The visual arts students of Methodist Boys’ School Georgetown showed how ordinary and plain school shoes could be transformed into more contemporary and hip footwear when they spurned their designs onto some 280 pairs of Pallas shoes. The shoes which totalled to RM8,000 were sponsored by Southern Rubbers Works Sdn Bhd, the manufacturer of Pallas shoes and it was up to the group of Form Five visual arts students to strut their stuff.
The end result was inspiring and amazing and in all that, 125 pairs were given to the Form Five students of the school while the rest were allocated for the less fortunate students to help ease the families’ financial burdens. The project involved students like Muhd Ammir Idris, Muhd Shahfiq Shahbudin, R. Mukessh Nair and Muhd Hadinddin Abd Rahman all of whom were new to putting designs on shoes. One of the student, Muhd Ammir said that he was a beginner in this genre and had to learn from his peers and went through great lengths to ensure that there were no similar designs.
Another student, Mukkesh said that he tried his best to ensure that the design was imprinted carefully so that they will not damage the shoes which were sponsored by the company and hence, there was no room for error. Apart from that, the designs were also used for the valuation of the visual art subject in their SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) examination. Selected designs will also be exhibited as archived items at the MBS Heritage Centre.