Paris LaCour designer sneakers inspired by LSU and Converse All Star


Lifting the lid which displays an animation of her face, Paris LaCour, 10, pulls out of the box a pair of colorful designer high top sneakers in homage to Louisiana State University and crafted in high-end Italian. leather. She is the designer – the creator of a shoe line that in two months has generated $ 10,000.

A familiar figure waves to the eyes when the pair are taken out of the box. Modeled after the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, LaCour’s sneakers offer a more solid version of the original.

LaCour’s mother, Donna Parker realized when LaCour was a toddler how much the young designer loved the classic Converse.

“I don’t really remember buying one Converse shoe for her,” said of the All Star, who LaCour still ranks as her favorite sneaker.

This affection for the prolific sneaker is a common thread between LaCour and her godmother, Debbie Grelewicz, who, according to Paris, is the first person she “randomly” saw wearing her sneakers.

“It made me so happy,” LaCour said with a big smile.

The sighting was not that random. It was a family celebration and Grelewicz was already planning an outfit to match the purple sneakers.

“I made sure everyone was going to see me because I was coordinated that day,” said Grelewicz, adding that no one could deny how cool the sneakers were as she got out of the car.

The name of the LaCour sneakers – a Paris anadrome – is placed on the outside of the sneakers. The price tag placed on the first Sirap is $ 194.

The siraps are handcrafted in Marche, Italy with the help of Alive Shoes, which showcases sneaker design by allowing users who sell 7 pre-orders to colorize and mark a silhouette which is then sewn on. individually in one of Italy’s most famous shoe communities.

Packaging and manufacturing come at a price that LaCour hopes to someday cut its spending. His grandmother always sewed clothes, creating looks for Parker and his siblings. Parker recalls that this sparked his own interest in fashion. Likewise, LaCour wishes to learn to sew so that he can dictate all aspects of his creative production.

Bishop Lawrence Brandon of Praise Temple in Shreveport bought shoes for $ 2,000.

LaCour is on the verge of hitting the sales benchmark Alive Shoes gave him. The company will elevate the LaCour brand through new photoshoots and more expensive marketing once it sells 50. Her mom says she currently has 48.

LaCour already has ideas for new sneakers and would love to design a sweater or t-shirt afterwards.

LaCour hopes to someday study a field of science at LSU.

The interior of each Sirap is accompanied by an imperishable word from Paris: “Never give up because great things take time.” “

Kendrick dante is a government watch reporter in Shreveport. You can find him on Facebook under the name Kendrick Dante. Twitter @kendrickdante

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