Q: Can a student register their school for Custom Culture or does registration need to be done by a teacher?
A: Registration MUST be completed by a teacher or school administrator. Students can NOT register on behalf of their school. It will not be valid. You will get upset and it won't be fun. Make sure a teacher or school administrator submits the registration.
Q: Can multiple teachers from the same school register?
A: No. Each school is allowed one registration and one teacher/administrator contact who will be used by Vans throughout the competition as the sole point of contact. If two teachers register from the same school, we will need to delete the teacher that does not register first. Should you wish to change this contact name, the registered teacher must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the change.
Q: Can home school classes and private schools enter too?
A: Private schools can enter, just make sure a teacher or school administrator registers on the school's behalf. Home schools, non-profits and after-school or community programs may NOT enter. Check out our official rules for more information on what schools may participate.
Q: I have lots of students - can I submit more than four pairs of shoes to accommodate all the kids who want to participate?
A: No more than four pairs per school may be submitted, however we encourage teamwork so feel free to create groups to include all who would like to participate.
Q: I am not currently enrolled in art class at my school, can I still enter Custom Culture?
A: It is up to your school’s teacher representative to determine who should be included in your school’s team.
Q: Do we have to submit one pair for each theme or choose one theme for all four pairs?
A: One pair per theme - art, music, action sports, local flavor. Remember, action sports is defined as “Boards and Bikes” (skateboarding, BMX, surfing, wakeboarding, etc) NOT “Stick and Ball” (football, soccer, baseball, etc)!
Q: Do the pairs need to be identical? Ex: whatever is done to the left shoe, does the same need to be done to the right?
A: The shoes will need to be submitted as four pairs. They do not need to be identical, but they should work as a pair.
Q: Do the shoes need to be functional/wearable?
A: No. The shoes do not need to be functional, so get as creative as you want.
Q: Can we use any copyrighted materials, such as logos, when creating our shoes?
A: No. The design must be 100% original and cannot reference any celebrity likeness or copyrighted material.