Mango Peeler has got his hands on a one-of-a-kind pair of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%. The customization was his own doing.
The Toronto-based artist and runner took the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, a lightweight racing flat that claims to improve running economy by four per cent, in its traditional colours and made them his own.
“I’ve been getting an amazing response from them,” he says. “I actually made the custom art the night before the race. It always ‘calms the palms’ for me to make art before a race. There are a bunch of musical references and colour references that I have been obsessed with during this training block.”
He adds that he enjoys expressing himself through running.
The runner made his latest design before the Oakville Half-Marathon finishing fourth in 1:18:31. He ran the Boston Marathon in April. The shoes held up well even after a hard 21.1K in the suburb of Toronto.
Peeler, who designed the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon T-shirt, last year made a customized shirt in honour of Eric Gillis and his 10th place finish at the 2016 Olympics. His Instagram page is as colourful as his designs.
The custom Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%’s original colourway and features are still recognizable on Peeler’s pair though the shades have been altered slightly. The carbon fibre plate through the midsole is still visible, for example. He added several messages on various parts of the shoe including “Nothing is easy,” “We gon’ see the future first,” which is a line from a Frank Ocean track, “People for peace.” Looking at the shoes, one can also spot several visuals including one that covers the heels. Many of his past designs are wave-like, which is a design element he incorporated into the 2016 STWM T-shirt design.
Peeler says he welcomes people to send him their pairs of the Vaporfly 4%, which retail for $330, for customization for a commission.