Bucketfeet wants you to stand out this Spring in heat inspired bold prints and dark solids. Co-owners of the Chicago-based shoe company met through a chance encounter in Argentina. Shoe designer, Aaron Firestein designed a pair of shoes for Raaja Nemani after they became friends on the trip. When people couldn’t get enough of Nemani’s kicks he saw an opportunity for a popular business and he was right. Now available in high-end department stores like Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor, Bucketfeet’s recent venture funding endeavour landed them $7.5 million dollars.
Bucketfeet’s website features street-wear-worthy shoe designs submitted from over 12,000 artists in their roster who span 100 countries. The artistic pieces are fitted onto a shoe whether lace up, or slip on, high-top or low top. It’s pretty cool that they promote their artists through Q&As with the creators, linking to their social media when advertising and lists artists names next to their shoes on the Bucketfeet site. The diversity of creators ensures that each shoe will be unique—fitting since they want wearers to get noticed this season.
The Spring Summer 2015 collection is an array of eclectic summer prints. Varying from flamingoes to purple pineapples there is no set focus for the curated designs. However there are several standout pieces among the bunch starting with the sky blue & white Milkey Daimonds by Tava from Montreal. Another pair of interesting slip-ons were the SavuSavu‘s by Jack Muldowney with their nautical hint from the rope-like laces and a pattern of tropical greenery. The Motenum Canvas Slip on by Firestein himself displays an abstract geometric print which contrasts against Lindsay Cowcher’s design from London, England of angled Flamingoes. Ending on a solid the Basic Leather Brown design by artist Takashi Yoshii is of smooth soft leather with an accent of two red shoelace eyelets.
Check out the collection below.