Athletic shoes or “sneakers” have become a fixture in fashion and popular culture, becoming increasingly valuable to their owners or collectors. Shoe Shine showcases the sneaker as an artist’s canvas unlike any other and allows us to marvel in the poss...ibilities for self-expression through footwear.
With this event, we provide young people, who often view sneakers as symbols of status or wealth, a channel to view them as art and as a medium to express their individual artistic abilities.
The shoes in the event are displayed gallery style, and a prize is given to the winner from each of the five categories that include; Best Men's, Best Women's, best Customized, Oldest & Cleanest, and Best in Show. Winners are determined by a combination of audience ballots and a small panel of celebrity/ expert judges.
Other elements of the event include: 1.) A “Customize Your
Own Sneaker” contest where children are invited to color-in a sneaker “silhouette” and receive a prize; 2.) The "Use the Backboard" exhibition where some of the nations top artists transform basketball hoops into amazing works of art; 3.) Custom painted sneakers commissioned by some of Denver’s top artists; 4.)“Live” shoe painting and customization; 5.) A skate competition and demo by local and national riders, prizes, games and giveaways for all ages.
Additionally at this year’s Shoe Shine, we will be working with Denver non-profit, The Prodigal Son Initiative, collecting gently used shoes for the “Souls for Soleil” drive which is an effort to provide footwear for Grace Village, an orphanage in Carrfour, Haiti.
ALL AGES WELCOME! $10 Adults $5 under 18