From Jerome Boateng to David Luiz, you don't have to look hard for a football player whose sneaker connection is on par with their club appearances. This mash up of contemporary nostalgia is a fresh level of off the pitch goodness.

The R9 legacy is one that lives on in utter glory. For a player that rocked the game on ferocious levels when an Air Max Mercurial iteration of the iconic R9 comes a knocking, well you roll out the flags quite frankly. The Mercurial R9 is an utter headline grabber that still gets donned on the pitch in today's game. Look no further than boot spotting for that example.

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Being able to take the personality of that boot and ply it to the lifestyle world, is no mean feat but these taste makers look right on point. A remodeled makeover, features include a Hyperfuse uper and a wealth of traditional Air Max cushioning. Due to hit select stores in March, we're counting down the days. Bring forth the showstoppers.

Images courtesy of Sneaker Freaker.