Words: Josh Millar
Umbro have dropped four revamped styles from the 90s, launched as part of their Archive Research Project (ARP) collection.
The NEPTUNE, RUN M, EXERT MAX and the MAXIMA are not only great for fans of capital letters and lads looking to add an inch or two to their height, but also those who are after shoes with a distinct style that feel current while nodding to Umbro’s rich heritage.
The RUN M sneaker is a throwback to the RUNNER M 90s trainer, which was designed specifically for footballers to wear while training. This updated silhouette includes all-new colourways including a tonal tan and clean all-white versions. The EXERT MAX has the chunkiest sole of the four new trainers. Constructed with a breathable performance mesh upper, it also features a combination of zigzag leather and suede panels. The trainer was based on an archive shoe specifically designed for aerobics, so you can wear exceptional footwear while your hammys are cracking and chakras are getting all aligned.
The design that stays truest to its 90s brother is the NEPTUNE, featuring a nostalgic speed lacing system and mesh panels, good in case you need to run anywhere, I guess. Each of the four colourways has the iconic Umbro Double Diamond logo on the outside plus an embroidered white logo on the tongue.
The MAXIMA has upper panels inspired by football boot, as well as a midfoot support frame and mesh panels for added breathability. A striking outsole featuring chunky midsole cushioning, it also comes in a classic black and white colourway, like old school football boots strikers you liked in 1996 wore.
The lookbook for the trainers features a future clothing line from the ARP collection, including football jerseys, sweatshirts, shorts and tees.