Laced Soles is an exhibition of custom sneakers bringing for the first time artists from Wilmington, San Pedro, Torrance and Long Beach. This  exhibition hinges on the idea of lacing one’s shoe and lacing together a community: the visual arts with the general public. By combining both academic and self-taught artists, we have created a united identity through this exhibition that not only questions, but also reflects.  These artists have teamed up with Harbortown Barbershop and Loded — a local custom sneaker shop — to bring a level of extraordinary to the everyday. Utilizing new and vintage sneakers, Los Angeles, Carson, Wilmington, Long Beach, and San Pedro-based artists celebrate the fringes of popular culture through an examination of shoe design ranging from the poetic, pin-stripping bird images of artist Daddy Fonz to the mythical folklore and graffiti-derived images of Autoes’ Reggie the Alligator shoes to the environmentally conscious design by Chris Reynolds’ in his Avocado sneakers.

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