Artist's customised shoes for Bradley Wiggins & David Millar

That James Straffon again; now turning his eye to famous cyclists' footwear

by nick_rearden   March 6, 2012  

We've seen the work of artist James Straffon on here before; last time it was his collage theme based on the less than conventional private life of French cycling legend Jacques Anquetil and we've seen him exhibiting with Condor Cycles and at Paul Smith's boutique. This time he has painted shoes donated by Bradley Wiggins and David Millar, it's preparation for a show the artist is working on for the summer.

It seemed an interesting happenstance that the day after Adam Blythe's one-off Nike race shoes were snapped at Saturday's Strade Bianche race in Italy, setting off an internet flurry of love and disapproval, the artist James Straffon should fire in photos of his latest work-in-progress but that's the way things work out happily sometimes.

Straffon has form for painting cycling shoes but never before the footwear of famous cyclists. Here we have the Bonts of Bradley Wiggins, painted in a design called 'MODifications' and Davis Millar's Fiziks here titled 'Dave the Brave.' The date 1962 date referred to on Brad's pair reflects the year Tom Simpson first pulled on the Maillot Jaune, becoming the first Brit to do so.

No word yet on details for the artist's summer show for which these shoes are part of the preparation but hopefully by the time they're shown there will be further good news on British success at the Tour de France.



'MODifications' by James Straffon: artwork based on shoes donated by Bradley Wiggins


'Dave the Brave' by James Straffon: artwork based on shoes donated by David Millar


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Now those i'd give my left arm to have a pair, Adam Blythe can keep his nedish nikes, give me those any day and i'd wear them everywhere Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9362 posts]
6th March 2012 - 23:58

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yeah, but with no left arm, you're reduced to only one chainring and no back brake! Big Grin

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posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
7th March 2012 - 9:36

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wow, those fizik shoes look amazing, bloody amazing, i cannot promise if i see dave riding near me in those i wont rugby tackle him and have them off his feet

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
7th March 2012 - 10:16

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They're a bit Graham Norton if you ask me. Wink

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posted by michophull [126 posts]
7th March 2012 - 15:40

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a bit graham norton? how can a pair of shoes be overpaid, tiresome and unfunny?

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
7th March 2012 - 15:51

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These shoes are just brilliant ! GKAM84, how about half an arm each for one shoe each Wink

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posted by timbola [232 posts]
7th March 2012 - 16:16

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Gorgeous...but if I rode with them i'd mess 'em up so I don't want 'em Tongue

Ok, I do want them.

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posted by dontcoast [22 posts]
8th March 2012 - 5:03

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Beautiful shoes! I like the Fizik's... the Bont's look like some kinda cycling novelty slipper Thinking

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posted by Paulo [112 posts]
9th March 2012 - 14:10

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Paulo wrote:
the Bont's look like some kinda cycling novelty slipper

True, but that's not unique to these ones. They all look like that in my opinion!

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posted by jamesfifield [105 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 6:23

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