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

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.

Details: james-straffon-palette.co.uk

 

'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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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 4 years ago
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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  4

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 4 years ago
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yeah, but with no left arm, you're reduced to only one chainring and no back brake!  4

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russyparkin [570 posts] 4 years ago
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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

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michophull [131 posts] 4 years ago
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They're a bit Graham Norton if you ask me.  3

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russyparkin [570 posts] 4 years ago
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a bit graham norton? how can a pair of shoes be overpaid, tiresome and unfunny?

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timbola [241 posts] 4 years ago
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These shoes are just brilliant ! GKAM84, how about half an arm each for one shoe each  3

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dontcoast [22 posts] 4 years ago
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Gorgeous...but if I rode with them i'd mess 'em up so I don't want 'em  10

Ok, I do want them.

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Paulo [112 posts] 4 years ago
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Beautiful shoes! I like the Fizik's... the Bont's look like some kinda cycling novelty slipper  39

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jamesfifield [107 posts] 4 years ago
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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!