ADIDAS claimed they had given those old-fashioned football boots with laces the, err, boot yesterday by launching a radical new laceless number.
So are the days of footballers tying up their shoelaces on the sidelines numbered?
In a carefully choreographed pre-launch, various top players around Europe were pictured fawning over the football equivalent of moccasin slip-ons.
Arsenal and Germany midfield ace Mesut Ozil posed with the new laceless Adidas Ace 16+ GTI boots in a photo posted on the Arsenal star’s Instagram page.
He was joined in the manufacturing giant’s promotion campaign by Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Chelsea midfielder Oscar as they prepare to launch the new range in 2016.
The new Ace 16+ GTIs are claimed to be the revolutionary first-ever laceless boots to be produced.
If so, they are arguably the most striking introduction since George Best launched boots with laces shifted from the front of the boots to the side.
Adidas say the boots take inspiration from ‘football creators expressing themselves on different surfaces around the world’.
They are the latest in a series of ground-breaking innovations from adidas Football, which will land in 2016.
Barcelona and Croatia star Ivan Rakitic poses with the new laceless black boots, the Adidas Ace 16+ GTI
Is he listening to a Mourinho team talk? No, Oscar is checking out the new boot.
Mail Online reported that the boots are designed to offer pure control with the new laceless design and come with a Primeknit upper and the iconic three stripes that resemble the adidas emblem.
An external heel counter is added for improved stability and protection, while the boots will feature the same redesigned soleplate as the regular Adidas Ace 16.1 boots.
And for those of you fellas who reckon slip-on boots are a bit, well, girlie, at least adidas have released the first examples in manly black. Lee Cattermole may well be keen.
But what’s this…
Yes, it may be that adidas have not quite reinvented the wheel. Here is the Lotto laceless boot, released way back in 2006, so the no-laces-look may actually be, well, rather old hat.
And for those of a certain age, here are those
George Best beauties, made by Stylo in the 1970s.
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