Coming up on being 5 years old Custom Kicks by MAKI is still a should-be-staple in any sneaker customizer’s library. Released in 2008 by the small design and illustration studio named MAKI based in Groningen, Netherlands and published by Laurence King Publishing this is the first book dedicated to nothing but sneaker customization. After customizing their own shoes Kim and Matthijs decided to a curate list of artist and those that have customized shoes. Some pairs were made specifically for the book and others made previously. With over 150 artists in the book there is over 320 color images from those who’ve made a name as a “sneaker customizer” like: Andre Trenier, Josh Wisdumb, LEYP, TTK, Lazy, Astoria VIII, 1of Customs, Sekure D and Sole Junkie. By not focusing on those that only worked on shoes they opened to door to names like: Dave White, INSA, SKWAK, Jeremyville, and NoPattern. The main focus are the photos and descriptions but there is a few tips on starting simple customizing, how to lace your sneakers differently and a brief idea of the kind of impact customizing had made up to that point.
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