Winning gold (or silver or bronze) is certainly about more than the physical take home prize, but you've gotta wonder if Michael Phelps...
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Twenty years ago, Veerle Swenters and Pierre Bogaerts started writing what would be over 1,000 letters to artists, requesting – their shoes. After hours and hours and hours of toiling and begging, these Dutch shoe collectors amassed quite a collection (of specatular espadrilles - and other great togs). Check it – and others of ethnic footwear and designers own shoes – on Shoes or No Shoes. Above: Peter Collien, Germany. (Many thanks to reader David Williams for the heads up! So cool!)