We tend to think of footballers wearing the latest high-tech boots to ensure they perform well on the pitch. However, one international player is set to debut some knitted footwear in the near future.
Liverpool star Luis Suarez will wear the knitted boots against rivals Manchester United on March 16th, as well as at this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The boots have been designed by Adidas and aim to combine "the comfort and responsiveness of playing barefoot with the protection of a traditional design".
It is thought to be the first time that football footwear has been created in this way and will use the Adidas Samba colours of green, pink, blue and orange.
Just 150 pairs of the extraordinary boots have been made by the company and they will go on sale for £220 a pair on March 17th - the day after they make their debut on the field - so it may well be cheaper to knit your own!
There has also been some concern the footwear could increase the chance of players developing injuries because they are made from a softer material, but this has been dismissed by the designers.
"Every Adidas product is developed with the player in mind and in particular, the needs of the player," insisted Markus Baumann, the company's senior vice president for global football.
"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."
He added Primeknit technology could play an ongoing role in the sports company’s products as it aims to increase the use of innovative design in football.
For those looking to make their own pair of knitted football boots, it may be advisable to start with the traditional baby booties and work your way up to producing footwear suitable for world-class players.
There are a whole host of patterns available for cute baby booties, with many recommending the use of soft yarn to ensure comfort for those delicate newborn feet.