(PRWEB UK) 16 February 2013
In what is believed to be one of the most expensive pairs of football boots ever used in action, Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wore the eye-catching footwear while warming up for his team's recent clash with Lyon.
The boots, which were made by Orravan Design, were Nike Mercurial Vapors encrusted in Swarovski crystals and took more than 50 hours to complete.
At least 4,000 Swarovski crystals were embedded into the leather boots - which also incorporated his name, number and the club crest and colours - which Aubameyang replaced with a more conventional pair once the actual match got underway.
The boots are a superb example of the versatility and craftsmanship of Swarovski Elements, which can give any item of footwear or clothing a visual lift.
And one of the UK's largest stockists of Swarovski Elements, Crystal Parade, says the footballer's boots demonstrated just what could be done.
A spokesperson said: "Swarovski Elements come in a huge array of wonderful colours, effects, shapes and sizes, so they are a dream material for designers like Orravan to work with.
"And as they carry the Swarovski label, they come with the high-precision cutting and passion for detail that has been the hallmark of the company since it was established back in 1895.
"Football boots may be an unlikely place for crystals, but it shows again that there is virtually nothing that a designer cannot do with Swarovski Elements."
Crystal Parade has a large on-site stock of Swarovski crystal jewellery that acts as a global design resource for everyone from dancers, artists and fashion designers to theatrical wardrobe production teams and even individual hobbyists.
Well known for the knowledge and courtesy of its staff, Crystal Parade is also a source of creative inspiration for its clients.
The ideal crystals for boots like those made for Aubameyang would be Swarovski No Hotfix Flatback Crystals, also known as Swarovski Rhinestones, which are well-suited to decorating smaller items or hand-held gadgets like boots or trainers, mobile phones, ipods, mirrors, greeting cards and wedding stationery.
These crystals have a high lead content that is heavier than standard glass crystals, increasing the index of refraction and making them appear as bright and sparkly as diamonds when they come into contact with light.