Bucketfeet is an American online retailer specializing in artist-designed footwear. The company collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes with the goal of sparking meaningful conversations to create a brighter world. All artists receive a portion of the profits made from their designs. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL and was founded in 2011 by Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein. Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein first met in 2008, while volunteering in the favelas of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nemani had recently quit his job in finance to travel the world for one year, while Firestein, a California native, had gone there to study Spanish after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2007. The two became friends, and upon Raajas departure from Buenos Aires, Aaron sold him a pair of shoes on which he had drawn an artistic design. Raaja continued his year-long journey and cites the shoes as an easy conversation starter; he says people from all over the world would comment on their unique design and that several friendships were sparked from these initial conversations. Aaron had been drawing on canvas sneakers since his college years. His designs had garnered the attention of his classmates, who began offering to buy his hand-designed shoes. Aarons friends at the University of Oregon had nicknamed him "Bucket," so he began calling his creations "Bucketfeet." This is the inspiration for the name of the company he founded with Raaja Nemani years later.