If I had a choice, I’d have more jeans, tees and sneakers days. Having spent growing up years in Trets, Dragonflies, Chucks, and Keds, there should actually really be more time in comfortable, dressed-down attire now that I’m a mom who always needs to be active on her feet. After all, even as a mompreneur, there are ways to stay chic in casual clothing and that would still make me presentable for meetings and presentations, right?
When it comes to sneakers, you’ll probably agree, there’s always room for another pair, especially ones that are not only comfy but also make a statement. One such brand is Bucketfeet.
My feet got a treat when I fit my very first Bucketfeet pair last year. I visited the Coalition store in Eastwood and I got high seeing such a visual fest of art on shoes. I felt like I was in a street art festival of sorts, but the art came in the form of footwear. There’s a Bucketfeet pair for different tastes and styles…
but also on the inside where the trademark Bucketfeet insole is found. Bucketfeet shoes are designed to be comfy enough not to be taken off.
The Bucketfeet insole is a fabric covered molded polyurathane slip that is said to have “massaging air bubbles that cushion each step for maximum walking/dancing/turbo-kicking comfort.”
Socks are optional although I like wearing mine with liners for obvious sanitary reasons even if the material boasts of anti-microbial and anti-mildew properties. Besides style and comfort, the story behind the brand is what gets me most. Bucketfeet started in 2011 when traveler Raaja Nemani met artist Aaron Firestein during a trip through Argentina. Aaron was doing work helping out street artists and happen to gift Raaja with a handpainted pair of sneakers which sparked the idea of the Bucketfeet community.
The company now has a network of more than 20,000 artists in 100 countries who get a share in the profits of every pair sold. You can see them popping up on sites like bankholidaysales.co.uk, they are truly gaining popularity among the youngsters. The model reminds me of t-shirt community, Threadless, and these are efforts that I would definitely support because I believe in art, I believe in supporting artists and creatives, and the value of an idea, time, and effort put into a piece of art. Through Bucketfeet, the stories of artists are told, just like this pair “The Dro”, designed by Laura Dro from Jacksonville, Florida…
or this pair I fell in love with this “Pineappleades” and brought home with me is designed by an artist named DJ Lu all the way from Bogota, Colombia.
Bucketfeet Philippines has also launched the first pair designed by a Filipino artist. Check out this pair called “Singularity” by artist Martin Honasan.
Yes I do love crisp white sneakers that’s on trend today but it’s a whole new experience to wear art on your feet, or better yet, to wear SOMEONE’S art on your feet.
There’s something transformative about knowing that there’s a name, a face, a pair of hands, a heart and a mind behind that design that caught your eye, that moved you, and made you put that piece on. Now that’s something to be thankful for, besides being grateful for those dressed-dressed down, jeans, tee and Bucketfeet days.
Bucketfeet is available in Glorietta 2, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Uptown Place Mall, and U.P. Town Center.