We’re not going to give you the ‘back in my day’ speech about modern football boots.
But, by now, we’re all used to pink, yellow and green boots being the norm over a simple pair of black and white Copa Mundials.
Who are we to stand in the way of modern technology?
As adidas’ main man, Lionel Messi had the privilege of lacing up the German company’s latest in football boot slash spaceships when Barcelona took on Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.
The adidas Nemeziz takes inspiration from taping and torsion, with a nod to martial arts in the way the boot is designed.
But the big question is, how did the boots perform on the night? Well, when attached to the left foot of Messi, you’re usually guaranteed goals.
The Argentinian took 30 minutes to open the scoring, playing a beautiful one-two with Neymar before curling home past Fernando Pachecho.
Alaves’ on-loan defender Theo Hernandez, who will reportedly leave Atletico Madrid to join Barcelona in the summer, scored a free-kick just three minutes later to equalise.
But goals from Neymar and Paco Alcacer, assisted by Messi, handed Barcelona a 3-1 win and ensured Luis Enrique’s final season as manager ended on a high.
So Messi starts life with the Nemeziz’s with a win.
Still, we’d take a pair of Copas or Puma Kings over any boot on show these days. Bah humbug.