Cole Haan x fragment design Lunargrand Saddle “Knicks” Customs by Revive Customs

Evan of Revive Customs got on Spike Lee‘s radar back in February 2013 with the release of the Nike Air Revolution “Radio Raheem” customs, inspired by a character in Spike’s film, Do The Right Thing. Soon after, he collaborated with Cole Haan on a pair of Lunargrand Wingtips that honored the history of the brand. Now, the trifecta is complete.

To celebrate the #1 Knicks fan’s birthday, we have the Cole Haan x fragment design Lunargrand Saddle “Knicks” Customs by Revive Customs. This time using the “Cole Haan & fragment design LunarGrand Saddle” as a base, Evan painted this New York Knicks inspired pair with a colorway

Air Jordan 3 “Cork” by District Customs

The Nike Lebron 10 Cork was one of the most anticipated sneakers we’ve seen in a while and naturally that translates into inspiration for sneaker customizers. The most recent artist to tackle the Cork theme is District Customs with this pair of Air Jordan 3s. Taking the White Cement 3 as a base, District Customs spent 60 long hours engraving and painting the tumbled leather upper to resemble the porous cork material. The tongue, liner and mudguard feature a deep brown while the tongue liner has been dyed a wine-tone, continuing with the classy theme.  DC also included reversible cork/gold dubres, designer wooden  shoetrees, custom hand tags, and a custom engraved wooden slide box with a golden plate and leather strap.

Cole Haan x Revive Customs LunarGrand Wingtip


If you thought customs were only for sneakers, think again. Revive Customs is making major moves with this sample art piece for Cole Haan. For those unfamiliar, Cole Haan is a fashion label founded in Chicago as a men’s footwear company. The company has since expanded into apparel, women’s footwear, belts, handbags, and various other high quality goods. Using the stylish leather LunarGrand Wingtip as a base, Evan of Revive Customs crafted this pair to pay homage to the brand’s history. “1928” on the vamps signify the year that the company was founded, and the numbers were painted onto cows that represent the high quality leather Cole Haan uses in their footwear. The designs seen covering the majority of the shoes, as well as the phrase “especially made for Cole Haan” on the heels, were inspired by shoe dressing boxes of the 1900s and other vintage accoutrements, a balanced marriage of old and new.

Nike Air “Spurs” Unlimited by Jai Cruz of Revive Customs


Revive Customs has been expanding their company as of late. Jai Cruz is now the head of the Revive Restorations department and is making his official debut with this restoration/sole swap of a pair of 1994 Nike Air Unlimiteds. Jai swapped the old soles and replaced them with fresh ones from a pair of Emerald Nike Air Force 180s. Jai used the Deep Emerald hits of the shoe as inspiration and painted the uppers with the vintage logo of the San Antonio Spurs, three horizontal “paint swipes” of emerald, bright pink, and mango that signified the vibrant personality of the city and honored the strong Mexican/Chicano population.

Nike Air Jordan IV “Snow Sniper” by FreakerSneaks

FreakerSneaks is having a love affair with fur right now. If you made it to this year’s Sneakerness then you probably saw his Air Jordan IV Grinch customs up close. To follow the love (and hate) he received from that pair, FreakerSneaks now presents the Nike Air Jordan IV “Snow Sniper.”

The upper features a white camouflage design, complete with a sniper toting Camo Jumpman on the tongue tag (very Inception-esque). The heels feature a sniper scope graphic and “3-9X50,” the model number of the Snow Sniper’s scope. FreakerSneaks lined the entire shoe with white fur that peeks out around the ankle and above the toebox.

#CKIP on Instagram


Don’t forget to tag and check for photos of in-progress customs on Instagram with the hashtag #CKIP. Here are a few artists who have shared their work recently, follow them and us @paintorthread

Nike Roshe Run “Snakeskin” Custom by Emilio Zuniga


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.

Nike Lebron X “Tommy Boy” by Revive Customs


When Evan of Revive Customs is not painting, you can probably find him around Brooklyn, digging in crates to find the perfect vinyl for his collection. He loves music almost as much as he loves sneakers and a glimpse at his eclectic mix of records verifies that. Somewhere amongst Issac Hayes’ “Hot Buttered Soul,” The Chamber Brothers “New Generation,” and Quincy Jones’ “Walking In Space” lies the inspiration for this pair.