Adidas have released possibly the most extravagant boots of all time with a pair of lion-dogs decorating their limited Yohji Yamamoto adiZero F50.
Yamamoto has designed the boot himself, borrowing Japanese influences and traditions to create something which, to be fair, we've not seen anything like before.
According to the official press release:
The front of the Yamamoto adiZero F50 displays a pair of imperial lion-dogs who, in ancient times, guarded the emperors of Japan who used to live on sacred ground. This traditional design has been placed in the context of Japan’s modern sci-fi culture creating a spiritual connection between the past and the future. The result is an unexpected design that draws inspiration from the fashion world in order to make a bold statement on the football field.
Now, the next question is an obvious one: Which footballers would have the bravado to carry off these cleats?
The answer is David Alaba of FC Bayern Munich, Lucas Moura of Paris Saint-Germain, Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan, Gyasi Zardes of LA Galaxy, Jonny Steele of New York Red Bulls and Naohiro Ishikawa of FC Tokyo.
All of them are expected to wear the boots this weekend.
According to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, just 2,000 pairs of these boots will be produced, so if you like them and you think you'll be able to wear them in a Sunday morning pub match, you'd better get a move on.