Artistic Idaho High Schoolers In the Running for Top Vans Shoes Prize

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Baked potato and ear of corn, extra rubber.
  • Vans Inc.
  • Baked potato and ear of corn, extra rubber.


Vans' shoes are a fashion necessity among the younger crowd. But despite offering the kicks in every color of the rainbow, Vans can lack that personal touch necessary in eye-popping footwear.

That's why a group of artistic students at Mountain View High School in Meridian took on the company's Custom Culture challenge, crafting four pairs of unique kicks.

Of particular note are a pair resembling a hearty meal. One shoe is a buttered ear of corn, with the yellow tongue of the shoe offset by leafy green fabric. The other shoe sports shiny metallic foil on the sole, which cradles brown, white and yellow fabric resembling a freshly baked potato with all the trimmings.

Sneaker Shpeakers, by Mountain View High School students.
  • Vans, Inc.
  • Sneaker Shpeakers, by Mountain View High School students.

Now Vans is letting the public decide which shoes will reign supreme. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, to determine the top school in each of the five regions. Those winners will then be flown to Los Angeles for a chance to take home $50,000 for the school's art program.

Currently the Mountain View submissions hold the No. 2 spot in the Northwest region. If you think their kicks should take the top prize, head over to Vans.com and vote.

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