For as long as there have been sneakers, there have been sneaker customisers.
Back in the day, adding a splash of paint, removing a logo or otherwise modifying your sneakers was one of the best, and most creative, ways to stand out on the street.
Nowadays though, with brands collaborating on every silhouette under the sun, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find new and unique ways to wear your creps. Every colourway has been done (there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Air Max 1 colourways) and it takes more than just a Sharpie and a Pritt-Stick to turn heads, especially amongst sneakerheads who have seen it all before.
Accordingly, this paved the way for sneaker customisers. Able to cut, sew, replace and refinish every aspect of a sneaker, these urban Bob Rosses are bringing back a world where originality can flourish, and your imagination can run wild – if you have the cash to pay for it.
Below are the top five sneakers that have undergone the custom treatment. Five sneakers, five customisers, five masterpieces.