Cruisin’ Connecticut – Corey Pane: The Artist Behind Flashy NFL Cleats

By: Ryan Kristafer, WTNH Reporter

CANTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to Canton, where we stopped by local artist, Corey Pane’s art studio.

You might have noticed some of your favorite NFL players wearing flashy cleats in the recent, “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. NFL players were allowed to strut custom kicks for a cause close to their heart.

The NFL has been tough on players who wear non-regulatory NFL cleats. Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver, Antonio Brown is known for his thrilling catches, and his electrifying cleats. The non-regulatory kicks have earned him weekly fines of up to $9,000 from the NFL.

Brown met Corey Payne seven years ago after he commissioned the artist to craft a painting of him and his son:

Antonio and I became friends, and we kept working on ideas, and this year we decided to try the cleats. It just blew up into something we never expected.

We’ve always tried to keep it positive like doing motivational things and inspirational stuff to people so even if it’s a little controversial, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.

On average, it only takes Pane about a day or so to finish a cleat design.

I gotta paint them and then make sure they get there by Sunday so I only have kinda a day or two in between.

Pane walked me through his creative process as we painted our very own NEWS 8 sneakers:

It’s acrylic paint I use, so kinda the same paint I would use on a canvas or anything else and spray paint I do, I like spray paint the base coat of it.

Music is definitely a big part of my life, I’ll be painting and kinda take a break and just jam some music, that’s part of my process.

It’s cool to do the cleats but I definitely don’t want to be only like the cleat guy.

Check out Corey’s work here, and support local artists! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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