COVID-19 has swept across the world and completely changed the retail experience for millions in the process. Stores and restaurants have been closed for the foreseeable future as well as any place that is considered non-essential. While businesses are closed many struggle to maintain cash flow and pay their employees. In some cases, we have seen employees let go as payroll cannot be met. It’s especially difficult to see this happening to locally owned businesses that are staples in the community, wherever you are from.

In the interest of supporting small business, Vans has launched the Foot the Bill initiative. As Vans puts it, “We have partnered with local and community-driven skate shops, restaurants, art galleries and music venues to support them with custom-designed Vans footwear.” Vans has partnered with small businesses across the globe, each one designing a pair of Vans Slip-Ons that can be personally before purchase. All profits will be go directly to the small business, with the only money that Vans keeps is the cost of production and shipping.

When you select a pair of shoes you can learn more about the company, the inspiration behind the design, and what they will do with the money from your purchase. Among the list of partners is three Chicago businesses, including Uprise Skateshop. The 22-year-old Wicker Park staple will be giving all proceeds to the 9 employees of the store that are the backbone of the business.

Check out the roster of designs and support your local business(es) at the Vans Foot the Bill website.

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Help @vans help you help us by designing a custom colorway of Uprise Slip-On on the #vanscustoms site. Vans will send us the net proceeds when you use the Uprise template with Stevie Dread toe art as the base for your design. In the Vans Foot The Bill program you design, Vans does the heavy lifting and Uprise gets some help getting the other side of this. Hit the link in our bio or story and start designing. Thanks to all that have already purchased and thanks to Vans for collaborative support when we need it. _@steviedread has been a part of Uprise since the beginning, add in a decade holding down Chicago skateboarding before that. Widely acknowledged for roots in skateboarding and music, his illustration art is equally amazing. Specifically Dread’s doodles are particularly fun, we could watch him doodle anytime or just watch him crush a curb…. thank you Stevie we’re honored to have you on our toe forever. #vansbyuprise #upriseskateshop #vansskate #vans #vanslipon

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