Limited Edition Kicks for a Good Cause


Limited edition, functional multiples from a mainstream commercial source– Nike. Exclusive sneaker releases aren’t a new thing but these are for a good cause. After all, it’s Thanksgiving so why not give them a mention on Printeresting? Every year, Nike teams up with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to help six adolescent patient/designers create unique sneakers to benefit to the Hospital.

Doernbecher Freestyle was created in 2004 when Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty invited one of Nike’s shoe designers to take a tour of the hospital. It was designer Marcus Tayui’s vision to see patients design shoes with the proceeds benefiting the hospital that in many cases has saved their lives.

In addition to the shoes themselves (which are available for purchase), this year for the Doernbecher Freestyle annual auction Krupky created these original wall pieces using the components of the sneakers. I like bright footwear as much as the next guy but I have to say these might look better on a wall than on your

(Via Merry)

See a few more pics and a few words after the jump.

You can see more pictures at Sole Collector. Here’s a quote about making the wall pieces…

with each piece, i had one pair of shoes to work with. that’s it. no mistakes. no second chances. nothing. while i didn’t use every single piece, i tried to use as much of the shoe as possible as well as maintaining the integrity of the individual shapes themselves. the only thing i cut was a little off the sole so that they could lay flat enough for them to be glued down.





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One Response to “Limited Edition Kicks for a Good Cause”

  1. christine says:

    kinda want the anna shoes.