The University of Oregon has birthed some great sneaker minds over the years. During his time on campus, Aaron Firestein started drawing on canvas sneakers. With fellow students quickly becoming fans, it turned into a nice little side hustle and Firestein started selling shoes. Later, Firestein met Raaja Nemani and they devised a plan to make a sneaker that was both artistic and extremely comfortable — Bucketfeet was born. The main objective was to collaborate with artists and give them an opportunity to show their work in a new way. Each artist is paid royalties for every shoe that is purchased and the owners of Bucketfeet make a point to give back to the community with other profits. You can check out the sneakers at Bucketfeet’s website — for men and women, most kicks run from $55-$65.
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