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Public voting opens for Vans custom sneaker contest
Public voting opens for Vans custom sneaker contest

Imagine a pair of Vans shoes designed to look like a surfer catching a wave. Or a pair with a bespectacled face staring up at the wearer. These were just two of the entries in last year's Custom Culture competition sponsored by Vans to stoke creativity in high school students and raise money for their schools. (See some of the 2014 entries in our photo gallery, above.) This year, the national contest attracted 3,000 submissions, which have been winnowed down to 50 semifinalists that as of Friday go to a public vote. The competitors are vying for $50,000 for their school and the chance to see one of their designs sold nationwide. “This is the greatest thing ever,”...

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