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Paul Smith for David Millar
August 17, 2014
Pioneers of fashion and sport teamed together for a celebratory collaboration as Paul Smith and cyclist David Millar co-created a unique pair of cycling shoes for Millar to wear for the Eneco Tour of Benelux, one of his last professional races which commenced in the Netherlands on 11th August.
The design showcases a personal and inspiring touch of their friendship meanwhile demonstrating a reminder of Millar’s achievements throughout his long-standing career. Handcrafted in Italy, both smooth and perforated leather was used for the black exterior, in line with the traditional appearance of a cycling shoe. A carbon fibre sole completes the Adonis colouring, with detailing of one of Paul’s own illustrations of a butterfly. The velcro fastening straps are embossed with an encouraging and personal ‘good luck’ message for David’s last season as a professional cyclist and the butterfly printed lining is a reflection of Box Hill in Surrey, where Millar has frequently competed throughout his career and protected butterflies are regularly spotted.
As well as this organic partnership between long-time friends and cycling enthusiasts, Millar has also joined forces with shoe manufacturers fi’zi:k for a collection entitled ‘An Eloquence of Movement’, with each pair being auctioned off and proceeds donated to the humanitarian organisation, Small Steps Project. Speaking of the collaboration, Millar said: “When we first envisaged this project with fi’zi:k I had always hoped Paul would be able to design a pair of shoes for it, it is one of the very few opportunities where maybe our two worlds could crossover, no matter how glancing it may be. A seasons worth of shoes would be incomplete without a pair designed by Paul Smith.”
As an ambassador for fi’zi:k since they first started making shoes, Millar was keen to share this experience with Small Steps Project, a charity that provides emergency aid, shoes and food to children and communities around the world who live on rubbish dumps.