Puma have had to think of something different to keep in touch with Nike and adidas at the World Cup this summer, following the football boot big boys both releasing their own revolutionary new footwear for the tournament in Brazil.
Nike and adidas have both gone for the scientific knitted boot approach, with ankle sock included, but Puma have overlooked any advice from their factory boffins and instead have chosen to take inspiration from the playground: a left and right boot in different colours.
The Puma roster, including the likes of global stars Mario Balotelli, Cesc Fabregas, Marco Reus and Sergio Aguero, will lace up one pink and one blue boot when they push for World Cup glory, with these shoes designed to ‘amplify potential’.
It sounds like a load of nonsense to us but, as expected, Balotelli is a supporter of the concept although he concedes to thinking Puma were ‘mad’ when the idea was initially proposed.
"I have to be honest, the first time I saw the Tricks boots, I thought the PUMA guy was mad. But when I realised he wasn’t, I was already excited,” Balotelli said.
"The evoPOWER looks cool in these special colours it is definitely unique. And, in the end, it is exactly the reason why chose to be with PUMA, they dare to be different and everyone knows that I do as well."
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, will be wearing the Puma Tricks at Wembley this Saturday as the Gunners contest Hull City in the final of the FA Cup.