The weekend of 13/14th March 2010 sees all the top European Leagues in unison to raise the awareness of the (RED) campaign to help fight AIDS in Africa.
Nike announced their partnership with (RED) back in December 09, with their initiative being "Lace Up, Save Lives". Since then literally hundreds of thousands of players have shown their support by wearing red laces with their football boots. But here at SoccerBible HQ one pair of soccer cleats caught our eye - community member FulhamFTW's customized Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron!
We got straight onto FulhamFTW - aka Ben to his teammates - as we were eager to find out more about his custom boots. Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, we just had to ask Ben to share an insight into how he went about customizing his boots:
above: Before the action...Ben's Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron
"The first step was removing the lace cover. It's a pretty simple and straight-forward job, but should still be done delicately to avoid damaging the boots. There was some cleaning up of the adhesive to do, but once this was done I made holes for the laces. You could opt to just leave it as is, but they definitely look better with laces looping all the way up the front..."
above: With the lace cover removed and cleaned up.
So what did Ben think of the process? "It can be tough! But go out and buy a pair of Nike (RED) laces, lace them up, save some lives, and go play some football!"
With the everything completed in under 2 hours, we think Ben has done a really innovative and great job of showcasing the Lace Up Lives campaign.
above: The finished article proudly displayed over Ben's team 'HotShots'
What do you think of Ben's customized Vapor boots? Perhaps you have done the same, or have you added the RED laces to your boots in an unusual way? Send all your boots & laces pics to our inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll feature the best ones on the site!
Please note: The SoccerBible accepts no responsibility for any damages or issues to football boots should any attempts be made to replicate this article. The above is presented as a feature only from community member(s). If in doubt, simply don't try this at home!