Just as popular and ever-present in the sneaker game as retros and new silhouettes, customs have carved their own niche in the grand scheme of kick culture. So much so,
Back in the ’80s, Converse was a major player in the basketball sneaker market. When the Celtics and Lakers met in the 1984, 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals, it seemed each year as if every player on the floor was wearing Converse. The two biggest stars in the rivalry were Larry Bird and Magic Johnson – #33 country boy against #32 city slicker, Larry’s iconic black Converse against Magic’s white and purple PEs. The two Hall of Famers had epic battles on the hardwood, and to commemorate their rivalry, Orravan Design has created the Bird and Johnson-inspired Converse Pro Leather “Larry vs. Magic” Custom. These fully hand painted pieces of art with each legend’s full face on the side were created with an artistic vision to convey Bird and Magic’s legacies. As it always has been, Bird’s side uses a black base with Celtics accents and Magic’s is set in white with Lakers contrast.
Animal prints have invaded the sneaker world. Always on the hunt for inspiration, customizers have definitely jumped on the animal motif train. The latest installment of Custom Countdown showcases just how much the trend has leaked into the imagination of customizers. Scroll through The Best Custom Sneakers of June, and let us know what you think the best of the month was.
It seems as if April showers did bring May flowers, at least if you’re talking about bouquets of custom kicks. In this edition of Custom Countdown, we recap and rank the best custom sneakers from the month of May. Scroll through and let us know what you thought were the best pair of custom sneakers this past month.
Mr. Wisdumb brings back a classic project of his and slaps it onto an Air Jordan 1.
Air Jordan 11 “Gold Brick” by Kickasso
These were made specifically for Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns. So, shouldn’t these be called the “Brown Brick” Air Jordan 11 Custom?
Nike LeBron X Elite “Grand Hustle” by Kickasso
Made for T.I. or T.I.P, whichever the Atlanta native wants to be called, these LeBron Xs features a plethora of colors to make for a vibrant pair of customs.
Air Jordan 11 Low “Playoffs” by SoleOnCanvas
These Air Jordan 11 Low “Playoffs” Custom are such a tease. Don’t worry though, in case Jordan Brand doesn’t manufacture these for retail, you can hit up @SoleOnCanvas to have your own personal pair.
Nike Roshe Run “Reflector” by PK Zuniga
This pair of Nike Roshe Runs may not look like much at first, but during the night is when they shine. With a red upper, the toebox and tongue are draped in a 3M reflective coat that blinds when light is shined on them.
Nike Air Foamposite One “Sole Collector/Knicks Mashup” by Smooth Tip
If the Knicks would have made it further in the playoffs, these Foamposite Customs would have more “pop” to them.
Air Jordan 11 “Olympic Rings” by Sole on Canvas
Air Jordan 7 “92 Champ” by El Cappy
Nike Roshe Run Black/Cement by JP Custom Kicks
Nike Zoom Revis by Brian Villenueva
Nike Air Max 1 “Dr. Doom” by jwdanklefs
Nike Air Max 1 “MF Doom” by jwdanklefs
Nike LeBron X “Hulk” Custom by JP Custom Kicks
Nike LeBron 9 “420″ by GourmetKickz
Nike Air Foamposite One “Purple Haze” by Smooth Tip Productions
Air Jordan 1 “Venetto” by Jake Ferrato< /h3>
Nike Air Foamposite One “E.T. Foam Home” by RBN
Air Jordan 4 “Yeezy Revelation” by Justin Douglas and Rob Cruz
Nike Air Foamposite One “Atlantic Blue 3M” by Sole Swap
Nike LeBron 9 Elite “Bang A Like” by GourmetKickz
Vans Low Pro Era “True Blue” by JP Custom Kicks
Air Jordan 5 “Miami Vice” by Smooth Tip Productions
adidas D Rose 3 “Superhero” by JP Custom Kicks
Air Jordan 6 “Carnivore” by Ramses
Jordan Spizike “UNDFTD” by GourmetKickz
Nike LeBron X “Platinum” Yeezy Inspired by GourmetKickz
Nike LeBron 8 Low “Yeezy” by Mache
adidas Crazy 8 “Python” by Jake Ferrato
Air Jordan 6 “91 Champ” by El Cappy
Air Jordan 11 “Blackberry” by District Customs
Nike LeBron X “Bang A Like” by GourmetKickz
Nike Air Penny V “NASA” by AMAC Customs
Cole Haan Lunargrand Saddle “Knicks” by Revive Customs
Air Jordan 9 “Night Owl” by Sekure D
Nike LeBron X “Easter” by JParker Designs
Nike Air Foamposite One “Electrolime Lights” by Sole Swap
New Balance MT580 “Panda” by Zhijun Wang
Nike Zoom Rookie “Chinese Penny” by GourmetKickz
Nike Zoom KD IV “Before He Rose” by GourmetKickz
Air Jordan 6 “Cobra Commander” by Mache
Nike LeBron X “Spiderman” by JP Custom Kicks