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Young entrepreneurs make their best pitch

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dave Waddell
Mar 31, 2015 - 8:10 PM EDT
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 - 9:07 PM EDT

Footwear is one of the currencies of the teenaged years and when Zaheem Riberdy began wearing aged but customized LeBron 12s around Assumption he soon realized he’d stumbled on a priceless idea.

Riberdy has turned his talent for re-purposing new and old shoes, clothing and hats into his growing Kustom Kicks business.

“I’ve been offered $230 for those LeBron 12s, but I didn’t sell them,” Riberdy said. “I use them to this day.”

Like many great business, Riberdy’s idea was innovation through necessity. With his shoes stained and dirty from his summer job in an auto shop, the Grade 11 student spray-painted a pair of shoes with gold paint.

“They were awful, but I knew I could do better.”

He certainly has.

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