Wednesday , February 21 2024

Indigenous players Auction Custom Boots For Charity

Darren Dunn Boot Designs

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.

What do you guys think of these designs? And for our Aussie friends, if there are any other similar designs you want to share with us, hit me up on Twitter or Instagram.

Lance Franklin F50 adiZero

Bradley Hill adiPure 11Pro

Cyril Rioli F50 adiZero

Images via Hawthorne Hawks.

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  1. Those Puma King Finale's…..AMAZING! I'm a fan of all the boots and designs but there's something about the Finale's.

  2. While I am not an Australian Aboriginal, I do love these boots as someone who has a strong Native American/Taino Indian heritage. I would love to have a pair of boots similar to Wondolowski's custom Hypervenoms or just have a hand painted pair like these with my heritages own specific graphics. I have to say that these designs hit home with me.

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