What You Can Learn from Canadian High School Students Launching a Fashion Sneaker

Tonight, November 3rd, 2016, The Wolf Sneaker Launch will be held as a free event at Toronto’s Spoke Club.

Is it pretty cool to hang out at the launch of hot new fashion product? Yes. Is it super cool to hang out at said launch in the heart of downtown Toronto? Totally. Will all the likes on all the selfies you take at the show, and the bragging rights of saying, “Oh, I’m going to this fashion thing later” feel awesome? Hell yes.

This is a sneaker designed by students. Canadian high school students.

But the coolest thing about this sneaker launch? The real reason you should totally go to this launch and try figure out the secret to these designers success? This is a sneaker designed by students. Canadian high school students.

Art Students at the Central Toronto Academy designed, produced and will now sell a legit high fashion sneaker, with the help of staff and Fashion Helps founder Sheila McElrea.

The shoe is called The Wolf Sneaker (a salute to the school’s mascot), and it’s brought to life by Sully Wong, a brand inspired by Canadian-Asian culture and based out of Toronto.

The Wolf Sneaker that will be sold exclusively at Gotstyle, and will retail for about $120 a pair.

The program has about 70 students enrolled, and each of them played a part in the six-month long project. One key to these students success is clearly that they had the right mentors.

CTA Arts Director Beckie DiLeo connected students to various industry leaders, including: Melissa Austria, Founder of Gotstyle, Amanda Lao, Director at Liquid Communications, Roger Gingerich from Gingerich Group, George Sully + Henry Wong of Sully Wong, Sheila McElrea founder of Fashion Helps, and Shannon Passero from The Post Office.

So sure, these kids had the benefit of being introduced to the right people to help their project along, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with on your own mentors to help you get where you want to be—to do the thing that you really want to do.

It’s not just a shoe. It’s an example of what anyone can do with passion, determination and a willingness to reach out for some guidance.

That’s what this event is really about. It’s not just a shoe. It’s an example of what anyone can do with passion, determination and a willingness to reach out for some guidance.

That’s why you should come out to this event tonight. That’s why you should be taking notice of what these students are doing.

See you there. -CD

Chris D’Alessandro

Chris D’Alessandro

Chris D’Alessandro is the Communications Manager at Student Life Network. He puts words together in fancy ways and has more cover-up tattoos than he'd care to admit.