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Notre Dame women’s shoes, shirts to make social justice statement

The first/heart image, designed by South Bend artist Kamika Perry, that will featured on Notre Dame's shoes against Louisville Sunday afternoon.

As Kamika Perry fashioned the shoes that would become the physical representation of a Notre Dame women’s basketball project calling for social justice, her efforts became almost a metaphor for fighting injustice.

After all, there was a sense of urgency for the South Bend artist, because the project carried deadlines, but also a need for unwavering patience, because the transformation of the shoes came about painstakingly slow.

She even started out with something that was all white, and had to explore the best ways to integrate black.

“There was definitely trial and error,” Perry said of applying the right kind and right amount of coating to the leather and cloth shoes that would allow them to hold up and allow for the partially individualized designs to be hand-painted on.

The end result, though, has triggered a deliriously happy response among the Irish, who will wear the shoes, along with warm-up T-shirts designed by Perry, for Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised home game against No. 6 Louisville.

“We’re extremely grateful for her and all the hard work she’s put in,” ND senior […]

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