by Nadia Pflaum
Remember doodling on your shoes in school? How cool would it be to have your doodles mass-produced? Kansas City's own Peggy Noland has that answer. She was recently tapped by Keds to crank out designs for their footwear in her signature, goofball style.
A pair of those bad boys at right will set you back $80. The green feet and pink toenails are a shout-out to the most recent incarnation of Noland's teensy storefront on West 18th Street, decorated with 3-D, witchy fingers carved out of hard foam.
(Noland's source of the foam is a pretty priceless story, by the way -- she carted a U-Haul's worth of giant, soggy buoys back from the Lake of the
Ozarks after docks were required to remove the ones not approved by environmental guidelines.)
I caught up with Noland on Facebook to ask how the Keds opportunity came about. She replied:
Rush Wade hooked it up. Are you familiar with them? Local company --With their line called Keds
riillly cool peeps. They talent scouted me for Keds. nice!
Collective, the iconic shoe brand "collaborated with top designers,
cutting-edge artists, musicians and pop-culture icons to see how these
creative minds could transform our blank canvas."