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Artist Gives His Nephew a God of War-Inspired Makeover

A talented artist decorates a pair of shoes with a unique painting based on God of War, featuring Kratos and his son, Atreus.


An artist may have brightened his nephew’s day by painting to order God of War art in a pair of shoes. The stunning illustration would likely earn praise among fans even with a more standard medium, but given how unique it is, many envy the recipient of this. God of War Art.


God of War: Ragnarok released in 2022 to critical and fan acclaim, serving as a worthy successor to 2018’s God of War franchise reboot. The excitement surrounding the series has only grown ever since, with a God of War TV adaptation and the promise of future games that look towards new areas and pantheons in the future.

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Now a talented artist has illustrated the iconic Kratos and his son, Atreus, on a pair of Vans shoes. Artist oXFallenAngelXo shared photos of his creation at the God of War subreddit, where they quickly racked up praise from viewers in the comments. One shoe features Kratos, while the other focuses on his son. The layout and shading are excellent, and the color pops strongly despite the unusual canvas it was painted on.

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In the comments, other fans expressed how impressed they are with oXFallenAngelXo’s creation and joked about wishing they were his nephew so they could get God of War own shoes. oXFallenAngelXo previously shared other pairs of Vans with added artwork, featuring characters from Spiderman and lively my hero academia. oXFallenAngelXo notes that it took them 10-15 hours to complete the God of War design. Some expressed concern about the design being washed off or damaged due to the unique gaming shoes being worn, suggesting that they wouldn’t actually wear them to protect the design. However, the artist noted that they use an acrylic finish on the art to help protect it.

Fan artists use almost every medium these days to express their love for their favorite games. Creating shoe art is just one example, as other fans of various games have made things like stained glass, laser art, or 3D printing of their favorite Pokémon. Remarkable games end up inspiring artists, who in turn create great art for other fans—and sometimes even the game developers themselves—to marvel at. One fan suggested that Cory Barlog, who has been an important part of the series’ development since its inception on PlayStation 2, needed to see the God of War Shoes.

God of War: Ragnarok is now available for PS4 and PS5.

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