Websites for shoe companies like Nike, Keds, and Adidas have allowed customers to personalize their own shoes in recent times. Not so artistic? Never fear! Keds and Converse have been working directly with artists to make limited-edition custom footwear.
Earlier this year, Keds launched a collaborative effort with the Whitney Museum of Art and young artists. Most were recent MFA graduates, who were asked to make work for Keds inspired by Americana. Keds has also worked with established visual artists like Jenny Holzer (see below), Laura Owens and Sarah Crowner.
Then, in September of this year Tommy Hilfiger and the Keith Haring Foundation showcased a new collection of footwear.
The latest step in footwear innovation: Converse has teamed up with Marimekko. Marimekko Converse will be available next fall–a surefire way to put new pep in your step!