Hey, Sneakerheads!

Celebrate the art and style of athletic shoes.

Sneakers have been a big part of hip-hop fashion for decades. They are functional and stylish. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to create their own colorful dream-shoe design and enter to win a prize. The top finalist submissions will be judged by players from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who will select the first place winner! 

Entry deadline: February 28, 2023. Turn in your submission at any branch of the Allen County Public Library.

Reflect & Design:

Will your shoe design use one, two, or many colors?

Will your shoe look retro, modern, or futuristic?

If you had your own shoe line, what would your logo look like? Where will you feature it on your shoe?

Some artists create custom art work on shoes for collectors. Give it a try!


Did you know?

Run-DMC were the first rappers to sign a major endorsement deal, with athletic company Adidas, in 1986. One of their hit singles was “My Adidas.”

Chuck Taylor—for whom Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (aka “Chucks”) are named—was born in Indiana in 1901 and began working for Converse way back in 1921. Chucks remain popular in hip-hop, skater, and punk fashion.

Nike debuted the Air Force 1 shoe in 1982. Air Force 1s were the subject of a 2002 hit song by Nelly. In 1984, Nike created exclusive Air Jordan shoes for basketball legend Michael Jordan with the retail version released in 1985.