March 8th, 2011

Mamadou Sakho: Studs Up

Mmm, purrrty and practical. Just like us. (Image via

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.


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11 Responses to “Mamadou Sakho: Studs Up”

  1. WoodyinNYC says:

    I'm sorry, but some minion on the Kickette staff should get beat about the head and shoulders with a stale baguette. With this story you blew a chance to show us the kind of glowing skin and firm muscles picture found on Mamadou Sakho's official website. You'd never know it from your photo of Mamadou with the soccer boots, but he's a luscious hunk!

  2. Isabella says:

    are there any manties to match the shoes?

    give me a break!

  3. [...] Mamadou Sakho with the Swarovski crystal boots he commissioned to celebrate his French NT selection. [Kickette] [...]

  4. C16 says:

    That is just ridiculous.

  5. Crackers says:

    Crystal-studded boots?

    Call me boring, but all I can think is, you so much as flick someone with the tip of one of those, they're going to bleed, and bleed a lot. I mean, Swarovski isn't exactly soft.

  6. Ashlee says:

    My biggest peeve here is that one shoe does not match its mate.
    If we're going to encrust the boot in Swarovski, we're going to do it right.

  7. Cara says:

    How would you clean them when they get dirty? I'd be playing on a handstand everytime I wore them for fear of some of the Crystals falling off!

  8. blake2108 says:

    Those pink boots were hot, as is the guy they're on.

    Yellow boots are the best though.

  9. jessie says:

    You guys at Kickette crack me up……Now I can't wait to see Cristiano's response… my imagination is going wild hahhahahah

    • LosAngeleno says:

      I'm imagining Christiano reacting with some completely new shape– a sandal boot, maybe a knee high lace up, or perhaps a football mule.