How often do you look at stuff you see everyday and think, “hmmm how would that design look on a sneaker?” For the sneaker customizer with a good eye for design the skill of recreating a theme or look on a sneaker without a blatant logo or graphic is something to be proud of. This latest custom along those subtle design inspiration ways by Maggie of FGcustoms may remind those in the know of a Air Force 1 look-a-like Menthol design by artist ARI in 2006. This pair though the concept is less on making a statement or mocking branding but instead creating a freshly influenced design.
As the custom sneaker world grows and certain customizers focus on a niche skill the amount of collaborations will only increase. An often seen custom is that of a colorswap, but instead of just a color change @ammoskunk and SewnUpSoles went a bit further to be filed under the “hybrid” classification. Titled “Air Yeezy IV Revelation” this retro Air Jordan IV has been mashed up with that of an Nike Air Yeezy II. What started out as a Jordan IV retro in the military blue colorway now has the look of the Yeezy II’s black/solar red colorway starting with an all black upper.
Inspiration comes from all places. For DeJesus Customs their latest custom work comes inspired by the way of eccentric rapper Trinidad James and his look from the video for his single All Gold Everything along with the work of another sneaker customizer. What started as an all white Pure Money $ AJ IV is now titled T.Jame$ 4 featuring an hand painted upper of bright red for the most part.
Released yesterday on Christmas Eve just in time for the Grinch to maybe stop Christmas Day these Air Jordan IV customs by FreakerSneaks go above simply painting a themes colorway. The bitter cave dwelling Grinch from Mount Crumpit who’s most signature feature is his green fur was mimicked inside the sockliner, tongues, and replaced the mesh netting with a green dyed rabbit fur. The previously red and white Air Jordan IV was painted shades of green with red painted on the toe mudguards. Hand painted details of The Grinch’s sinister smile and yellow eyes can be seen on the back heel with the red and white stripped Dr. Suess hat on the other shoe. Lastly the Air Jordan Flight tongue tags were replaced with those of The Grinch disguised as Santa in Jordan silhouette form.
In celebration of The Game’s album release yesterday titled Jesus Piece, Dan of Mache Customs created a custom Air Jordan “player exclusive” style for the Los Angeles rapper. What was known as Game’s favorite Jordan model, the IV, Mache used the recent black/red retro release transforming the entire black suede upper into a toro bravo red to start. Next details of a hand painted GAME logo and Jesus piece were placed on the outer heels. Last touches of the album artwork grace the insoles with custom lasered shoelace deubrés made by his friend at Absolelute.com.
The years were 1989 and 1991, Michael Jordan and David Robinson, the Air Jordan IV debuted first and the Nike Air Command Force a couple years later. MJ continued to sell shoes obviously while Mr. Robinson never gained that status that could sell his own signature shoe. Surely Robinson influenced some sales. But Woody Harrelson playing as Billy Hoyle rocking the Command Force in White Men Can’t Jump is considered more significant than anything that happened in them around Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. Yet for emmanueLabor this custom combining the both pairs was a way to bring him back to his childhood.
The past couple months Elom of Ecentrik Artistry has made the Air Jordan 4 retro a go-to base shoe for his mirrored colorway customs. First was a new look on the South Beach colorway next was a remix of the Doernbecher 4s while this time gives a recent Son of Mars color scheme a sibling titled Bro of Mars. The former Military Blue AJ 4 was first changed with a deep shade of yellow on the wings and heel Jumpman logos. Next up to mirror the Son of Mars was to add elephant print across the toe mudguards. Lastly a covering of cool gray was painted on the formerly off white upper. The perfect custom pair if you love the original pictured below.