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Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte’s wacky patriotic sneakers get him noticed in London

Ryan Lochte’s sneakers
Ryan Lochte’s sneakers
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Ryan Lochte might be Michael Phelps’ biggest competitor but for now everyone in London are looking at his awesome shoes. The Olympic athlete showed up at the Aquatics Centre with a pair of sneakers to die for on Wednesday. The 2012 Olympics might be all about the water for Ryan Lochte, but the fans were intense on the shoes.

Ryan Lochte wore a pair of adidas-designed trainers but it was the wings that made everyone melt with jealousy. The wings surged out of the back of the shoe and could be seen across the pool. The right shoe was a blue wing with white stars and the left shoe was red with stripes. The base of the shoes were solid white so the wings were bold colors. Patriotic and cool, the shoes were perfect for the star who has been overshadowed on the Team USA and he got plenty of attention for the sneakers when he walked into the pool area.

Getting ready for the Olympic Games, Ryan is going to need more than a cool pair of shoes to win. While the real competition comes in the water with a showdown between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, it’s nice to see the focus outside of the water being a bit light and showcasing some fashion outside of the swimming caps that Team USA members have been griping over.