FREAKER SNEAKS “END OF AN ERA” CUSTOM JORDAN V LASER X REEBOK ALIFE PUMPS
Sneaker customizer Freaker Sneaks has been in both the sneaker game and the customs game for a long time, and decided he was getting tired of what he was seeing on both fronts. With sneaker collecting devolving to a level of sitting in front of your computer being told what’s hyped and then beasting your way to a pair, the game has turned into a popularity contest where only those with the most hype bait are revered.
Customs have suffered a similar and related fate; since the trend of sneaker blogs like Nice Kicks picking up only customs based on Lebron 9s, Kobe VIIs, and Foamposites crammed together with South Beach, Galaxy, and NERF themes, the customizing world has turned into one where only those with the strongest hype radar survive.
Freaker got tired of this, and decided to do something unheard of. For years, touching an Air Jordan was all but illegal in sneaker customizing. Until Mizzee and others made it acceptable in the mid 2000s, no one would dare work on Js. A similar feeling is present for any shoes with holy grail status like the alife x Reebok Pumps, which not only feature the neon orange tennis ball felt, but real pumps in the tongues as well.
With both of these pairs on ice, beckoning to never be sold with the never-ending promise of an increased price point if he waited just ten years to sell them, Freaker decided to do the unthinkable and mix two different brands with a tongue swap and midsole color flip. The result is an incredibly inspired and unique pair of sneakers that will surely polarize all sneaker communities, though his response in customizing circles has been very positive thus far. What do you think?