Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has teamed up with manufacturers Adidas to launch the world’s first knitted football boot.
The Samba primeknit – which will go on sale next month – is expected to be worn by the likes of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Barcelona star Lionel Messi as well as Suarez himself.
Suarez is set to debut them against fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 16.
The Reds striker will also be using the specially-created, limited edition boots for this summer’s World Cup, with the unique-looking cleats going on sale on March 17.
Markus Baumann, Senior VP for Global Football at Adidas said: “Every Adidas product is developed with the player in mind and in particular, the needs of the player. By producing the world’s first knitted football boot we have provided a brand new solution to the search for higher levels of comfort and flexibility.
“Primeknit is a further demonstration of our commitment to driving relentless innovation in football and is designed to allow for a bespoke fit for each player, making performance more intuitive and responsive than ever before.
“Primeknit is a technology that is right at the heart of Adidas innovation and we’re excited about introducing this development into football.”
However, a word of warning to anyone who has been totally wowed by the look of the primeknit boots – they are set to retail at an eye-watering £220, and the mud-baths of Sunday league may cause you to have a rethink.