Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. sports custom Crocs cleats to training camp

GLENDALE, Arizona – Crocs cleated shoes are one thing.

At least shoe artist Sean Vergara made them for Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. for training camp.

Vergara had replicated a Crocs cleat weeks before Murphy shared ideas for his annual custom-made shoe during camp. The two had worked together in the past, and when Murphy – a self-proclaimed “Crocs guy” – heard about the idea, he jumped at it.

“Byron’s just one of those guys who can go all out,” Vergara said. “Byron was the guy to propose to.”

From there, 26-year-old Vergara, who lives in Seattle, got to work.

He took a pair of Murphy’s Nike shoes and began coloring the bottom yellow. He then colored the upper part of the cleat, which comprised the outer shell and the sock-like part where the foot goes. The result was a school bus yellow that also resembles one of the Cardinals’ colors.

Then Vergara was meticulous with the details.

He wanted to put a Crocs strap on the back of the shoe so it would look as similar to the shoe as possible, so he went to Dick’s Sporting Goods, pulled down all the Crocs he could find from the wall, and started measuring the straps . It was the strap on a pair of toddler-sized Crocs that fit the dimensions he needed.

But what would a pair of Crocs cleats be without the toe holes?

Vergara measured the exact size of the holes in a real pair of Crocs and punched them onto the cleats. He wasn’t finished then. He copied the hole pattern from actual Crocs onto Murphy’s cleats to give them the most authentic look possible.

It worked.

“They’re on fire,” Murphy said. “I posted them on my Instagram. They kind of exploded. But I need to get more colors. I will do that. I don’t know if I can wear those on game day without getting a fine.”

Murphy said he could play in it if he wanted to.

The Crocs cleats, which took Vergara about 20 hours to create over the course of a week, went viral. He has been designing cleats for the last 10 years and said that the Crocs cleats are perhaps his most unique.

“It’s hard to say because it’s a simple design, kind of a big inspiration to pull from somewhere else, while sometimes I do small inspirations but very, very unique design applications,” Vergara said.

“Anytime I get an opportunity to go beyond just painting, it’s always fun and these are always some of my favorite subjects.”

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Emma Bowman

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