Cool kicks for a good cause

Cool kicks for a good cause

A group of top local artists - including names like Otis Frizzell, Billy Apple and Component - have put their unique designs on plain white Nike sneakers for a good cause.

The one-of-a-kind shoes will be auctioned off on 29 August at Japanese bar Fukuko in Auckland and all the money will go staight to the hands of the Raukatuari Music Therapy Centre (RMTC), a charity that helps build bridges of communications with special needs children.

"The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre is an amazing charity and I wanted to do my part to help out.  Projects like this need to happen more often in New Zealand and it’s great that One Percent Collective have set this up," says Component. 

His geometric design is inspired by the shapes of triangles and reflects some of his most recent design research. "I have been looking at how you can use triangles to make other shapes and feelings within a painting or on a wall. I also worked with separating faded colouring with solid lines which can be a bit of a task," he explains. 

Painting the sneakers didn't come without its challenges. Component, who is also currently working with a local youth group at the Onehunga YMCA, says he did "a bunch of research about how to paint shoes". "I found that paint doesn’t like to stick to some areas like the rubber base of the shoe – so that limited where I could put my design. I’m also a bit of a sneaker freak so I wanted to design / paint a shoe that I would actually wear." 

The sneakers are part of a RMTC art project titled Safe in Sound. Art lovers, sneaker freaks and overall nice people who love helping out should head to Fukuko in Britomart tomorrow night and score themselves a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes, along with the sense of satisfaction that comes from helping those in need.