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David Millar's custom fi'z:k shoe project

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The Flanders design features the cobbled bergs of the region

The Flanders design features the cobbled bergs of the region (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Another pair of one-off shoes for David Millar (Garmin Sharp)

Another pair of one-off shoes for David Millar (Garmin Sharp) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Race of the Two Seas - Tirreno-Adriatico in Millar's shoes

The Race of the Two Seas - Tirreno-Adriatico in Millar's shoes (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Millar's Kuurn-Brussels-Kuurne shoes pay homage to the snow that cancelled last year's race

Millar's Kuurn-Brussels-Kuurne shoes pay homage to the snow that cancelled last year's race (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Millar before heading out for a ride after visiting fi'zi:k to see his shoes being made

Millar before heading out for a ride after visiting fi'zi:k to see his shoes being made (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Cobbles and a newspaper make their way into the design on the het Nieuwsblad shoes

Cobbles and a newspaper make their way into the design on the het Nieuwsblad shoes (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Millar's shoes for the Challenge Mallorca were inspired by the artwork of Mirò

Millar's shoes for the Challenge Mallorca were inspired by the artwork of Mirò (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Millar examining the fi'zi:k handiwork

Millar examining the fi'zi:k handiwork (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Millar screwing his cleats in before going for a ride. We guess he's going to be doing a lot of that in 2014

Millar screwing his cleats in before going for a ride. We guess he's going to be doing a lot of that in 2014 (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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An array of the finished articles before him: shoes for Tirreno-Adriatico, Scheldreprijs, Milan-Sanremo and Flanders

An array of the finished articles before him: shoes for Tirreno-Adriatico, Scheldreprijs, Milan-Sanremo and Flanders (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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...before having a go himself

...before having a go himself (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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Trilby-wearing Millar watches the pros in action...

Trilby-wearing Millar watches the pros in action... (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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The factory visit appeared as much an event for Millar as it was for fi'zi:k. Plus it made for good social media fodder

The factory visit appeared as much an event for Millar as it was for fi'zi:k. Plus it made for good social media fodder (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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The Flanders design features the cobbled bergs of the region

The Flanders design features the cobbled bergs of the region (Image credit: fi'zi:k)
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David Millar has a new pair of shoes for every race this year in his final season

David Millar has a new pair of shoes for every race this year in his final season (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David Millar (Garmin Sharp) is wearing a new pair of shoes for every race he enters in 2014

David Millar (Garmin Sharp) is wearing a new pair of shoes for every race he enters in 2014 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David Millar's custom shoes for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

David Millar's custom shoes for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. (Image credit: Barry Ryan)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

At the end of 2014, David Millar will lower the curtain on an extra ordinary career. One that's seen him hit huge heights such as stage wins in all three grand tours and becoming national road race champion in 2007. The middle of his career saw his personal nadir too: a bust and a ban for EPO use. Since his return in 2006 – and a competitively successful one too – Millar's has become, arguably, the peloton's voice on doping and the fight against it. 

Throughout it all, Millar carried a reputation as an aesthetic, cultured pro; a rider with a strong sense of cycling's rich history, its characters and the landscapes that are its natural setting.

As part of his swansong season, the Garmin-Sharp rider has been working with Italian handlebar, saddle and shoe specialist fi'zi:k on a charity project: for each major race this year, Millar rides in a pair of custom designed shoes that celebrate the iconography of that event. At the end of each event the shoes are auctioned off and proceeds go to the humanitarian organisation Small Steps Project.

So far, Millar has worn shoes to celebrate Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Tirreno-Adriatico Milan-Sanremo, and the Labyrinth shoes for Dwar Doors Vlaanderen. After releasing the intricate labyrinth shoes, Millar tweeted: "For the techies out there, the labyrinth is laser-etched. Yeah, that's right, @fizikofficial used a LASER. Jedi-sh*t."

Cobbles and a newspaper make their way into the design on the het Nieuwsblad shoes

Our particular favourite are last Sunday's pair that celebrate the cobbled Belgian climbs of the Tour of Flanders. It was a design informed by Andreas Klier, a former teammate who knows the roads and climbs like the proverbial back of his hand. The shoes are currently on auction for around £600 (US$990), with 10 days left to go.

Earlier this year, Millar visited the fi'zi:k factory in Vicenza to watch some of his shoes being put together – and had a go at sewing the uppers. We were sent an exclusive gallery of photos of the appointment.

Millar watches the pros in action as they make his shoes

Check out the gallery above.