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It's a really big shoe!

Look! It's a really big shoe -- a Jaguar shoe! If basketball is your thing, then head for downtown Indianapolis to see a parade of traffic-stopping, big basketball shoes. Really big basketball shoes. This display of public art celebrates Tourney Town, USA -- commonly known to Hoosiers as Indianapolis -- as host of several basketball championships during the months of March and April -- the boys' and girls' high school championships, the men's and women's Big Ten Conference championships and the biggest "shew" of all -- the men's NCAA Final Four.

Photo by: Nicole Roales

IUPUI Jaguar shoe

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The display features fiberglass basketball shoes mounted on a platform that measures 7 by 3 feet, with the actual shoe standing at 4 feet tall. Each shoe has a sponsor -- thus the Jaguar shoe, sponsored by IUPUI in honor of its big cat mascot. It also can be seen on IUPUI's events page at The IUPUI shoe can been seen "up close and personal" at the corner of Meridian and Pearl Streets.

Photo by: Nicoel Roales

IU Bloomington junior Kyle Caird, right, talks about his plans for the shoe he designed, called "Big Footsteps to Follow."

IU Bloomington also has a shoe called "Big Footsteps to Follow." It was designed by Kyle Caird, a junior from Elkhart, who is majoring in fine arts and minoring in art history, in a university-wide contest. The shoe's larger-than-life size, and Assembly Hall's smaller-than-life size, illustrate how fans think of their beloved players and court. The shoe also incorporates a state map to remind viewers that IU campuses are all over the state. This shoe can be seen in person just ouside Circle Center Mall. For a look at "Big Footsteps to Follow," go to