Pope John Paul the Second has fallen for the charms of Doc Martens military-style boots.
The Pontiff has ordered 100 pairs of the cushion-soled boots for his Vatican staff, including a pair of white brogues in his own size.
The Pope follows in the footsteps of the likes of the Dalai Lama, Madonna and young followers of fashion all over the world by donning the practical but trendy footwear.
New footwear is coming to the Vatican - shoes that are practical as well as stylish.
Doc Martens - originally designed and sold as work boots - have been part of the wardrobe of the young and stylish for a number of years now.
And now the Pope has got in on the act.
The Pontiff is usually seen in leather slip-on style shoes.
But he has ordered 100 pairs of the military-style boots for his Vatican staff.
The order includes a pair of white brogues in the Pope's size nine.
Among the first to try out the new Doc Martens boots in the Vatican will be the Pope's Swiss guards.
Although DMs may not be quite as elegant as what they're used to wearing, they will certainly bring them in line with the times.
Doc Martens are manufactured in Northampton, England, and sold all over the world.
This store in London's Covent Garden specialises in the famous boots.
They come in all different materials and colours - including mock crocodile skin and mock leopard skin.
But the Pope and his entourage will be going for something a little more down-to-Earth.
The holy order includes a pair of the classic eight-eyelet bovver boots (quite frequently worn by skinheads) and three pairs of brogues in black, blue and white.
"Well the order was placed by the Vatican and they have asked us to supply a number of styles including the most famous eight eyelet boot in black, white and navy leather and also some three eyelet shoes".
SUPER CAPTION: Louise Hurren, Doc Martens spokesperson
The Pope will be following in some famous footsteps.
" The Pope joins a list of quite famous people who are known to have worn Doc Martens footwear in their time, people like the Dalai Lama, Madonna, Germaine Greer, lots of different pop stars and also people who just go about their jobs in everyday life".
SUPER CAPTION; Louise Hurren, Doc Martens spokesperson.
Since they first hit the shops in 1960, DMs have been worn by everyone from skinheads to catwalk models.
Now it seems the Pope will be joining the fashion conscious in his choice of footwear.