One of the ways that customizer headrunner Dan Gamache makes headlines is by altering base shoes that are deemed untouchable by many. It’s a clever and bold approach. His recent attempt at the most coveted shoe of last year - and a silhouette that is still one of the hardest to find in all of streetwear - is the Nike MAG 2011 for the Michael J. Fox fundraising auction put on by Nike and eBay. Well, Mache did what Mache does, and altered the shoe into a custom that will sit proudly in his portfolio forever more. It’s not a heavy alteration, but that’s not the point with a base this rare.
The artist has brought custom sneakers to the forefront, and recently spoke with Nicekicks on the topic in a great interview detailing a huge shift in the public reception of the art.
ADIDAS ORIGINALS “LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP” CELEBRATES DESIGNER MARKUS THALER
In a short film following the life and expressing the philosophies of Markus Thaler, one of the original designers and disciple of Adi Dassler himself, adidas Originals’ The “Legacy of Craftsmanship” introduces a new bloodline of premium designers while giving fans an look behind the scenes to a few custom pairs of sneakers for adidas partners.
The designer developed some of the brand’s most cherished designs and you can see why when you listen to the passion behind the man, who is soon to retire after some 40 years in the game.
Under the guidance of Markus Thaler, adidas Originals has always encouraged its designers to learn all aspects of footwear manufacture, from traditional methods of shoemaking to the technical innovations that allow them to push boundaries.
Liberty and Nike collaborate yearly on a project based on floral designs with expressive colorways. The England-based company’s latest release sees a bright red suede design wrapping a floral print canvas with white details throughout for contrast. A black outsole subtly completes the look.
The Jack Purcell boat shoe released by Converse is everything that a boat shoe is about. It’s cheap, stylish, and maintains subtle tones in a casual makeup of predominately canvas material. The shoe features bronze eyelets and a vulcanized sole, with rope laces that wrap around the outside of the shoe for some extra Summer flair. You can pick the shoes up now at Mr. Porter for just $80.
The Toki dropped in 2008 on the verge of a rise in popularity fo the chukka-style sneaker. Since its release, the model has become one of Nike’s more popular sneakers, largely because of its relatively low price. This month a new Summer colorway releases with a vulcanized sole and subtle off-white canvas upper. The pre-stained look of the midsole sets of a fleece-like liner to make the shoes as comfortable as they look smooth.
The Nike Air Max Barkley is a shoe that has been dropping in various colorways all year. The orange from the last release is gone, while the grey that has been introduced into Suns’ uniforms since Barkley’s departure takes up the majority of the new design. The shoe is now available at Nike retailers at $130 and features shades of grey and white throughout.
Durant is killing it in the Playoffs so far. But the dominant forward has a soft side, as well, and his signature shoes have always displayed that. The Nike Zoom KD IV is full of touches like his parents’ names and that of a childhood coach, but the newest colorway of the sneaker really shows how much of a softy the big guy really is. The new “Aunt Pearl” design is named after the star’s Aunt who was taken by breast cancer.
The all-pink upper is reminiscent of the Think Pink breast cancer initiative, while a print of pearls sits on the heel with obvious allusions. The shoes will drop everywhere on May 12th.
JUN WATANABE X ATMOS X TAMIYA X REEBOK INSTA PUMP FURY/RC CAR
Bold colors match an even bolder print in these spotted Insta Pump Fury sneakers from Reebok in collaboration with Jun Watanabe, toymaker TAMIYA and retailer atmos from Japan. The shoes are made up of synthetic leather and nylon on a purple and pink sole. A matching TAMIYA RC Monster Car is coming out alongside the shoes with matching colorway and design. The shoe is out now for about $228 while the limited edition RC is around $162.
The Hyperfuse model of Nike’s Air Max 90 sits as one of the brand’s more popular silhouettes, and with the Olympic theme being one of Nike’s more favorite choices of late, it makes sense that we would see a combination of the two. Released alongside the Nike Air Max 95+ BB “Olympic,” this sneaker may prove to be more popular, if less linear in its design. It holds true in the same manner to the colors of the traditional Olympic flag, with red, yellow, green, blue, and black and white interspersed about the shoe. Similarly to the 95+ BB model, you can expect these sneakers to drop in plenty of time for you to pack them for your trip to London for the Games in July.
The Nike SB Eric Koston One carries not only the name of one of the most important skaters of all time, from a brand that studied skating culture for years before it put its first skate shoe on the market, but the sneaker also carries a long history of compelling designs. As only a brand as huge as Nike could do, function meets fashion in a sneaker that has proven to be one of the more versatile designs in skate shoes to date. The newest model is a simple white and gum colorway, decked out in suede with perforated leather. You can buy the shoe online now at overseas retailers.