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It's All About The Shoes

May 2, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

It's All About The Shoes
PARKER, SD -

It's all about the shoes, especially in the small town of Parker. High school students have spent hours designing and decorating several pairs of shoes for an art project and now they have a chance of walking into a windfall.

These may be some of the most bizarre pairs of shoes you'll ever see. They were designed and hand-painted by Parker High School students to try and win an online contest sponsored by Vans Shoes.

"We tried to come up with the designs first and kind of sketched out on paper and even photo shopped and kind of came up with a theme," art teacher Dave Fuller said.

To enter the Vans contest, all schools had to paint four themes on plain white shoes; they are action sports, music, art and local flavor. 

For local flavor, Parker students designed and painted a pheasant, Mount Rushmore and a buffalo, all of which are very detailed.

"I like the buffalo, because I did the buffalo," freshman Liz Buckridge said.

Each student has their favorite.

"Probably the high tops, the music one, because they are the brightest," freshman Makenzie Dean said.

But Makenzie Dean worked on the steam punk designed shoes.

"None of those things are actually put together until we glued them all on to each other," Dean said.

There were 2,000 schools at the beginning of the competition, now the Parker students have made it to the semifinals and could win $50,000 and a trip to New York City.

"Our shoes match up as good or better than any of the ones in our region, we've got nine schools we've got to beat out in the Northwest Region, but the only way you're going to beat them out is people get online and vote," Fuller said.

Parker is the only school from South Dakota to make the semifinals. They'd like you to go online and vote for their shoes. Voting ends May 12.

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