Socks that Rock winner Anthony Padnos

Manhattan Beach middle schooler Anthony Padnos celebrates his winning sock design with Jen Hochstadt (from left); Legends Brand Founder Scott Hochstadt; Anthony Padnos, the "Peoples Choice Winner;" Bernadette Suarez, a Lawndale city councilmember; Michael Davis, NFL cornerback with the San Diego Chargers; Richard Montgomery, a Manhattan Beach city councilmember; and Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano. All celebrated Padnos' win at a private party May 1, 2019 along with the other 10 finalists in the contest. 

Anthony Padnos, a Manhattan Beach Middle School sixth grader, is the winner of the Legends ‘Socks that Rock’ contest.

His design—a classic car with a surfboard atop it driving down a coastal highway against a multihued sunset backdrop—will be made into a Legends sock available for sale on the company’s website, according to organizer Vicki Tyler.

“(He) won over 40 percent of the votes cast over the last two weeks,” Tyler said of Padnos ‘People’s Choice’ win after the public voted on his design at a gallery hanging in Homie Cafe of Manhattan Beach.

Padnos was one of 11 finalists selected from 140 entries to the contest.

His win was announced a private party May 1.

The event included all the finalists, Legends founders, city officials from Lawndale as well as Manhattan Beach and VIP guest San Diego Charger Michael Davis, who received a pair of socks with the design.

“(Padnos) autographed (the socks) with a Sharpie,” Tyler added.

Proceeds from sales of his design will go to benefit Kids Helping Kids, a Manhattan Beach-based charity which helps local youth earn donations of Skechers shoes and socks for less fortunate children in other communities.

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