Yesterday we revealed the new Chaleira Pro futsal shoe – a design for players who take their game seriously. So what’s so special about the Chaleira? Here’s the low-down on our new futsal specialist, designed to give you More Game…
A wide range of insights from futsal players were used to influence the design of the Chaleira Pro. 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.
Plenty of features in what is an exciting shoe – and it’ll be seen this week on the feet of some of the best players in the world as the European Futsal Championships kick off. Adolfito of Spain, Romulo of Russia and Portuguese stars Bebe, Fabio Cecilio and Tiago Brito will all be wearing the Chaleira Pro as they look for success on the futsal pitch – you can get your hands on it from Friday 2nd February when it goes on sale.