We love these cool sneakers designed by global street artists
When you wear a pair of BucketFeet, you're not just wearing a pair of shoes—you're wearing a piece of art. That's according to creators Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani, the masterminds behind this Chicago-based "shoe lab," that has commissioned more than 100 artists from across 30 countries to design limited-edition sneakers—dubbed BucketFeet.
By paying global artists—many of whom are unknown street artists—an initial fee for their shoe design, plus a commission from each $68 shoe sale, BucketFeet is able to support art across the world. Each shoebox comes with a card describing the artist's inspiration, where they're from, a picture of their artwork, and contact details. "Without the support I get from art, the balance, I'd be another lost number, [taking] drugs, who knows?" said Leandro Tick, the Brazilian favela artist, who designed BucketFeet's 'Bosque' shoes.
It's also a way for artists to express themselves and connect with worldwide audiences. "If I speak or write Japanese, you might not understand me," said graffiti artist Suiko, from Hiroshima, Japan. Suiko designed BucketFeet's 'Earth' sneaker, which uses a reinterpretation of traditional Chinese characters and Japanese calligraphy and woodblock prints. "Art, it's visual language."
Similarly, artist Jayson Atienza of New Jersey, used his eponymous shoe as a canvas to express his colorful upbringing in Jersey City: "You're immersed in hip-hop, and graffiti, and break dancing," said the artist.