The Coolest Shoes of the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Every four years, the big shoe companies get into the Olympic spirit by producing custom shoes for various athletes. Puma, Reebok, Adidas and Nike design some of the coolest, funkiest and original shoes that you won’t find at your local shoe store. Time Magazine has compiled a list of the most impressive shoes that were seen during the olympics. Here they are, courtesy of Time Magazine.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wears a pair of golden sneakers custom-made for him by Puma

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wears a pair of golden sneakers custom-made for him by Puma


the LeBron Zoom Soldier II, was designed for Lebron James by Nike

the LeBron Zoom Soldier II, was designed for Lebron James by Nike


Chinese basketball player Yao Ming received a red dragon on his pair of Reebok shoes

Chinese basketball player Yao Ming received a red dragon on his pair of Reebok shoes


Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos\'s shoes are branded with her name and her nation\'s flag.

Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos's shoes are branded with her name and her nation's flag.


US runner Sanya Richard\'s name is etched onto the back of her sparkling Nikes.

US runner Sanya Richard's name is etched onto the back of her sparkling Nikes.


Argentinian basketball player Fabricio Oberto has had the word \"Argentina\" written in Chinese on his sneakers

Argentinian basketball player Fabricio Oberto has had the word Argentina written in Chinese on his sneakers


An Australian flag accentuates basketball player Lauren Jackson\'s yellow Nikes.

An Australian flag accentuates basketball player Lauren Jackson's yellow Nikes.


Varli Shomin\'s shoes contain a motif from the Russian Olympic uniform.

Varli Shomin's shoes contain a motif from the Russian Olympic uniform.


German basketball player Demond Green has the name of his homeland stitched onto his pair.

German basketball player Demond Green has the name of his homeland stitched onto his pair.


US runner Tiffany Ross-Williams makes some final adjustments to her sparkly red Reeboks

US runner Tiffany Ross-Williams makes some final adjustments to her sparkly red Reeboks

All images Courtesy of Time Magazine.

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