Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has teamed up with DC Shoes to create a signature sneaker that will help send budding artists to school.
Dubbed the Xander, it is actually the third shoe that Shinoda has designed for DC Shoes’ Remix series and his fourth overall for the footwear company.
Proceeds from the shoe will go toward the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship, which benefits graphic design or illustration students entering the Art Center College of Design in California. Shinoda himself graduated from the school in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in illustration.
Shinoda described the shoe, which features traditional Japanese designs, as a summer version of the Xander Remix style he created last year, with lighter colours and patterns.
He also said he road-tested the shoes on the band’s last world tour to make sure they would hold up under everyday wear.
Linkin Park, whose most recent studio album was 2007′s “Minutes to Midnight,” is gearing up for another international tour this summer. The band also revealed recently that they will be contributing to the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” score, and their song “New Divide,” which premieres on radio May 18, will appear on the movie’s official soundtrack. The movie itself hits theatres June 24.