BucketFeet's custom shoes and the artists behind them
Some people are really in to shoes. Imelda Marcos was weirdly, psychotically in to shoes. Suri Cruise has a collection purportedly worth $150,000 (she's six).
The founders at BucketFeet are also in to shoes -- with a different angle. They source unique designs from artists and put them on comfortable, reasonably priced shoes (think Vans, but more you).
Founders Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani met volunteering in a slum outside Buenos Aires. Firestein had been drawing on his shoes since college (to great fanfare on Facebook) and gave Nemani a pair of his own before he set out to travel around the world. Nemani -- who had left a career in finance -- got compliments as he traveled, the two kept in touch, and eventually agreed to turn it into a business focused on original designs and offering artists a platform for exposure.
And artists have leapt at the opportunity. Brazilian artist Ment recently designed a pair called Vidaboa that flew off the shelves so quickly, the BucketFeet team didn't have time to set aside a pair for Ment himself (they're rectifying that soon, with Ment designing another shoe where'll get first dibs).
Now go forth (and lace up).
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