ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
Christmas Eve was only a few days away, but Kyle Rudolph still had something on his shopping list. He wanted to splurge on something real nice for himself.
So he texted Dan Gamache, who was sitting at a bar in Connecticut when his mobile phone started buzzing. It was late notice, but the big Vikings tight end was hoping to get a pair of holiday-themed cleats featuring, of course, his red-nosed namesake.
“I asked him if he wanted to do something for Christmas,” Rudolph said this spring. “And [Gamache] said, ‘I was hoping you were going to reach out to me.’"
Three days later, and just in time for the Vikings to make the trip to Green Bay to play the Packers on Christmas Eve, an overnight shipment arrived at Winter Park.
Rudolph, not knowing exactly what Gamache was going to deliver to him, tore open the box to find a pair of white cleats with the iconic cartoon version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer carefully hand-painted on the outside of each Nike cleat.
“It was cool,” said Rudolph, one of several Vikings players who laced up cleats from Gamache in 2016. “I was incredibly happy with the pair that I got from him.”
Many professional athletes and celebrities know that feeling, as do lesser-known sneaker enthusiasts who flock to Gamache for his creative custom shoe designs, whether they are painted on football cleats, basketball sneakers or casual kicks.
Gamache, a New York native who happens to be a Vikings fan, became an overnight sensation a few years back thanks to the social-media boom and a shout-out from the most famous basketball player on the planet. His breakthrough was preceded by a short-lived athletic career, art school and a string of unsatisfying sales jobs.
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