9 Sneaker Customs That Should Release Officially

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - Pigalle x Nike Air Force 1 (Sid By Sid)
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Ever since sneakers became a fashion statement a couple of decades ago, designers catered to pretty much every thinkable audience. This brought us a steadily growing variety of styles, with only a couple of boundaries that limit creativity. Trademark protected imagery. And of course collaborations between rivalling sports brands. Then there’s also always the business aspect, with some designs not making the cut since there simply isn’t a market big enough for them. But all of these ifs and buts don’t matter when it comes to sneaker customs.

Bespoke makeovers of our favorite silhouettes show us what could be if it wasn’t for mundane factors like profitability, legal security or widespread appeal. They’re the resuluts of creative sandboxing, following the paths that remain impassable for those that play by the rules. And while customizers tend to overdo it from time to time, they still remind us that we shouldn’t take us and our passion for sneakers too serious. In addition, some sneaker customs are just too good to be 1-of-1s. That’s why we browsed through Instagram and picked out a couple of shoes that we think should definitely enter serial production.

Title image via @sidbysid_custom


Nike Tuned “Bi-Color” by l.s_customs

Tuned Air meets a tuned upper. Nike actually did several sort-of multicolor variants of the TN, but none of them hits quite as hard as this one. The mismatched design with inverted colors emphasizes the model’s unique upper pattern in a way that few official releases did.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - Nike Tuned Bi-Color (by ls_customs)
@l.s_customs

Nike x VANS Old Skool by Katty Customs

Even though both brands come from different backgrounds, the Jazz Stripe and the Swoosh go together pretty well in practice. And that eye-catching cartoon style perfectly embodies both the “Off The Wall” and “Just Do It” slogans.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - Nike x VANS Old Skool (by Katty Customs)
@kattycustoms

adidas Crazy BYW x Hu NMD x POD x Futurecraft 4D by John Trottier

Even though this one’s a mere concept rather than an actual custom, it might as well be an actual adidas release. Two of the most interesting signature models sitting on a midsole that combines BOOST and Futurecraft? Come on, this shouldn’t remain a “Never Made” sneaker in every sense of the word.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - adidas Crazy BYW x Hu NMD x POD x Futurecraft 4D (by John Trottier)
@johnnyskicks_

Nike Air Force 1 x Pigalle Playground by Sid By Sid

It’s almost a little odd that every Instagram photographer’s favorite basketball court hasn’t been turned into an official sneaker yet. Given Pigalle founder Stephane Ashpool’s love for basketball and established connection with Nike, the Air Force 1 seems like a natural fit. And the execution on these is just perfect.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - Nike Air Force 1 x Pigalle Playground (by Sid By Sid)
@sidbysid_custom

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Venom” by Mr. Simply Custom

YEEZY customs are a tough one to pull off, let’s be honest. Hypebeasts ran the silhouette itself into the ground, while lazy customizers that plastered the shoe with LV monograms, Gucci logos and Virgil quotation marks then managed to tip it over the edge. Morever, comic-inspired sneaker customs are always on the brink of ending up super-corny. However, this “Venom” version puts a fresh twist on the 350 V2 and just nails the design cues taken from the Marvel villain.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Venom (by Mr Simply Custom)
@mr.s.custom

ASICS GEL-LYTE III “World Map” by Certified Custom Lifestyle

Yeah, this has been done before just recently. But check out the details on this ASICS custom. The execution almost tops the real deal by atmos and the slight yellowing throughout the upper add an aura of antiquity. Brilliant job.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - ASICS GEL-LYTE III World Map (by Certified Custom Lifestyle)
@certified_custom_lifestyle

Nike Waffle Trainer “sacai” by pugsandkicks

A lot of us caught an L on one of the most celebrated-slash-coveted collabs of 2019. “Self do, self have” is the way to go then. And if the exaggerated sole wasn’t your thing to begin with, you might like this makeover of the classic Waffle Trainer even better than the actual sacai collab.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - Nike Waffle Trainer sacai (by pugsandkicks)
@pugsandkicks

adidas YEEZY 700 “Bred” by Huycustoms

Come one Ye, we know you still got love for this classic colorway. And if there was any doubt that it works on the YEEZY 700, Exhibit A right here should settle all of them.

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - adidas YEEZY 700 Bred (by Huycustoms)
@huycustoms

New Balance x Balenciaga Track 990 V4 by Michael Cutini

When worlds collide… the original dad sneaker meets the overstated high fashion track shoe of today. Given the two contrasting basic ingredients, this unlikely hybrid looks surprisingly dope. Just imagine the whole shoe being finished in New Balanace‘s “Made In USA” quality…

Sneaker Customs Release Officially - New Balance x Balenciaga Track 900 V4 (by Michael Cutini)
@michael_cutini
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