Every once in a while, a sneaker custom comes along that absolutely blows our minds. Whether it’s the collaboration of your dreams or a total deconstruction, you have to admit that some of the customs that sneakerheads produce are total works of art. From the Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Hu to the Nike Air VaporMax, we’ve made it our duty to showcase our top ten favourite customs that we wish were legit.
Off-White x Nike Air Max 1
To get things rolling, check out these pure fire Off-White x Nike Air Max 1s by Melbourne based sneaker customiser BespokeIND. Embellishing the classic low top sneaker with design elements such as an elongated Swoosh that wraps around the heel, black bars stitched from the eyelets to the midsoles, yellow overlays adorned near the toecaps, and Nike A.G. branding tags affixed to the tongue portions, this custom truly is a work of art, and we’re hoping that Virgil will take some notes.
Palace x Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Human Race
We showcased this insane custom back in May of last year, and we’re still absolutely crazy about it. A concept designed by the one and only Argo Concepts, this Palace x Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Human Race is every sneakerhead’s wet dream. Utilising the Human Race’s iconic silhouette, a large Palace badge is present on the lateral side, whilst a vibrant floral pattern graces the stretchy upper for an understated yet unique aesthetic. To add to this, this crep sits on top of a full length Boost midsole for added comfort with every stride. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton x Air Jordan 1
Carefully crafted by Orlando based sneaker artisan Jester from Red Ribbon Recon, these Supreme x Louis Vuitton x Air Jordan 1s were produced using the red denim baseball jersey from the ultra coveted Supreme x Louis Vuitton collection. However, these kicks aren’t like your conventional custom, as a slew of premium materials have also been introduced into the mix, including vegetable tan leather tongue tags, satin printed tongues, lambskin leather Swooshes, and lambskin sock liners. We need this to happen.
Off-White x adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2
Masterfully combining the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 with the bold aesthetic of Off-White, custom artist Huy Le has created an ultra clean piece of art that you can wear on your feet. Utilising a pair of ‘Creams’ as its foundation, this custom features an off white silhouette, with a pair of striking black laces running along the Primeknit upper. This is complemented by bold orange accents, which is a trademark feature famously found on Virgil Abloh’s pieces. How dope is that?
Supreme x Nike Air VaporMax
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Nike Air VaporMax has been one of, if not the best sneaker silhouette to drop in recent months, and we think this fire Supreme x Nike Air VaporMax custom does the model justic. Dreamed up by Bruce Hatoo, the creps make use of a clean white Flyknit upper, with bold accents of red present on the Swoosh logo, the heel portion, as well as on the iconic full length Air unit down below. Without a doubt, the pièce de résistance is the big and bold Supreme logo which is encapsulated inside the midsole. This custom is pure fuego.
adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Industry Collection‘
Back in October, Cleveland’s renowned sneaker store The Restock teamed up with JBF Customs for the truly one of a kind adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Industry Collection‘. Constructed of fabric sourced from local factories, premium leather is used throughout the silo, with hits of suede featuring around the side panels for an extra luxurious touch. But wait, there’s more, the ‘Industry Collection’ come in a unique ‘sneaker pallet‘, complete with bright red warning stickers. Talk about thinking outside the box.
Stone Island x Air Jordan 12
Coming fresh from Dominic Chambrone, better known as The Shoe Surgeon, these custom Stone Island x Air Jordan 12 sneakers are what dreams are made of. As a masterclass in sneaker recreation, these customs were constructed out of an actual Stone Island jacket, visible around the ridged lacing column and heel counter, as well as a pair of the brand’s denim trousers. The customs have also retained the sleeve cuffs of the jacket from which the rest of its design was constructed, to create an internally set, sock like ankle collar. Absolutely insane.
adidas Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Jasper’
While we’re talking about The Shoe Surgeon, you need to check out the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Jasper’. Flawlessly showing off his wealth of experience, the customs are inspired by 2009’s Kanye West x Louis Vuitton ‘Jasper’, and features a luxurious Italian suede upper which was handcrafted to perfection. Around the back, a light brown heel tab can be seen, which is reminiscent of the brown heel piece that was present on the original LV ‘Jaspers’. The attention to detail is truly breathtaking.
Nike Air VaporMax ‘VaporWave’
Inspired by esteemed Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s famed ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa‘, also known as ‘The Great Wave’ or simply ‘The Wave’, this Nike Air VaporMax custom by New York City based sneaker artist Ceeze features a colour scheme which comprises of various shades of blue and light purple, with an intricate impression of Hokusai’s legendary art piece present on the heel to side panel region. One of the best customs we’ve seen in a while, the ‘VaporWave‘ is every sneakerhead’s wet dream.
Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Chinese New Year’
To finish things off, The Remade and YEENJOY STUDIO have created a pure fire custom that really takes the cake. Aptly dubbed the Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Chinese New Year’, “CN¥” marks both the medial and lateral sides of the shoes, cleverly using a Chinese Renminbi symbol as the “Y”. Crafted from premium Italian leather, the model features a special thermal material used to create the “CN¥” which changes to a golden gradient when exposed to heat. A fitting feature for a fire shoe.
What do you think of our list of the top ten on feet shots of the week? Do you agree with it or do you think there should be a few more worthy mentions? Let us know in the comments below, and if you’re interested in other articles like this, you should check out our list of the top ten sneakers we’re hyped for this year!