We recently partnered up with Timberland and Celebrity High to host a “Design A Shoe” contest with students from Los Angeles high schools. We challenged 50 students from Centennial, Compton and Dominguez High Schools to create a work of art using the classic wheat Timberland boot as their canvas. With 30 days to put their creativity to the test, each student embraced the challenge to transform the shoe however they liked.
Once the design period came to a close, we brought all of the students to our Shiekh Community Center in Compton to size up the competition. Each student displayed their shoe, and it was clear that each of them came to win. The students also split off into teams to design a t-shirt, which resulted in the winning team taking home plenty of Timberland gear.
Shoutout to this team of students who won the t-shirt design contest!
Los Angeles street artist, Sand One, also came through to share with the students about how she got her start and to pursue their passions, whether in the arts or elsewhere. She also hooked up a pair of Timbs with her infamous painting style.
Of all the students who entered, these two ladies won the shoe contest, taking home $500 from Shiekh Shoes & Timberland along with an additional $500 to their school! The girls took their design inspiration from Tupac’s poem “The Rose that Grew in the Concrete.” Although the city of Compton on the surface seems to be a place full of nothing but poverty, violence and crime, the girls saw a greater hope and wanted to showcase the beauty of their city even in the midst of all of the adversity. They believed that despite the environment being a challenge to live in, there are plenty of people within the city who help the community and want to build it up to be a better place. We commend not only all of their hard work that they put into their design, but the heart behind it. Congrats ladies!