You Are What’s On Your Feet

by - August 08, 2014

As I mentioned in my previous post, i'll try to do more Art Diaries post here on my blog and it's so timely that I attended another event that involved a DIY activity, but this time we did it on sneakers!:) I was so ecstatic when I received an invite for this, because not only do I get to be artsy fartsy again, but I also get to DIY sneakers for the second time. --Click HERE for my first time. :) I have to say that what got me more excited to attend this DIY session was because of the brand. It's one of my overused sneakers and slip-ons for my son. We kinda have matching pairs and that brand is none other than Bensimon. :) 

There are many different kinds of shoes, but I could never live without a pair of sneakers. Did you know that it was a staid staple of the grunge generation? made specifically to be practical instead of fashionable, useful rather than sexy. It was the kind of shoe that you picked up when you had nothing special planned and automatically slipped on when errands made up the bulk of your day.

In my case, that's also why I wear sneakers and because my style is all about wearing what I'm comfortable with. Casual chic. So, it's really a good thing that sneakers are actually considered fashionable now and could be worn with absolutely any outfit. :)

So what's special about Bensimon and why people love it? Each pair can become a camas of creative expression, it's versatile enough to encapsulate the brand's 'perfectly imperfect' heritage by being used as a canvas for individual creativity. Hence, we unleashed our artistic inclination and designed our pair of Bennies!

The venue for the Bensimon DIY was at Common Thread, Power Plant Mall and as soon as I got there people were already working on their respective pair and that got me even more excited. :) An artsy mess is a happy mess for me!

Truth be told, before going to the event I already Googled some design inspirations for my sneakers, but I couldn't pin it down to what I really wanted, so I just told myself that I'll rely on being spontaneous. =P Luckily though, when I got there I was immediately struck with inspiration and it was all thanks to the pretty ceiling deco of Common Thread. ;)

There were so many art materials to choose from, but I decided to paint mine. :) I went for an abstract design and of course, pastel colours! It was a funny thing that when I arrived at our table, the first thing that my blogger friend Sarah said was "Andiyan na si Ava! Abot niyo na lahat ng pastel sakanya!" Haha! My friends know my colour palette so much! Ang predictable ko lang noh?=P

While I was waiting for my paint to dry, I took some photos of my fellow craft classmates that day and their awesome work!

Sarah and Ana :)

Yuki and Pauly!:)

Bianca Sing :)

Rhea Bue :)

Carizza Chua :)

My blogger friends are so talented!:) I love the designs that they came up with. Just goes to show that each person has their own creative flow!

I brought Athan with me and since he didn't have his own Bennies to DIY, he opted to draw on the papers available at our table and got all our Sharpies! Haha!:) 

If you can't decipher it, it's actually soldiers shooting each other. So violent. -_- haha! But he's not violent in real life! He's just into military stuff at the moment. :)

 The DIY was only for that day, but you'll be happy to know that Bensimon has new designs out and they are cuter than ever! I especially love the Aloha, Tie Dye, Pair elibaquarell, Camou and Bleach Stars. Super cute! I actually want to get Athan the Camou pair since he's into soldiers. :)

And finally, my finished product! This is my second pair of Bennies and I surely will wear this a lot!

Athan and I in our matching Bennies!:)

Thank you so much, Green Bulb PR, Common Thread and Bensimon Philippines for having me!:) My son and I had a great time!:) Yey for DIY and new awesome kicks!

 Bensimon sneakers are available at CommonThread (Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall), Rustans (Gateway, Makati, Alabang Town Center, Shangrila), Center of Gravity (Burgos Circle and Centris Walk), Shoe Salon (Glorietta 3, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Trinoma), and Shoe Thing (Kids styles only: Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall, and Greenbelt 5). The price ranges from 2,095 to 2,565 for the men’s and women’s line and 1,295 to 1,795 for the kids’ styles. Visit for more information.


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  1. Avaaa!! It was so nice seeing you!!! and yaaay! Thank you for the photo..hihihi <3

    P.S. Love your design!!! :D

  2. I love Bensimon, they are so comfy and classy! Lucky you, you got to design your own. I like the TieDye and Camo designs!

  3. Love all the designs that you guys created! I'm so envious, I'm so not crafty, haha. See you soon Ava! :)

    Bec of

  4. This is a great idea! If we can make our own diy sneakers! :) I love bleach stars! And your design is super cute too. It's is so you! :)

  5. This is a cool activity! But I don't think I'd be very good in designing my own shoes. Hehe.

  6. I love Bensimon, too, because of its classic style and how comfy it is. I love the new camo designs!:)

  7. awww...I'd love events like this. I always try to re-design my shoes. :D

  8. looks like you guys enjoyed this event! I have always wanted to experience how it's like to design your own sneakers! it's the first I've heard of Bensimon to be honest. Not even sure where to look for it. Is it available in MOA as well? I especially love wearing sneakers on casual days or on days I take my kids out for a fun day at the mall. hehe


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