More Touches, More Precision, More Intensity, More Skill, More Flair, More Shots, More Goals… More Game!
That’s what the new Chaleira Pro futsal shoe is all about. It’s a dedicated futsal shoe for players who take their game seriously – whether they’re a pro kicking off in the European Championships this week or an amateur futsal player dedicated to improving their game.
Brazil is the spiritual home of futsal and where many of the world’s top players are based, so it’s the natural location for us to use in the development of our new shoe. With extensive research and wear-testing involving professional players, plus feedback from our partners in Brazil, the Chaleira Pro was created.
The insights from players were used to influence the design of the Chaleira Pro in a number of ways. First of all, flexibility in the forefoot is important as futsal players need to move this area in more extreme ways due to the intensity and speed of the game.
So, the Chaleira has a cushioned leather vamp to provide the required flexibility, while flex grooves in the forefoot work with the foot’s natural movements to give the wearer more traction and enhanced comfort during the game.
In the midfoot, a support cage secures the foot for a locked-in fit, supporting the foot as the wearer moves in all directions. This area also helps to provide a great touch, an essential skill for any futsal player.
Cushioning in key areas is important for futsal players, as the short, sharp changes in direction and hard surfaces common in the game exert extra pressure on the ankles and knees. So, the Chaleira features an EVA heel cushioning area for extra comfort, and an impact zone on the outsole to disperse force more evenly, reducing the impact of those sharp turns and sudden movements.
As the primary contact area with the ball, the outsole is hugely important to futsal players. As well as the flex grooves and impact zone, the outsole also featured a 360 degree pivot zone, which allows for greater traction during the twists and turns that are integral to futsal. The grooves in the outsole also help to increase grip by channelling dust and dirt from the futsal pitch.
The Chaleira is completed by a mesh window in the midfoot for breathability and a neoprene collar on the ankle for increased comfort.
Five players will be putting the the Chaleira Pro through its paces at the UEFA European Futsal Championships which kick off this week: Adolfito of Spain, Romulo of Russia and Portuguese stars Bebe, Fabio Cecilio and Tiago Brito. England’s Doug Reed, Portugal’s Miguel Angelo and Brazil’s Bateria will also be wearing the Chaleira Pro in forthcoming competitive fixtures.
The new Umbro Chaleira Pro will be available in a Plum Caspia, Black, Eclipse and Lava Pink colourway from Friday 2nd February 2018.
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