أَنَّ أَبَا حَنِيفَةَ قَالَ : لَوْ أَنَّ رَجُلًا عَبَدَ هَذِهِ النَّعْلَ يَتَقَرَّبُ بِهَا إِلَى اللَّهِ لَمْ أَرَ بِذَلِكَ بَأْسًا.
It is narrated that Abu Hanifah said: “If a man worshiped this shoe seeking nearness to Allah by it, then I see no problem with that.” And we seek refuge in Allah from such an obvious Shirk and Kufr, as pointed out by Sa'eed (one of the narrators).
the editor(s) have described the narration as Isnaduhu Sahih (it has an authentic chain
Source: Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 15 p. 509