Growing up I loved being barefoot. The moment I got home from school I would kick off my shoes. I was always playing outside in bare feet too. Maybe that is why I am not much of a shoe person as an adult.
I have a few pairs of shoes but I usually only wear sneakers. I am more comfortable in sneakers than I am in dress shoes. I keep a couple of pairs of dress shoes for special occasions.
My teenage daughter loves shoes. She’s crazy about shoes, bags, jewelry, clothing and makeup. She’s a typical teen girl.
My daughter likes to wear sneakers just like me, but she’s more picky about the ones she’ll wear. One of her favorite brands is Vans. She has a three pairs of Vans sneakers.
Have you ever heard of Vans Custom Culture? I was not aware of this competition until recently.
Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
This brief video gives you a little more information about the competition too.
Both of my kids are in high school. I am always amazed by just how talented the students are. Even in middle school and elementary school there have been some students who excelled at art.
I was good at art when I was in high school (it was my best subject). Sadly I think I lost a lot of my creativeness as I got older. These days I find that I doodle more than draw. I guess it’s because I don’t have the time like I did when I was in high school. As an adult I always feel rushed all the time too. When I was younger I took my time to do things.
Vans Custom Culture is a high school competition. Over 2,500 schools are competing for the opportunity to win $50,000 for their school’s art programs. I think this is wonderful. I fully support the arts.
My daughter was in an advanced art class at school and did very well. Sadly the program was cut due to lack of funding. I think that is one of the worse things the school district could have done. I’m sure there were other ways to cut corners. They didn’t have to cut out such an important program.
Art inspires people. It’s also a way for students to showcase their talents. Seeing their artwork in local studios and featured around the school is a great way to boost someone’s self esteem and confidence. Art is also a way for people to express themselves and let their inner self shine. Not having these programs is a travesty.
Vans sent the participating school blank (plain white) Vans shoes. For this competition the school’s need to decorate the Vans shoes any way they see fit. When they finished they submitted their designs to Vans for judging. The top 50 entries will be voted on by the public, starting TODAY. Winners from the public round of voting will then be judged internally by Vans. Students representing the top 5 designs will be flown to New York City for the final round of judging. The winning design will win $50,000 for their school’s art programs.
Vans sent me a pair of shoes and some art supplies (markers, paints…) to decorate my own pair of Vans. Needless to say I’m not talented, but I tried.
FYI… Don’t ask kids to help you decorate shoes with markers because they will think it’s OK to decorate their own sneakers that way. LOL!
I had some help decorating the sneakers (from 7 years old to teens).
Even though I won’t be winning any prizes for my shoes, it was still fun to do.
If you would like to learn more about the Vans Custom Culture competition, or to vote for your favorite entry, visit – Vans.com/CustomCulture. In addition, check out the hashtags #VansCustomCulture #ArtEducations on social media.
What do you think about this competition? Do you feel that not enough is being done to encourage children to participate in the arts (art, music, theater…)? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*I was not compensated for this post. I received a pair of shoes and art supplies free to do my design. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.