The Most Original Sneaker Customizers In The Game
While most Sneakerheads are happy to just cop pieces, there are those who think they can do better. Most can’t in all honesty but there are some great talents out there. The best Sneaker Customizers out there add something nobody else does to their kicks. Here are some of the most original sneaker customizers flipping shoes right now.
You don’t get a lot of people starting from the bottom in the Sneakers. C2 Custom is a bit of an anomaly there. He started out customizing kicks he picked up in thrift shops and ended up with a Time Magazine feature when he was 15. Chris Hui brings an awareness of sneaker culture you can only get from someone who lives it. Stylistically he works on hugely different pieces but each one is a representation of the best parts of sneaker trends.
Sabotage got a lot of attention for his Nike collab back in 2006 but he came up customising kicks. He won Nike’s custom competition to get his shot and has established a huge brand off the back of it. He’s not only one of the biggest sneaker customizers around, he’s one of the most influential people in the Industry having spread between collabs on sneakers and peripherals.
Methamphibian’s animated details have more in common with kids in the early nineties sketching on their Vans than traditional sneaker culture. Still, the guy has made it a trademark and combined the energy of drawing on your kicks with a high quality look. They’ve captured a very specific side of sneaker culture that tends to be lost against the reverence for keeping your kicks clean.
He’s one of the OG sneaker customizers and has kept that flare throughout his career.
Nobody’s customs look like Diversitile’s. They brings more classical art influence to their kicks that anyone else. The results are some of the sickest pieces around. The mishmash of greco-roman statues on marbled textures might not be the most versatile styles. They look sick on their own though and can make the right fit look great.
Their recent horror film inspired kicks take a pop culture spin on their style. They’ve proving they aren’t a one trick pony, even if the trick is great.
Dank Customs have hit the mark on pieces for everything from LeBron to Star Wars. Jake Danklefs isn’t one to be held down by style and his pieces take a pretty broad scope.
Sneakers aren’t the most obvious platform for political messages. Van Monroe has cornered the market with pieces for the likes of Afeni Shakur and Barack Obama. There aren’t many Sneakerheads who’ve used that avenue to make their way into other areas but Van Monroe has pulled it off without losing his roots.
When you see the kind of things that Villenueva does with lights on his customs, you wonder why more sneaker customizers don’t follow his lead. He uses LEDs to make some of the futuristic looking pieces around. He makes the lights incredibly versatile from small details to really blatant pieces.
Most sneaker customizers lack the level of materials to pull off the quality of big brands. JBF are almost the exception to the rule. They release luxury customs of creps with high quality materials that look more professional than the basic models they started with.
Revive’s sneakers look like someone threw a bunch of ideas into one pair but they make it work. There’s a whole generation of imitators failing at what Revive seem to be able to bang out off the cuff.