About

The brand.

LaQuist is a global online boutique and brand that creates wearable art in the form of custom, hand-painted shoes. LaQuist sends shoes to customers across six continents, while giving back to people near and far along the way.

The artist.

Lauren Rundquist is a twenty-something-year-old artist and entrepreneur from Saint Louis. Ever since she could first pick up a crayon, she has been painting, drawing, and sculpting; creating with anything colorful and messy that she get her hands on.

The shoes.

LaQuist shoes are hand painted using a formula of flexible, permanent, water resistant paint and then additionally sealed with a layer of satin varnish to ensure that the paint will last the life of the shoes. Each design is one-of-a-kind and every pair has a special story to tell.

How do I order a pair of LaQuist shoes?

Send LaQuist a message! Whether you have a specific design request, an entirely abstract idea, or a particular recipient or event in mind, LaQuist will turn those ideas into a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes. A link will be provided to purchase online via Etsy.

How much does a completed pair of LaQuist shoes cost?

Price depends on the complexity of the design and the time it will take to create, but a completed pair of shoes ranges from about $75 to $175. There is no additional charge for small personalizations or entirely unique designs—in fact, custom designs are LaQuist’s specialty!

How long does a pair of LaQuist shoes take?

LaQuist shoes take 3-4 weeks to be prepped, painted, sealed, and shipped to your doorstep. They travel via USPS and a tracking number is provided along the way.

How durable is the paint and how long will the designs last?

LaQuist shoes are hand painted using a formula of flexible, permanent, water resistant paint and then additionally sealed with a layer of satin varnish to ensure that the paint will last the life of the shoes.

How do I wash or clean my LaQuist shoes if they get dirty?

Shoes can be dabbed or submerged in warm water with mild soap. They are not meant to be machine washed, with or without paint.

How does LaQuist give back to the world around it?

LaQuist strives to give back to the world around it by supporting socially minded business models like One for One, charitable organizations and causes like Solea Water, and sustainability and recycling efforts like Reuse-A-Shoe. Find out how by exploring the Giving Back page.

Published features.

Her Campus (January 2015)
Inside Columbia Magazine
(February 2013)
Columbia Business Times (August 2013)
Vox Magazine (February 2015)
Mizzou News (March 2014)
21st Century Women (October 2013)
Heart and Sole (May 2013)
Mizzou Magazine (November 2013)
Columbia Tribune (April 2013)
Columbia Missourian (September 2013)
Columbia Missourian (April 2013)
Columbia Missourian (October 2013)
Columbia Business Times (February 2015)
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (February 2014)
Her Campus (April 2012)
MidMoToday (February 2013)
Columbia Missourian (February 2014)
Eureka Wildwood Patch (September 2012)
Vox Magazine (October 2012)
Micro Business for Teens (November 2012)
VoxTalk (September 2013)
CEOORG (September 2013)
Columbia Tribune (November 2013)
Youth Directions (October 2012)
MU Undergraduate Studies (May 2015)

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