Nov 17, 2021 - News
Kum & Go sneakers given to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Tanner Krause talks with a kid trying on Kum & Go shoes
A student tries on a pair of "Ampersand1s" while Kum & Go CEO Tanner Krause chats with him. Photo courtesy of Kum & Go

When Eduardo Ceballos got his pair of "Ampersand1s" — Kum & Go's sold-out sneaker — the 15-year-old questioned what the heck a gas station company was doing putting out its own shoes.

  • Yes, but: Once he slipped them on, he said — they were "hella comfy" and that high tops were his favorite style.

Driving the news: Kum & Go gave away 50 pairs of "Ampersand1s" to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa on Monday by East High School.

  • CEO Tanner Krause stopped by and played basketball with the students — though he admits — he's more of a soccer guy.
  • "I gotta' work on my jump shot," Krause joked.
The Kum & Go shoes
The Ampersand1 shoes from Kum & Go. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

State of play: The white leather shoe was created with Garrixon, a Philadelphia-based footwear designer and manufacturer, while the shoe boxes were designed by local artist Kevin Ha.

Between the lines: The clubs have been busier than ever as students look for places to hang out after school.

  • Krause, who sits on the board of directors for the organization, said he wanted to donate the shoes to help Des Moines kids and "bring joy."

The bottom line: If you're looking to cop your own pair, you're out of luck.

  • The line quickly sold out when it launched, but check social media for giveaways.
Tanner Krause playing chess with kids
Kum & Go CEO Tanner Krause playing chess with kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Des Moines. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios
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