An entrepreneur creates designer trainers for racehorses

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An entrepreneur shoe artist could be riding his way to a fortune after creating designer trainers for racehorses.

American Marcus Floyd, 39, has created Horse Kicks in collaboration with the Lexington, Kentucky, tourist agency, VisitLex, ahead of this weekend’s Breeder’s Cup horse race held on November 4th and 5th.

But far from being a PR stunt these trainers are genuinely hot to trot and will be sold for around £1,000 a pair, or £2,000 presuming you want trainers for all four legs.

As these pictures show the completed trainers make an eye-catching piece of hoof-wear for any fashion-conscious filly or stylish stallion.

Marcus, who runs his own custom trainer company Infinite Kustomz, said the idea behind the horse couture shoes came from thinking of the animals as athletes just like humans who take part in sport.

He told the Washington Post: “They thought it would be cool to basically build the horses up as athletes, because that’s what they are.

“There’s a huge market for shoes for these athletes, whether they’re running in them, jumping or just traveling to the show.

“I’m finally getting the love that I thought maybe would have come a long time ago for some of the other projects I’ve done.”

On the Horse Kicks website potential buyers can now contact Marcus directly to have the shoes made, which takes around 17 hours per set.

The website reads: “Contact Marcus to inquire about his one-of-a-kind custom sneaker services today.

“Horse Kicks are built on a pre-made protective boot designed for horses. While we view these pieces as works of art, Horse Kicks are 100% wearable.”

The horse sneakers commissioned by VisitLex will be auctioned at a “Sneaker Ball”, a fundraiser event for charities on November 12.

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