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Art students’ painted Vans sneak toward $50,000 grand prize

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:00 pm

Boots may be for walking, but the sneakers at Mesa’s Mountain View High School — at least four pairs of them — are made for painting.

As submissions to the fourth annual Vans Custom Culture competition, the shoes had to be painted with the themes action sports, music, art and local flavor. According to Vans website, the contest seeks to “inspire high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of art." The winning school receives $50,000 for its art department.

Beth Isaacs’ art class at Mountain View entered the national competition for the first time this year, working an average of about 40 hours on each pair of shoes. The hard work paid off and won them a spot in the top 50.

The school now has a chance to make it to the final five, but its fate depends entirely on online voting at

To earn top regional honors, a trip to New York City, $4,000 for the art department, and a shot at the $50,000 grand prize, Mountain View must garner more votes than nine other high schools from the southwest, including Chandler High School, Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Deer Valley and Tucson Magnet High School. “Painting the shoes was a huge challenge,” said Isaacs. “(The students) worked hours and hours and hours. I think we have a great chance, but it all depends on online (voting).”

Go to and vote for your favorite shoes before 11:59 p.m. May 13.

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