It’s a sign of the times that a player wearing black boots is a major talking point from the weekend’s football.
To be fair, Brighton v Everton wasn’t a great spectacle, so the fact Wayne Rooney wore a pair of Nike Total 90 Laser IIs from 2008 was a welcome distraction.
But why would Rooney wear a pair of boots that were nearly ten years old? We’ve got some theories.
Is it just a coincidence that the season the Total 90 Laser IIs were released was Rooney’s most successful as a United player?
Rooney scooped the Premier League, Champions League, Community Shield and FIFA Club World Cup during the 2007/08 campaign.
What boots was he wearing in the Champions League final against Chelsea? Yep, you guessed it, a black pair of Laser IIs.
2. He’s leaving Nike
Again, we should reiterate that this is nothing more than speculation on our part.
But often when an athlete leaves one boot sponsorship for another they wear blackout boots in the intermediate period.
A case in point is Yohan Cabaye, who laced up a pair of black adidas Copa Mundial in between leaving Nike for New Balance.
Please don’t hurt us, Nike.
3. Because they’re gorgeous
Throw out all the Illuminati conspiracies and look at the bare bones of this story.
Rooney’s blackout Laser IIs were about as stunning as you can get, and blew the rest of his team-mates out of the water.
You couldn’t blame Wayne for pulling rank and deciding to wear them just because.
After all, if your boots look a million dollars then you’ll probably play like a million dollars. Not that that would particularly impressive for a Premier League footballer.
4. Dressing room pranks
It’s a dressing room staple. The prank.
Rooney’s a relatively new arrival at Goodison Park, despite the fact he started his career at Everton, so he’s ripe for a prank or two.
Did someone hide his brand spanking new boots and replace them with a pair from nearly a decade ago?
Probably not. But if they did, our money is on Tom Davies.