With a history of 50 years, 500+ comics, and now 3 feature films Iron Man is quite the accomplished comic book character. Apart of the Marvel Comics empire the red and gold superpower machine super hero is not just for comic book nerds. Sneakerheads have fully embraced the metal suit look of engineer billionaire Tony Stark. With the release of 2008′s Iron Man movie the idea to use the red and golden suit for a custom sneaker fan art design only continued to grow. 5 years later and on the release of the 3rd movie we have scoured the web for what we’d like to consider the best Iron Man [more]
You know you’ve made it when you’re presenting an athlete a custom painted 1 of 1 version of his own signature sneaker. The fact that the player is arguably the most known in sports today…is just icing on the cake. A few weeks ago during NBA All Star Weekend 2013 Dan of Mache Customs presented Lebron himself with this pair of Iron Man 3 themed Lebron X. They likely started out as a Nike ID version of the X and now have obvious inspiration from the suit of Tony Starks in the third Iron Man movie. Hand painting and airbrushing on the entire upper of the shoe mimic Iron Man’s metal suit of red, gold, and silver. A nice finishing addition are the tongue tabs embroidered with the Stark Industries logo created by HerbJuice Productions. These will stay a 1 of 1 for King James and all inquires ignored.
Dream of owning these while you think of your own custom for Mache to create by visiting his site at: MacheCustoms.com
J’Field Yeo of MoreThanArtToWear.com finished up a clean Captain America custom shoe a few months ago and his most recent theme is another comic book character turned movie star. This character we have seen a few times and this pair is almost an inadvertent(or maybe not) case of combined deja vu. In the last year Diversitile and emmanueLabor created Iron Man themed Nike Dunks with light up effects inspired by his eyes or arc reactor and this pair combines those two concepts.
J’Field based the upper on the iconic gold and red metal finish of Tony Stark’s robot armor. Then the arc reactor concept was accomplished with a rather large circular white lighted piece on the tongues. To finish up rectangles were actually cut into the back heels and filled with light up LEDs to achieve Iron Mans signature eyes as the rest of the back panel area around them was painted to look like his helmet. Because custom shoes are never enough J’Field created his own life size light up arc reactor and a Stark Industries briefcase. Whether or not J’Field was inspired by those other two customizers doesn’t really matter because it is refreshing to see ideas acted upon by different artists. If there was a problem…everyone would be driving the exact same car, end of story right?
Checkout more work and contact J’field to order your own Iron Man Nike Dunks here at his website: http://www.morethanarttowear.com/
Earlier this year Diversitile caused quite a ruckus with their Iron Man and War Machine custom Nike Dunks enough to upset Marvel Inc. Deciding to fulfill a custom he wanted to make in 2008 emmanueLabor went a slightly different route instead of painting like the Diversitile crew he created a complete decon recon pair based completely on the helmets of Iron Man and War Machine. The front panels of the shoes are a rather tame unsuspecting red or gray. When you get a rear view is when you really get the excitement as each of the back heel panels have a metallic gold or silver leather custom cut and stitched in the shape of the helmets face. But as night falls the next level is reached with the eyes of the helmet pieces actually lighting up a bright white. Good thing EL wasn’t discouraged by Diversitile beating him to the punch and chose to go forward with this design after being re-energized by seeing 7-11′s Iron Man promotional cups.
To buy your own Iron Man customs shoes or to see more of his work visit EL’s site: http://www.emmanueLabor.com
Iron Man was my guess as what will be the most used theme of 2010 for custom shoes. Unfortunately that might be shut short because not many shoe customizers are going to be able to top the latest customs from Diversitile: Iron Man and War Machine Nike Dunks. Gold and red for Iron Man and black and silver for War Machine Diversitile painted the leather, suede and mesh of these Nike Dunks to mimic a battled tested glossy metal finish. With the push of a button the signature Iron Man suit arc reactor lights up a blinding white….giving you the feeling like you might just start flying like the real thing.
You can check more work from Diversitile at their site: Diversitile.com
UPDATE: Diversitile was actually contacted by Marvel Comics and asked to quit selling these, looks likey they will stay 1 of 1s
On Monday May 10 expect Iron Man 2 to be leading the box office charts for this Mother’s Day weekend. For the rest of May and coming months expect Iron Man inspiration to be one of the most used themes on custom shoes. Hmmm, not even many made yet and 2010 might be the year of Iron Man custom shoes following 2009: Micheal Jackson and 2008: Barack Obama. To get things started we saw these Iron Man 2 themed Nike Delta Force AC Highs made by MP Kustom Kicks for him to personally wear to the theatre this weekend. The all team red upper was given a touch of gold to the mesh to mimic the metallic gold of the suit, a couple Iron Man 2 character photos on the medial and lateral heels, and Arc Reactor pins on the laces for one last detail. Simple but clearly Iron Man to anyone who see’s them.