STARK COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – A man from Stark County is dressing, sanding and grooming one of the biggest clients of his short, but budding, NFL defensive lineman Myles Garrett.
Jory Oakleaf caught the athlete’s attention while working as a freelance photographer at a P League basketball game in Cleveland.
“Myles Garrett’s brother was there so I started talking to him and he loved my job so he gave me a try and I made each of them a pair of shoes and they loved it and that’s how I ended up here. said Oak Leaf.
Oakleaf, 19, worked out of his home art studio in Beach City, Ohio, to create the airbrushed design of Garrett’s custom studs. These are expected to be worn during a Browns preseason game in the coming weeks.
Jory’s artistic talents are a family affair.
“It’s coming from my mother’s side. She actually runs her own business and she designs most of the labels and everything in there, ”he said.
FOX 8 first introduced Oakleaf to you two years ago when his company, J’s Custom Kicks, was just starting up. They used to renovate old shoes.
Now the 2020 Fairless High School graduate is skipping college to focus on his brand.
Garrett won’t be the first to wear Jory’s custom shoes. His work was featured nationally on Thanksgiving in 2019 when Detroit Lions cornerback Dee Virgin wore his custom camouflage cleats on live television.
“It’s kind of more and more constant,” Oakleaf said.
As for Garrett’s stud design, he says the soccer star wanted him to stick to a theme related to his nickname, “Flash.”
“Eventually, I will become an official business and I hope to make it my career,” Oakleaf said.
He hopes to drop off Garret’s custom studs in person by the end of the week.
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