In a unique fundraising effort, Zac Vine, a teacher at Journey middle school, has donated a pair of special sneakers to the school so it can be auctioned off to raise money for a special European trip planned for students.
It’s not the first pair of customized sneakers Vine has produced. His company, Zeevy Customs, has produced custom sneakers for athletes and entertainers around the world.
“Right now lead singer of Soul Tower is on tour wearing my shoes and last year Def Leppard came and bought shoes for the whole band to wear on tour,” said Vine.
“I’ve also done shoes for Marcin Gortat, centre for the LA Clippers, and a bunch of other celebrities and athletes.”
It all started years ago when Vine was working with at-risk youth and landed on the idea of decorating sneakers as a way to occupy the youth and keep them out of trouble. These days the custom shoes produced by Vine have an average selling price of more than $1,500.
The shoes are an original design from Six Hundred and Four in Vancouver and Vine has customized them with a design that spoke to the unlimited potential of the students at the school.
“I got back into teaching two years ago after doing the sneakers full time for five years, but I still paint now in the evenings and weekends,” explained Vine.
“Last year the kids found out who I was on social media, and I taught an eight-week course on customizing shoes. This year I thought I’d put my talents to work to raise money for this worthwhile cause.”
The shoes are now up for auction to the highest bidder.
To inquire about these pieces of art, or to place a bid, go to www.facebook.com/events/1021329734704846/.