I have seen many, many painted vans-esque shoes, and I have to say that those are probably my favourite! I feel like the obvious thing would have been to paint him flying across the shoes, but I love that you made him appear to be wrap around under the shoes as if you're perched ontop of him : )
I once had something similar happen when I first started using really big needles. The scarf was so big it was practically unwearable so now it acts as a runner along one of those really big IKEA cube shelves haha
I'm not sure if it's just the way my screen is showing it, but I love that it's a sort of muted rainbow. Really pretty.