July 22, 2009

Eighth Generation's custom shoes

Walking in Two WorldsWelcome to Eighth Generation by Louie Gong,

When I started putting my art on shoes a in March of 2009, I had no idea it would lead to a facebook page with almost 2000 fans and my first small business. I just wanted to create something that represented me, a person who celebrates the dynamic realities of modern life while maintaining a strong cultural identity.

It turns out that many people are also drawn to my shoe art because of what it represents. Others simply appreciate Coast Salish art or the fact that the merger of this art form and pop culture is somewhat new and original. Either way, I feel honored that people are finding value in something I love to do. I promise to put some of that good energy back into everything I create.

~Louie Gong
Custom First Nations Shoes!I hope you like these kicks! Over the last few months, I’ve designed dozens and dozens of custom shoes for both my best friends here in Seattle and complete strangers living all over the United States and Canada. I’m even looking forward to shipping my first pair overseas sometime soon. It makes me excited to know that my art will be sparking up conversations all over the world.

I think you can tell from the pictures that I take a lot of pride in my work and I enjoy experimenting with new designs. I’m currently taking orders for the Eye on the Prize--Limited Custom. I’ll also be posting some one-off unique pairs that are already completed and ready to ship immediately. If you still can’t find what you want or you dont want to wait until orders open again, you may want to inquire about an “Exclusive Custom” shoe, where we work together to design a totally unique shoe that represents you, your heritage, or an experience from your life.
Here are examples of the shoes:

Design Gallery

Comment:  For more on Native-style shoes, see Nike Shoe Is Racist? and Native Shoes Debut.

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