Sneakerheads are often on the hunt for kicks that break necks as they stroll through a crowd. However, nothing is more head turning than a 1 of 1 custom pair. Long gone are the days where taking an sharpie to your white Air Force 1’s will make you the envy of all your friends. These artist have pushed the boundaries of sneaker customizing to new heights by combining experimental concepts and materials into quality designs.
Check out these 4 artist currently crushing the custom sneaker scene.
Dominic Chambrone - @Theshoesurgeon
Considered an OG in the game, The Shoe Surgeon has been churning out quality customs for years tailoring to clients such as Justin Bieber and Lebron to name a few. In fact he gifted @kingjames a Nike Lebron 15 decked out in genuine crocodile skin finished in 24karat gold for surpassing 30,000 career points. the pair was reported to be worth 100k!
Known for his textured python detailing, he often takes to re-imagining the much loved Jordan 1. From Unions to Off-White, many pairs have received the snake skin makeover. However, his recent version of the Travis Scott Jordan 1’s, named “scraped leather’, takes on earthy panels to create yet another striking design.
Sam Van IJzendoorn - @vijzbespokes
Starting out by refurbishing old pairs, Sam saw a gap in the market for quality custom kicks and exploited it to the fullest. Often taking his creative talents to the Air Max 1, pairs are often coated in creative colours, intricate details and a variety of materials. Just take a look at the AM1 “Pinky Grinch” (pictured below) for a prime example of his creativity. Personally, his variations of the AM1 rival many of the most sought after pairs in history.
Dom Carmeno - @Carmeno_customs
“My Job is to break boundaries” and its clear to see he takes his job seriously. While the Sean Wotherspoon inspired Air Max 1’s are a stand out custom, his work remixing football boots and children shoes are just as special. His reworked Patta x Parra and Masters of Air for children are as a cute as they are creative.
Jake Danklefs - @jwdanklefs
From sole swaps to raw materials, Dom Carmeno owner of Dank and Co can do it all. His pair “Hats Off To Sean” utilizes two Sean Wotherspoon 97 hats to create an SW Nike Dunk and...it’s epic. The vintage collector has made custom pairs for celebrities such as Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Dwayne Wade as well as being on Lebron James’ feet on the cover of Sports Illustrated.