There's wild soccer boots, and then there's the boots that Gyasi Zardes and Jonny Steele will be wearing this weekend.
Designed by award-winning Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, the brand-new, limited-edition Yohji Yamamoto adizero F50 was released by adidas on Friday.
According to adidas, the front of the boots display a pair of imperial lion-dogs who, in ancient times, guarded the emperors of Japan. The traditional design has been placed in the context of Japan's modern sci-fi culture, creating a spiritual connection between the past and the future.
"My inspiration is a mixture of ancient traditions and modern sci-fi from Japanese culture," Yamamoto explains. "I hope the inspiration of the boot harmonizes the players and gives them extra confidence to express themselves without any fear. People should feel free to express themselves. Just follow your own instinct."
If you've always wanted a pair of lion-dog soccer cleats, now is your chance. But you better hurry, because only 2,000 pairs will be made.