Earlier this summer, during my two week trip to Europe, I decided to spend most of my vacation money on experiences (i.e. sightseeing, dining, exploring places I’d never been to) rather than shopping. However, there were two exceptions to this rule. One was a specific day I set apart in Madrid to snatch a few pieces from stores like Bershka and Primark, which aren’t available in NYC, and the other was when I visited Colour Studio at London’s Box Park and learned they sold shoes from the shoe brand BucketFeet.
BucketFeet is a shoe brand committed to collaborating with artists, whose sole mission is to create a better and brighter world. They accomplish this by creating artist-designed shoes which spark conversations about causes and topics worth discussing and by telling an artist’s story, one stunning shoe at a time. Pretty badass, right? This is why in today’s post I want to talk to you about the Pineappleade slip-ons I got in support of Colombian artist DJ Lu’s artistic social movement.
First and foremost, these canvas slip-ons feature a gold metallic foil detail, 100% cotton lining, cushion and comfort bubbles, and a removable in-sole (talk about comfort!) From an initial look, you will find yourself swooning over the shimmery pineapple design on the Pinneapleade Chambray/Gold Slip On, but once you look closer, you’ll realize there’s a grenade hidden within the stylistic tropical fruit design. This is DJ Lu’s iconic Pineappleade, an artistic protest against the land-mines which litter the pineapple fields in his home country. Through his stenciled art, DJ Lu criticizes the displacement of farmers by the armed conflict in Colombia and inspires political change throughout the country.
Colombia has been amidst the longest running civil war in Latin America, which has led to the world’s highest internal displacement of people. The Pineappleade is DJ Lu’s trademark design and his way of disseminating his message. For the past four years, peace talks between the Colombian government and rebel groups have been in the works and this summer, the Colombian government and Farc guerrillas have signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than fifty years of war in the country.
Peace in Colombia now looks more likely than ever and if you're interested in reading more about the ceasefire, I suggest you take a look at this article by the New York Times. In the meantime, take a minute to check out DJ Lu’s BucketFeet collection and support his artistic movement.