As she sliced through the cake to celebrate her 22nd birthday, the glint in Swapna Barman’s eyes was glaring enough. Much of her struggles are over after her historic gold at this year’s Asian Games, but Swapna knows that she can’t let her guard down and the journey has just begun.For the pain she has endured all these years, forcing her six-toed feet in shoes that accommodate feet of any ordinary human with five fingers, it was all about to end. After all, she is no ordinary human and that was what, like many, global sportswear giant Adidas also realised.Adidas invited Swapna to travel all the way to their headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and a team of specialized doctors and technical staff, after a series of tests and mapping of her feet, figured out exactly what the Indian heptathlete required.While Swapna wasn’t the first athlete to get a made-to-order pair of shoes, she definitely was the first to throw a challenge of this nature to the Adidas technicians, considering they had never came across someone with six toes on each of their feet.The Asian Games gold medallist was accompanied by her coach Subhash Sarkar, who was diligently following the tests and the results to ensure that his most famous pupil gets a perfect product as she looks to achieve higher goals.”With six toes in those normal shoes my feet are always in pain. I have somehow endured that pain all my life but it seems, this is going to end soon now,” Swapna told India Today after she was done with those tests.advertisement Doctors at the Adidas headquarters had never come across someone with six toes on each of their feet (India Today Sports)For someone whose discipline includes seven different events, it was a tough and lengthy task to design a shoe with specific requirements for every event. By evening, her sprint shoes were ready and it was only a matter of time before Swapna jumped with enthusiasm to get hold of them.She got herself in those shoes and in the state-of-the-art laboratory, which also has a running track, tested them for the first time. “It looks much better than what I have been wearing all these years and I hope to quickly get back to my training once I am back in India,” says Swapna, who stuck to her word as she began her training the day she landed in Kolkata Friday morning.It was an experience Swapna expects to remember for the rest of her life, as she joins the league of some of the biggest names from the world of sports. “A few weeks earlier Messi was here and many sports stars across sports frequently visit this place. “Sport is a very competitive field today and no one wants to compromise on any aspect, however small it may be,” said Fredric as he took Swapna on a tour of the massive campus in this quiet town, which houses the headquarters of two of the biggest sportswear giants.As part of the contract signed, Adidas will provide Swapna with full training and performance support following the athlete’s detailed footwear assessment and analysis at the headquarters in Herzogenaurach.For someone coming from a poor background in the small town of Jalpaiguri, Swapna’s story has been a special one. While her struggles have forced the world to stand up and take note, she is not done yet and vows to conquer the world with those 12 toes. After all, she is special and has rare feet.