Bucketfeet

While he was a senior in college at the University of Oregon in 2007, Aaron started drawing on canvas sneakers and posting pictures of his art to Facebook. He got an immediate positive reaction from friends, friends of friends, and then even complete strangers. His shoes were an instant hit on campus, and he started selling the shoes as a way to make money on the side. In 2008, Aaron moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to work as a photographer, but took his "wearable art" with him. While volunteering with children in one of the slums outside the city, he met fellow volunteer Raaja who had just started a year-long trip around the world. They hit it off right away, became close friends, and Raaja even bought a pair of Aaron's original custom shoes.Raaja left Argentina and Aaron stayed behind, but the two of them stayed in touch and constantly discussed their travels, the people they were meeting, and Aaron's shoes which began selling fast in South America. In 2009, Aaron was invited to do a photo project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he shadowed talented artists in the favelas and then held a photo exhibit of their work in the more affluent part of the city. The whole idea was to connect two very different groups of people through art, and give awareness to talented artists that wanted a platform to showcase their work. Aaron told Raaja about this project, and several months later both of them decided what they wanted to do in life.Aaron and Raaja quit their jobs to create a platform to connect artists to people around the world. Footwear was the perfect way to spread art in a creative way, support artists, and give back while staying true to their story. In Spring of 2011, BucketFeet was born.