Arsenal star Mesut Özil to become first player to use laceless boots

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A shoemaker that is not shy of experimenting with designs and footwear technology, Adidas has a solution for footballers who don't appreciate the finesse around the concept of shoelaces.

Ozil gave a glimpse into his latest pair of boots via an Instagram post last November, where he shared a picture of the latest product from his sponsor Adidas. To offer additional anchoring, Adidas is using its PrimeKnit locking system, which it has also used in 3D-printed shoes, and which is very elastic, tightening around the user's foot for lock down and lateral stability, as well as a larger heel pocket and sole plate that is created to reduce the weight.

"My whole career I have tried to minimise the impact of laces on my strike and ball control", he said.

Mesut Ozil will soon be wearing laceless football boots and the Arsenal and Germany midfielder considers it "a dream come true" because he feels it will improve his first touch.

Ozil says in 2014, he told Adidas about the intricate way he knotted his laces and tucked them in so they wouldn't get in the way.

While these aren't the first laceless soccer shoes to hit the market, they're certainly the snazziest we've seen yet.

A limited number of the groundbreaking boots will be available to the public in Adidas flagship stores in Paris, Marseille, London, Barcelona and Manchester, and in selected retail partners. Having worked for publications such as The Santiago Times and The Conversation, he now writes for Gizmag from Melbourne, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, the city's freakish weather and curried egg sandwiches.

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