You’ve Never Seen Nikes Like This Before
The next time you find yourself wandering in nature, perhaps picking a few blooms for your bud vase, you may want to think beyond the vase. You can actually turn those found buds, bark and flowers into an au naturel Nike hightop. Well, at least that’s what French artist Christophe Guinet did.
This is not the first time someone has made a Nike shoe out of something other than cloth and rubber. A while back, designer Olle Hemmendorff made a hightop from a hamburger, and illustrator David Brownings even made some out of paper. But Guinet’s Just Grow It series is not a gimmick. It’s a seriously centerpiece-worthy spectacle.
Occasionally Guinet will take an old Nike and use it as a makeshift planter, but we especially love when the shoe is covered sole to tongue in bark or buds. His piece Flower Power is covered entirely in yellow flowers with the exception of the Nike swoosh, which is made with white flowers. The only evidence of these Nikes’ original footwear function is the laces peeking through each pair.
It’s fun to see a sports icon like a classic Nike, endorsed by athletes and coveted by sneakerheads worldwide, remade with such precision and detail from materials you can find right outside your door. Guinet wants to challenge art lovers and sneaker lovers to rediscover beauty beyond our #OOTD, and we have to say it’s working.
How would you rediscover Nikes with a new material? Let us know in the comments!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!