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Beauty for the Geek

14 Hand-Painted Geeky Shoe Designs

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Beauty for the Geek

While plenty of people have geeky tee shirts, nerdy shoes are far less common—but shoes are great because, unlike tees, you can wear them day in and day out if you so please. If you’re ready to put your best geek foot forward, here are a few great shoe designs to get you started.

1. The Doctor and The TARDIS

Can’t get enough of The Doctor and his beloved TARDIS? Then head to Etsy seller TooCrazyGirl’s shop and grab a pair of these great Doctor Who sneakers. You can choose between a bow tie and suspenders with the quote "Trust me, I'm the Doctor" or a neck tie and a pinstriped jacket with the phrase "Allons-y!"

2. Silence

Do you forget where you left your shoes the second you take them off? Well, forget about ever remembering where you put these Silence shoes by Etsy seller Scrapcrafter. After all, they’re designed just to make you forget.

3. Dalek

The Dalek “To Victory” poster has proven to be one of the most popular designs ever released by the BBC. If you don’t really dig posters and would rather share this design on your feet, head over to Etsy seller TheWhitelicorice and grab a pair of these sneakers.

4. Star Wars

Toms are great for the charitable nature of the company. If you love the idea of a person in need receiving a free pair of shoes for the pair you bought, then grab a pair of Etsy seller EastBayCalifornia’s awesomely detailed Star Wars shoes.

5. Yoda

When it comes to amazing custom shoe paintings, it’s hard to beat What’s Shop. As these amazing Yoda Converse prove, the artists at What’s Shop might just be some of the most amazing shoe painters in the world. Of course, that talent comes at a price: Their shoes sell for $150 and up. Fortunately, if you can’t afford a pair, you can always enjoy looking at their magnificent paintings on their Tumblr.

6. Angry Birds Avengers

If you’re wondering how high What’s Shop’s prices reach, look no further than these one-of-a-kind Angry Birds Avengers Converse. Since this is the only pair the company will ever make, they’ll set you back a cool $850.

7. Amazing Spider-Man

Of course, many of What’s Shop’s designs are one-off designs made for customer special orders. Some of the designs will never even appear in their shop, like these Amazing Spider-Man Converse that are, in fact, amazing.

8. Marvel Heroes

Etsy seller BBEE is also well known and extremely talented when it comes to custom shoe creations, which is why the shop is able to charge $250 for this pair of Marvel Vans.

9. Batman and Joker

If you can’t afford to have a professional make you a custom pair of shoes, you can always see if someone you know might be willing to do it for you. Redditor Zacch asked his mother to make him a pair of Batman shoes and the results were impressive enough to get him over 2600 upvotes.

10. Batman

Sometimes it’s hard to be a fashionable geek girl. While there are plenty of geek sneakers out there, it’s much harder to express yourself with shoes that will match your favorite dress. Fortunately, these sparkly Batman flats by Etsy seller strollingcanvases look great with all kinds of fashion ensembles.

11. Paper Mario

Of the entire Mario series, Paper Mario is perhaps the cutest, with the characters bearing such adorably juvenile faces. That’s why it was such a good decision on the part of Etsy seller blacknorns to choose that incarnation for these fantastic stiletto heels.

12. Bubble Bobble

These two adorable dinosaurs make a basic pair of blue flats into something infinitely more fun and fashionable. In fact, even if people aren’t familiar with the classic game, they’ll most likely still appreciate the cute characters painted on these shoes by Etsy seller MagicBeanBuyer.

13. Rebel Alliance

Sparkly, pink, and nerdy! Now that’s a super girly geek’s dream shoe, and can you blame them when these pink Rebel Alliance flats by Etsy seller aishavoya are so darn cute?

14. Darth Maul

Beauty For the Geek specializes in making custom, hand-painted geek heels. While all the designs in their photo gallery are impressive, their Darth Maul designs are particularly fantastic because they not only feature a special paint job, but the spikes in the back make them truly fit the inspiration.

Of course, if you don’t like any of these designs, but love the idea of having your own custom geek shoes, then you can always try making your own. Geek With Curves has a great article on how to organize a shoe decorating party, and even if you prefer to work solo, the piece has plenty of useful ideas and inspiration to get you started on your own special shoe designs.

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Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

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