What would Stanley Matthews say in crusty boots from his greatest game as French star wears 2,500 diamond encrusted boots
13:03 GMT, 12 December 2012
Footballers are well known for shamelessly flaunting their wealth, whether it be the latest Lamborghini, clothes straight from the catwalks of Milan or a million carat pair of earrings.
But rarely does such bling make it onto the field – until now.
Saint-Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set the bar pretty high on Monday when he warmed up for a match with Lyon in an outrageous 2,500 pair of boots encrusted in Swarovski crystals.
Outrageous: The 2,500 customised Nike Vapor boots worn by Saint Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Monday, encrusted with 4,000 Swarovski crystals
Sparkling: The boots took designers at Orravan 50 hours to create and the design incorporated Aubameyang's initials, shirt number and the club logo
It took more than 50 hours to customise the striker's pair of Nike Vapors with 4,000 tiny jewels in a design which incorporated the player's name, number seven and the club crest and colours.
Sadly Saint-Etienne didn't produce a sparkling performance to match, going down 1-0 in the derby.
Earlier in the year, Aubameyang received a pair of similarly blingy boots in the national colours of Gabon as they took part in the African Cup of Nations as co-hosts.
Impressed: Aubameyang was delighted when presented with his new boots before training
King of bling: Aubameyang playing in some more conventional boots against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG last month
Golden Boot: An earlier Orravan Design creation to mark the match between France and Brazil
Gabon international Aubameyang isn't shy of drawing attention to himself – after scoring in a 2-0 win over Rennes in October, he celebrated by producing a Spiderman mask from behind the advertising hoardings, put it on and pretended to spin webs.
Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez set that trend two years ago, marking a goal against Blackburn by pulling a similar mask from his shorts.
Aubameyang was linked with a move to St James' Park in the summer and perhaps it's just as well he stayed put, otherwise the Toon would be swinging with comic book characters.
P.S. It's all a far cry from this!
These heavy boots were worn by Stanley Matthews in the 1953 FA Cup final, when his inspirational performance enabled Blackpool to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3.
The final is often referred to as 'The Matthews Final' because the 'outside right' hauled his team back from 3-1 down with just 20 minutes to play. Stan Mortensen scored a hat-trick for the Seasiders.
The design of boots from that era may have been primitive compared to what we're used to today, but they carried Matthews through 783 Football League appearances and 54 England appearances in a playing career spanning nearly 35 years.
These boots were sold at auction at Bonhams in Chester two years ago, fetching 38,400 – five times the estimate.
How it used to be: The boots worn by Stanley Matthews in the 1953 FA Cup final alongside a programme and ticket from the match that is often called 'The Matthews Final'