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Jaffrey-Rindge students design shoes for contest

  • Rindge senior Makayla Burgoyne created a custom BMX-inspired shoe in honor of her brothers, who both ride BMX bikes.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Rindge senior Cassidy Cook spent about 15 hours on her Phantom of the Opera-inspired shoes.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Four students from Conant High School recently designed custom Vans shoes for a national contest that could win the school's art program $50,000.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Four students from Conant High School recently designed custom Vans shoes for a national contest that could win the school's art program $50,000. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Rindge freshman Jillian Patria used a vanity plate design on her custom Vans shoes to show something unique about New Hampshire.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Jaffrey junior Tiffany Trammell was inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” when creating her custom Vans.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:1AM

Four Conant High School students were recently given the opportunity to design custom Vans shoes for a chance to win their school’s art program $50,000. 

The students’ entries were part of the 2017 Vans Custom Culture competition, which tasks high schools nationwide to create customized Vans shoes – which are provided by Vans in the form of four pairs of white Vans – in four different categories: action sports, arts, music, and local flavor. 

“That would mean a lot of new paint brushes,” said senior Cassidy Cook, one of the four students who recently completed a pair of shoes. “If we win, there better be a picture of me on the wall.”

Each student guesses that anywhere from 15 to 20 hours went into painting and/or drawing on the shoes, time that does not include conceptualizing the idea. Senior Makayla Burgoyne said all Conant students in art classes had to design a couple pairs of shoes on a piece of paper, with the four best designs making their way from paper to canvas.

Burgoyne, who submitted shoes in the action sports category, was inspired by her brothers, who both ride BMX bikes.

“It was a no-brainer,” said Burgoyne, of her decision to feature a BMX bike on the front of each shoe. 

Cook said she was worried at first that her Phantom of the Opera-inspired shoes weren’t going to turn out right, but is satisfied with the final product. 

“Mine looked muddy until the end,” said Cook. “The shoes are heavy and stiff because I had to double coat the shoes with paint. There are still some smudges that I notice, but they are pretty chill.”

Junior Tiffany Trammell said the biggest challenge for her came in deciding what to put on each shoe. Trammell’s shoes for the art category feature Edvard Munch’s popular painting “The Scream.”

“The curves of the shoe presented a challenge,” said Trammell. “It took me a while to think about what I was doing because I was working with an original painting.”

Freshman Jillian Patria said she took inspiration from vanity plates for her New Hampshire-infused custom culture shoe design. 

“I enjoyed putting my ideas onto the shoe, but it did end up getting a little tedious,” said Patria. “I had a lot of entries [before I decided on the vanity plates designs] because I didn’t connect with a lot of the other topics.”

The completed shoes are currently on display in a case at the high school. The school will be notified on May 11 if they won. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.