Last month Noldo Customs set Instagram a fire with a simple addition of black to the white midsole of the Air Jordan XI bred retro. Orders surely came rushing in with many others inspired to give the look a shot on their own pairs. This time a customer request allowed Noldo to team up with NYCE Society on a similar design on the XI low. The previously all white with red sole XI low release from last summer was given a snakeskin stitched overlay upon the white patent leather by NYCE Society. The black and red skin was complimented by Noldo painting the white upper, tongues, and midsoles a la the blacked out bred XI. [more]
The jumps a few recon sneaker customizers have made in the past year have been huge. Moving away from the classic silhouettes of a Dunk or Air Force 1 to more technical sneakers. One who is steadily rising ahead of the pack of sneaker customizers in general is that of JBF Customs. His latest resume builder is a complete reconstruction of an adidas Crazy 8 retro for one of their signature athletes, Iman Shumpert of the NY Knicks. [more]
Nike Roshe Runs have continued to grow in popularity since their successful launch last year. The model went from basic colorways in limited quantities to what now seems an endless array of shades, patterns, and materials. Jeremy Hedin, better known as @whatthekicks, commissioned Emilio “PK” Zuniga to create a pair that transcended what we’ve seen so far from the running shoe. [more]
The Air Jordan line has been getting its taste of animal skin as of late in the custom sneaker world. The most recent is the Air Jordan IV in the classic “bred” colorway. Created by Dominic Chambrone aka The Shoe Surgeon this Jordan retro was reconstructed with an overlay of black python skin over the entire black nubuck upper. The back heel tabs and eyelet wings were kept while the Air Jordan flight tongue tags were replaced with those of The Shoe Surgeons logo lasered into red suede. Exotic. [more]
A complete list would have to be looked through but this surely could be a front runner for custom sneaker of the year. Something could be said about Kanye West here with how often he wears the Air Jordan III and history of red leather clothing, but this custom is some sort of 360 degree circle. EmmanueLabor’s customer wanted something inspired by the recent Supreme Nike Dunk SB release but a more “exorbitant feel”. How are these bringing the AJ3 and Supreme Dunk full circle?
This Air Jordan III shoe is the original inspiration of the Nike Supreme Dunk that saw a new take in 2012 which inspired this custom by emmanueLabor. A decon-recon this custom gives a new placement of elephant print to the upper ankle area and as seen on the True Blue AJ III on the lace panel area. Next the majority upper panel and tongues was remade with fire red genuine python skin. For the comfort factor the sockliners and insoles were remade with soft black lambskin. EmmanueLabor also stepped up the branding on these with new black metal EL lace dubrets/lace locks, EL cutouts on the insoles, and an embroidered bag. A complete package.
EmmanueLabor said himself these were hard to ship to the customer, so it is a slim chance the design is being offered to be remade. Either way checkout his info here: Twitter and Instagram: @emmanueLabor, Tumblr: http://laborpanes.tumblr.com/ and website: www.EmmanueLabor.com
How does a shoe customizer try and upstage the whole “South Beach custom sneaker” colorway? As soon as you think the concept was dead DeeNyce911 came in and added some exotic animals into the design. Using the Nike Lebron 9 as his base, the upper was painted a shade of the filament green along with hot pink accents on the tongue lining, laces, and eyes of the lion logo. That is where most other customizers had stopped so far. Instead of saying he was done DeeNyce911 went and added filament green painted snakeskin to the upper panel topped with a black painted snakeskin swoosh. So what do you think? Hit, miss, or what could be the next South Beach custom concept?
Checkout more work from DeeNyce911 via his site: http://www.fbccny.com/ and email him for your own pair of custom sneakers: email@example.com
Want to give Nike’s most high end sneaker an even more expensive upgrade? Add snakeskin. Ok hold on PETA, it’s fake. Taking what was once a worn scuffed pair of Copper Nike Foamposites Chef of Gourmet Kickz gave them new life by wrapping them in a copperhead snake faux skin. Continuing to play off the “Penny” Hardaway and copper theme Chef some how tied in a line of copper BBs on the back seams to help seal the fabrics. Lastly a fresh 2010 penny was added to the tongues, a detail that would probably have some mixed reviews. With the growing amount of Nike Foamposite’s being customized how does this pair stack up?
Checkout more work from Gourmet Kickz and order a Snakeskin Foamposite here: www.AF1King.com
Somehow, someway, snakeskin almost always looks good on shoes. Yet Nike definitely has messed up a few times especially on womens releases, while adidas almost always has snakeskin looking good. But what about customizers? Usually they know how to make it right. That is what lakebay2 of the NikeTalk Sneaker Art Forum recently finished up: a pair of Dunks with two different kinds of snakeskin that work. Though do not get too excited PETA members the skin appears to be faux, as in not real, man made to appear like snakeskin. Using brown in and black on the entire upper is accented by a bright yellow and green. Plus in the dark you can see the laces and stitching glow a bright green to go with the sole. The tongue tags are pretty sweet too saying: Bite Me.
More pics after the jump!