Designer worth his salt

Salty Shoes creator Tom Dempers and Samuel Hermans. Picture: Marcus Whisson d400652
Salty Shoes creator Tom Dempers and Samuel Hermans. Picture: Marcus Whisson d400652

Instead, the 23-year-old began to design his own range of T-shirts under the name Salty Shoes, a business that now has more than 13 designs available and donates 10 per cent of its profits to a cause.

‘I wanted some T-shirts and surf stores didn’t have the type I wanted, it was the same old stuff they always had,’ he said.

Now expanding his range of clothes to include caps and surfboard designs, Mr Dempers teamed up with Year 10 Hale College student Samuel Hermans (15), from Floreat, who designed the ‘I am the Walrus’ T-shirt.

‘I had a few sketches and he needed a few designs, so I handed them in and we started from there,’ he said.

Mr Dempers said he was looking for more people to submit their designs for future Salty Shoes products.

‘It we could get more local designers involved, that would be great,’ he said.

Salty Shoes is currently donating money to not-for-profit marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd.

‘I support what they do ” they’re the only organisation that put a stop to tuna fishing,’ Mr Dempers said.

For more, visit www.saltyshoes.com.au