The Internet Is Loving This Kid’s Viral Custom Sneakers

A 10-year-old’s artistic experiment on Vans sneakers is winning over social media users far and wide.

In what’s sure to be one of the cutest things you see all day, a Twitter user named Emely (@em333ly) shared a story about asking her 10-year-old little sister Marely to paint on a pair of Vans shoes.

The result was a teal pair of Vans Authentic shoes with a playful multicolor checkerboard pattern around the toe area. However, the seemingly innocuous makeover apparently didn’t sit well with the girl’s mother, who chastised her for the custom kicks.

“I’m sorry if you don’t like them. I tried my best,” Marely, wrote in a note to her big sister. “Mom said she didn’t like them and that broke my heart. I don’t need you to break it more. Now that I see it, I agree with her, you shouldn’t have let me do that. I’m so sorry.”

“It sucks how much your parents affect you when they’re not supportive,” wrote Emely alongside an image of the note, which has racked up nearly 90,000 retweets and 300,000 likes since it was shared last week.

Social media worked it magic from there, with dozens of supporters coming out of the woodwork to give words of encouragement to Marely. Some users tried their hand at re-creating the design. Others wanted to know if they could buy the colorful kicks.

And the message got back to Marely, who shared an update with everyone on Twitter today. “I am so blessed that there was more than 3K comments,” she wrote. “My friends are sooo blown away.”

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