It is refreshing when two parties at the top of their respective crafts come together for special project. Once again Australian sneaker customizer Sekure D was commissioned by fellow Aussie Illusionist Cosentino to create a 1 of a kind pair of custom kicks. After a recent collaboration with the playing card company Bicycle, Cosentino wanted something to represent the look of a deck of cards on a sneaker. As with most of his work over the years Sekure D painted along a fine line of re-imagining a theme in sneaker form while also fitting in some of his own signature design aesthetics. The thought put into his design is obvious from looking at them but read from his perspective how his creative process took place:
“The challenge here was that one, I didn’t want to resort to just painting cards on a shoe as that’s lazy and has been done and secondly there is obviously a large amount of white space on a card, and for anyone who designs sneakers you will know that white often translates to empty even where it is an intentional choice of colour.
After many hours of brainstorming the concept came to me, I split the shoe into two halves much like the Scarface or Halloween Air Force Ones only a lot less obviously. The lateral sides were dedicated to the red suits while the medials were then dedicated to the black suits with each pip being placed at the front of the shoe. The blue and gold is a tie in to the original packets for the decks but the hardest part in executing this design was the heel panel, each pattern represents the outfit of the King in that suit. Finally the original Bicycle logo and Cosentino logos were placed on the heels of the sneaker and the white panels were broken up with a monotone Carnage print.
To compliment the shoes and make them fit into Cosentino’s amazing magic museum that he has in his warehouse I also made a wooden display box with foam inserts as a surprise. I couldn’t be happier with how these came out especially since they were such a design challenge for me.” – Sekure D
Wow. The details put into a process such as this is how sneaker customizers, and artists for that matter get the chance to work on these types of projects. You can find out more about Cosentino at http://www.cosentino.com.au and Sekure via www.SekureD.com. Be sure to follow Sekure on Instagram too @Sekure_D