Video: Mario Balotelli will wear different coloured boots in Brazil - one pink and one blue
Those halcyon days of footballers wearing plain black boots will soon only be remembered in footballing folklore like the half-time orange.
The likes of Mario Balotelli, Cesc Fabregas and Yaya Toure will all be wearing different brightly-coloured boots on either foot at the World Cup finals in Brazil next month.
They will all be sporting the Puma 'Tricks' boots, which will see them wear a blue boot on their left foot and a pink boot on their right.
Puma said the oddly coloured boots represent "the unshakable confidence of players who wear them, and evoke their potential to do the unbelievable".
Balotelli added: "I have to be honest, the first time I saw the boots, I thought the Puma guy was mad. But when I realised he wasn’t, I was already excited."
Balotelli will be wearing the mismatched pair of boots on 14 June during Italy's opening group match against England in Manaus.