As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take a look back at 2016. Bucketfeet reached some huge milestones this past year, including more than $500,000 in royalties for our dedicated Artist Community of more than 39,500 different artists and the opening of our third studio and first D.C. storefront, the Shaw Studio.
2016 also saw the release of a number of prominent Bucketfeet collections. We journeyed with black and white photographer Jason M. Peterson into the darkness with the release of the Jason Peterson Collection—our first photography-based shoe collection and Philippines-based doodler Kerby Rosanes took his adult coloring book off the page and onto a series of element-inspired slip-ons, showcasing his signature black and white sketches.
Bucketfeet also did its part to giveback to the community through our partnerships with the aquatic wildlife organization Lonely Whale, collaborating with Bright Pink to bring awareness to breast cancer and the Be Brooks Brave-inspired Sweet Pea Up In Heaven shoe—helping to shine a light on the oft-overlooked childhood cancer epidemic.
With our voting system, you got to share your voice and decide which designs you wanted to wear on your feet. With more than 7,600 designs submitted in 2016 alone, you chose your favorite 211 illustrations to be turned into one-of-a-kind shoes by artists from 120 different countries. From traveling the world, kicking it with your best pal or hanging out with your puppy, these shoes really spoke to you. This year's top selling shoes were World Map from Meera Lee Patel, Shoodles from Bark & Co. and The Duo from Andrea Silvestri.
This past year wasn't solely focused on shoes, though. Our Artist Talk series and studio events helped make Bucketfeet a go-to source for some of Chicago's rising talent, including Saba, Jamila Woods and Eryn Allen Kane, to name a few.
We also had the amazing opportunity to reach out with Bucketfeet fans from all-around Chicago through our Instameets. From a scavenger hunt of Logan Square's thriving street art scene with Galerie F to our Wabash Arts Corridor photo crusade, we gave you a first-hand view of some of the local artwork that inspires us each and everyday.
When it comes to selling shoes, you have to take the occasional coffee break every once in a while. When you're rebranding your company, you have to drink as much coffee as you can. But, hey... look how nice our new logo is, so it's all worth it.
Trying to create a brighter world would also be pretty tough without our hard-working staff. We'd like to give a quick shoutout to one of the hardest workers in the office. His name is Dinostar and his contribution does not go unnoticed.
All jokes aside, we'd like to say thanks for making 2016 such a great year for Bucketfeet. Let's do it again next year!