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Hi-tech boots of the 2010 World Cup.

By comparison, Nike's new Mercurial Vapor Superfly II is the most expensive boot on the modern retail market, coming in at around $400.

Henry VIII's boots would have been sturdy models made from tough leather to cope with the violent, no-rules, all-in-brawl approach to the game of the 16th century, a far cry from the streamlined and lightweight shoes designed for today's game.
Gallery: World Cup football boots

"We have a revolutionary technology which has a stud that adapts to different pitch conditions," Nike design director Andy Caine told CNN.

"This will make the fastest player even faster whatever the pitch conditions might be. For a modern footballer who's really fast, this is really going to change his game."

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