While doing some research this weekend on custom designed boots, I came across this post from last year that highlights some pairs worn by AFL (Australian Football League) players. I’ve seen plenty of Indigenous designs before, but these ones had somehow slipped by and are very much worth highlighting. You have to love the style and craft that goes into creating the detailed graphics and color combos on these boots.
The back story to the boots goes like this. To celebrate Indigenous Round, Hawthorn Hawks Indigenous players had several pairs of special boots painted by renowned artist Daren Dunn. Dunn is an Aboriginal man of the Gamilaroi tribe and celebrates his tradition through art pieces and creating awesome designs like these.
Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli, Bradley Hill, Jed Anderson and Shaun Burgoyne were the players to involved. Each one of a kind pair of boots was worn in a game and all of the players trained in them during the week prior. In total there were 5 pairs put up for auction, with 2 pairs of leather Adidas F50 adiZero, a pair of adiPure 11Pro, a pair of Puma King Finale and a clean pair of Nike T90 Laser IV. Post game, the players signed them and they were put up for auction.
Images via Hawthorne Hawks.