Judi Werthein Brinco Cross-Trainer

Conceptual artist Judi Werthein named these sneakers brinco (Spanish for “jump”), a term migrants use to describe the crossing from Mexico into San Diego, and the shoes were designed with that crossing in mind.

Artist Sneakers

In recent years, artists have adopted sneakers as a medium, using customized footwear to explore the dynamics between factory production and individual handicraft, brand and identity, functionality and expression.