional lacing system, the Medusae 3 Elite really proves less is more.

Leather boots are part and parcel of Umbro’s DNA, with the Umbro Speciali an icon on the pitch since 1992. But the new Medusae 3 Elite is far removed from the traditional leather boot, with every element designed for functionality in the modern game. Laceless and Leather: Umbro Reveal New Medusae 3 Elite Football BootsThe Manchester-based design team spent two years perfecting the boot, speaking with professional players who asked for a lighter boot with an extended leather vamp for a better touch and feel for the ball. If an element didn’t add comfort, improve fit and feel, or aid performance, then the design team simply took it out. The result is a sophisticated leather boot that’s laceless and light:

  • Umbro’s lightest ever leather boot, weighing just 170g
  • The laceless upper is one large piece of k-leather vamp designed to increase the strike area and smooth out a greater surface area of the foot. The seamless construction of the leather upper over the forefoot creates a comfortable feel without any uneven surfaces for the foot to rub against
  • An engineered knitted collar with TPU heat-welded support zones provides a responsive fit and enables easy foot entry, whilst maintaining stability and security in the heel area

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  • Debossed flex grooves follow the stitch lines of the iconic Speciali. They provide flexibility, whilst maintaining a secure ‘locked-down’ fit
  • Additional padded zones in the collar and silicone grip pods in the heel provide extra security
  • The lightweight and rigid Pebax outsole features a unique combination of conical and specifically shaped studs to ensure maximum grip and traction for speed in all directions. The stud position and geometry have been designed based on player feedback and analysis of peak pressure points during movement

Laceless and Leather: Umbro Reveal New Medusae 3 Elite Football BootsThe Medusae 3 Elite comes in a black, white, and marine green colorway and will be worn by Umbro players including Portugal’s European Champion Pepe, U.S. women’s team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, Peru’s Edison Flores, and Chile’s Esteban Paredes. It will be seen on pitch for the first time in this week’s internationals.

Initially limited to 24 pairs in each country as a reference to Umbro’s foundation in 1924, the Medusae 3 Elite ($225) drops October 19th and is available on umbro.com. It will be on wider general release early 2019.

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Unbelievably Fast Objects: Umbro Launch the Velocita 4 Pro

Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsProof of UFOs has been discovered—Umbro have unveiled some Unbelievably Fast Objects in the shape of their new Velocita 4 Pro football boots. 

The UFO name perfectly captures the essence of the new design, which has been created for players who value speed. The idea of Unbelievably Fast Objects has also been used as inspiration for the tongue-in-cheek campaign video. 

The light-hearted clip features West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio, who was so eager to try out these highly classified UFOs that he snagged a pair before their official release. Two Umbro “employees” who take their jobs very seriously (also known as comedians Rob J Madin and Rich Hall) were then sent to track him down and retrieve the boots by any means necessary…you can see the results here. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsOnce you get a closer look at the new Velocita 4 Pro, it’s easy to see why Antonio was so anxious to get his hands on them. The boot has been created following extensive wear testing from players at all levels, with the aim of working with the natural movement of the foot.

The most significant change on the Velocita 4 Pro is the brand new Sprint+ outsole. Made from a lightweight Pebax® material, it features a combination of conical and elongated studs to provide maximum grip and traction. Analysis of peak pressure points and player feedback informed the new stud positioning to ensure maximum comfort and balance. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsOn the upper of the boot, a unique tri-layer construction gives the wearer the perfect balance of security and flexibility. A bottom layer of neoprene gives a seamless feel against the foot; a ‘memory-flex’ middle layer offers stretch and flexibility; and then the protective top layer gives a snug fit. 

A common issue with synthetic uppers on football boots is that they can restrict movement due to a lack of flexibility in the material. The Velocita 4 combats this through the diamond cut outs in the forefoot, which allow the boot to flex around the natural movement of the wearer as they twist and turn on the pitch. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsThe sock construction on the boot has also been redeveloped, with a new shape allowing for a better fit around the ankle and increased comfort.

All together, it adds up to an exciting boot that delivers on the idea of making the most of the wearer’s natural speed and agility. Alongside the Velocita 4 Pro, there is also a range of other models designed for different price points and playing surfaces. The Velocita 4 is available for purchase online here.Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objects west ham united attack Michail Antonio