No. 19 – Umbro Geometra Pro
Highlight: A padded zone called the ECZ, or Energy Control Zone, sits on the instep making for great control.
With Nike’s takeover of Umbro in 2008 came a whole new wave of boot designs for the English giants. One of these designs took on a key fundamental piece of Nike development – a padded control area on the instep. This might sound like an easy addition, but you need to create a soft zone that cushions the ball without making it stick to your foot. Umbro employ a Teijin medial pad with memory foam and as a result, the “ECZ” stands out as one of the leaders currently on the market. Add the strategically positioned stitching featured along the K-Leather upper and the very effective stud configuration, and you have a top class performer.