Umbro’s newest boot is the Medusae 3 Elite and is the English football brand’s first ever laceless leather boot. It combines the touch and speed of the successful Medusae silhouette with the comfort of soft K-leather.
And by stripping out the traditional lacing system, the Medusae 3 Elite really proves less is more.
Innovation and leather boots have always been part of Umbro’s DNA – the iconic Speciali boot was the lightest in the world when it was released in 1992.
The new Medusae 3 Elite combines these two traits to create a genuine first – a laceless leather boot that combines the touch and speed of previous generations of the Medusae with an innovative one-piece k-leather upper.
That eye-catching new upper was developed following extensive consultation with professional players, who were looking for a lighter boot with better touch and feel for the ball. Over a two year period of development, anything that didn’t add comfort, improve fit or aid performance was stripped out to produce a sophisticated leather boot fit for the modern game – the Medusae 3 Elite.
Alongside the one-piece upper, the boot also features an engineered knitted collar which provides a responsive fit and easy foot entry, plus stability in the heel area once the game kicks off. Additional padded zones in the collar and grip pods in the heel offer an extra layer of security and comfort.
On the soleplate, an upgrade sees the Sprint+ sole (previously only seen on the Velocita 4) fitted into place. This lightweight Pebax outsole uses stud shape and positioning to maximise grip, traction and comfort, based on analysis of peak pressure points and player movement.
The Medusae 3 Elite is a modern, innovative boot, but there’s some nice nods to Umbro’s heritage in the mix as well. Flex grooves in the forefoot follow the stitch lines of the Speciali – a little nod to the Medusae’s spiritual ancestor. The launch colourway of black, white and marine green is a classic look for a boot that offers style and substance.
Initially limited to 24 pairs in each country as a reference to Umbro’s foundation in 1924, the Medusae 3 Elite drops October 19th. It will be on wider general release early 2019.