Style Your Sole 2014

Carrying on with the TOMS theme this week, I thought I would share the pair I created for our local Style Your Sole auction held a few days ago. Each year, plain canvas shoes are ordered in a random assortment of sizes for Cleveland artists to paint, stitch, dye or bedazzle in any fashion they see fit. The shoes are then auctioned off and all proceeds go to partnering charities.
Having moved downtown almost a year ago, naturally I was inspired by one of the local landmarks, my neighbors, The Guardians of Traffic. The Art Deco sandstone figures have stood guard on each side of the Hope-Memorial Bridge since 1932, welcoming travelers into the city of Cleveland.
Wilbur Watson, the bridge’s engineer, once wrote that the 43-foot figures were meant to “typify the spirit of progress in transportation.” Each guardian holds a different vehicle in his hand, representing the history of ground mobilization. I thought, what better way to honor the gods of transit progression than leaving their relic on our very first and most influential means of transportation…on foot.
Have a happy and safe weekend wherever your travels may take you. If interested, you can check out the pair I created for last year’s Style Your Sole event right here and be sure to comment on Tuesday’s post for your chance to win a TOMS leather travel journal! Winner will be announced Saturday.


  • May 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    These are so great! I just love the colors and the design, and the fact that it relates to your city. Would totally wear these! :)

    • May 7, 2014 at 11:44 am // Reply

      Thank you! I’m no Diana on the canvas but it was great to get down and work with paint and brushes again.

  • May 6, 2014 at 3:12 am // Reply

    How well made! I really like the story about the guardians on those shoes :)

    • May 7, 2014 at 11:46 am // Reply

      Appreciate it Ellie! Most people wouldn’t know what they were unless they’ve lived or been to Cleveland so I thought it would be a nice little story to share. I love what they stand for.

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