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TSU Freshman Recreates Worn Out Shoes Into Art

TSU Freshman Recreates Worn Out Shoes Into Art

By Delvakio Brown

Meter Staff Writer

Watson Hall is full of young men striving to obtain the goal of receiving a college degree.  One resident in particular is taking advantage of making a difference, one pair of shoes at a time.  When KeShun Pinkney, freshman business supply chain management major, is not in class, studying in the library, or playing his favorite sport of basketball, he is in his room detailing and customizing the worst conditions of tennis shoes.  

What started off as playing around for Pinkney in his free time has turned into a business, Topline Laces.  After attending Tennessee State University Academic Bootcamp this past summer, Pinkney returned to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to do a shoe giveaway.  He was able to grant 21 students between the grades of 5th-8th grade at Mt. Pisgah Middle School a pair of shoes that he recreated with his talented hands. He still keeps contact with one of the kids he gave a pair of shoes to.

“I just wanted to make a difference with these kids and be a true role model,” stated Pinkney.

 Making a difference in young people’s lives began back in high school.  While attending  Briarcrest Christian School you could catch No.15 Pinkey as a point guard on the court.  In his free time, he spent time giving back in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  

This summer, he plans on giving back more pair of shoes than before.  Once the mask covers his nose and mouth, the spray utensil is tightened, and the shoes are in the perfect position, the artistic journey begins. When students return to pick up their shoes, a new colored pair awaits them.  It is easy to mistake the shoes that KeShun hands touches for those that are fresh out of a shoe store.  

In the past two years, he has paid attention to small details and seeing the best in an old raggedy pair of shoes.

One day you will be able to purchase Pinkney’s creations because he plans on opening up shoe stores once he graduates.

Do you have an old pair of shoes that you want to have restored or want to donate shoes toPinkney’s next big giveaway?  Well you can email him at You can also check out his creations on Instagram at @toplinelaceskp

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

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