If you want the best Umbro soccer cleats or simply prefer buying British sportswear, you'll want to take a gander at this guide.
Having the right cleats can make a huge difference to a player's game, with certain Umbro ranges specifically designed to assist defenders, attackers, speed merchants and creative maestros. FFT has been dedicating itself to categorising designs to make cleat shopping easier for you. If you're simply looking for the best soccer cleats of any and all manufacturers (including Adidas, Puma, Nike and New Balance), be sure to check out our other reviews.
But here you'll find the best Umbro soccer cleats on the market right now...
Best Umbro soccer cleats 2022
Reasons to buy
In our Umbro Velocita VI review, we praised this cleat's lightness in particular. Weighing in at 190g – the same as Nike Mercurial Vapours – this is an area where the Velocita VI sits comfortably alongside the absolute best in the business. Comfort-wise, they also do the business, with a thick sock-like structure offering you warmth, protection and support, while still allowing your foot room to breathe. The laces are also very high quality wool.
We also love the design. The big Umbro logo is a bold middle-finger to those obsessed with the latest Nike and Adidas releases. A slight downside was the scratchy material on the upper, which doesn't caress the ball, but allows it to skim off the surface instead. Overall this is a very good cleat, however.
Umbro Tocco 2 Pro
Reasons to buy
A cleat evidently built with first touch in mind. The Umbro Tocco 2 is a huge step up from the previous instalment in the Tocco series, with high quality K-leather providing an exquisite, dry and cosy experience for the feet, without feeling heavy.
Unlike other cleats that use the material, the Tocco 2's K-leather upper is covered in hundreds of tiny dots, and padded with memory foam, which are key in providing the type of grip and close control that can genuinely improve a player's performance.
Also among the cheaper options on the market, the Umbro Tocco 2 is a serious choice for players who want to compete on a smaller budget.
Umbro Speciali 98
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
Possibly the coolest Umbro cleat ever made. Yes, these were the exact puppies adorning a baby-faced Michael Owen as he thundered through Argentina's defence at the 1998 World Cup. They're not just gorgeous and dripping in nostalgia, either - they're a quality cleat in their own right. Fashioned using soft kangaroo leather and tanned for extra strength and durability, the Umbro Speciali 98 is a cleat that provides a cushion to improve your first touch and the warmth and protection to keep on going through the winter months.
Underneath the cleat is where things get a healthy dose of the modern age. A TPU outsole with Wishbone technology in the midfoot and Memory Flex grooves under the ball of your foot offer a natural and free feeling when cutting and changing directions. A sumptuous cleat which doesn't stiff you on the gadgetry.
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