Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Contest: Vote for Central High students

When Central High School art teacher Cheryl Burchett told her students they could enter the Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest, she got instant approval.

“We were selected and we’re one of only 250 schools across the country,” Burchett said.

“They immediately said that was great and started drawing their ideas.”

Cheryl Burchett, an art teacher at Central High School, guided her students to enter the Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest.  Fountain City, April 13, 2022.

The contest gives students empty Vans shoes to use as a canvas. One couple must represent Hometown Pride. The second shows the legacy of the founder of the Van’s Shoe Company, who died that year.

The students worked during lunch and after school. “Even those who didn’t[work on the shoes]came up with ideas early on,” Burchett said. “They later gave their critique of how the shoes should look when they’re done.”

The Smoky Mountains and Knoxville Style Vans Custom Shoe Designs at Knoxville Central High School, April 13, 2022.

Photos of the final shoes were submitted to Vans on April 15th. Vans will select its top 50 and announce it on April 25, Burchett said. “There is a very short window of two weeks to get votes from the public to decide who will receive the $50,000 prize.” The remaining top five will also receive cash prizes.

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