Here's what happens when you actually read the rules...
meaning, there are new things I've gleaned about the Vans Contest I need to share with you.
Each of the four styles of shoe needs to be designed;
Each sneaker style must be devoted to each theme;
Themes = art, music, action sports, local flavor;
All 4 themes must complement or relate to one another (teamwork, anyone?) so as to form a single message/statement...
That is a lot to do with the creation of the pieces/designs/shoes...there is more, bit we'll get to that later.