Throw Boots, Raise Money for Homeless Kids

One of Megan's favourites: The South American Boot of Paradise

The lovely people behind Blundstone Footwear are hosting the 6th annual Boot it Up event—a benefit for Sketch, a Toronto-based community arts initiative that opens its doors to street-involved and homeless youth to give them a safe space to make art and express themselves. In its past five years, the event has raised more than $100,000.

Twenty pairs of Blundstones were sent out into the world to local artists and marketing agencies, who were charged with decorating, painting or enhancing the boots however they wished. The boots were then judged by members of the fashion and lifestyle media (our own managing editor/online editor Megan McChesney was one of the judges), and the top 10 pairs will auctioned off live at the fundraiser event at The Roundhouse at Steam Whistle Brewery on October 1st.

Starting at 7pm, the event will also feature a Boot Toss for prizes, a silent auction and host Jay Mandarino is giving away an $800 gift certificate to his new skateboard park as the door prize. You can even view all of the boots and vote for your favourite.

Tickets to the event are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and are available at Australian Boot Company stores or through Sketch. Kids under 12 get in free. Find more info here.

You can also see all 20 pairs of boots in person at the Bata Shoe Museum from September 1st to 22nd.

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