March 8th, 2011
Mamadou Sakho: Studs Up
Mmm, purrrty and practical. Just like us. (Image via footy-boots.com)
Quite clearly, Alan Ball had absolutely no idea what he was unleashing onto the footballing world when he stepped out onto the pitch in a pair of white boots in 1970.
Back then, the world wasn’t ready for such outlandish gestures in footwear and forty one years later, despite the best efforts of David Beckham, Nicklas Bendtner (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo, we feel we are still not fully prepared for Paris Saint Germain centre-back Mamadou Sakho and his Swarovski crystal encrusted Nikes.
(Image via Zimbio)
We’re just not.
Don’t get us wrong. The idea of showing our love for our favourite things by gluing five thousand crystals to them is very appealing (our pets are less keen, for the record) but we fear this may be taking conspicuous consumption to a new and very alarming level.
Fortunately, these particular items are a one off, commissioned by Monsieur Sakho to celebrate his selection into the French NT. Less fortunately, Cristiano will have seen these and is probably planning some sort of Gucci-inspired, diamond studded, leatherette rebuff as we speak.