The Best Five Custom Sneakers for April 2017

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.

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The KITH Ultra Boost Mid ‘Aspen’ Arrives 31st December

Despite making its debut back in 2015, the adidas Ultra Boost remains one of the company’s most sought-after silhouettes.

We’re now onto the third iteration of the sneaker, which boasts updated features like a new, more-streamlined Primeknit upper and frosty translucent cage alongside a slew of new colourways. It retains the DNA of the original, but adds flourishes and subtle touches to reinterpret what the Ultra Boost is – it’s gone from a hyper-focused running shoe, to the lifestyle sneaker of choice to everyone from Kanye West to, er, Jonah Hill.

One Ultra Boost that’s stolen all the headlines as of late, however, is the brand-new KITH Ultra Boost Mid, part of Ronnie Fieg’s Aspen Collection. This is the first time the sneaker has ever appeared as a mid-top, and the results are spectacular. Sure, it looks a little like a Christmas sweater, but there’s no denying adding a sock upper to the Ultra Boost sole is a winning combination (and one that the UB Uncaged missed the mark on…)

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Supply of the Mid is heavily restricted, appearing at certain adidas Consortium accounts on 31st December – in some cases, only one pair per size is available.

So good luck. Resale for the sneaker is hovering right around the £450/$500 mark, so if you do miss out and can’t live without them, they’re not as unattainable as, say, the Nike Air MAG, the Yeezy Red October or the ever-elusive Sex and the City Nike Air Presto (yes, really.)

Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Bred’ Returns This September

The Jordan 1 ‘Bred’ is a sneaker that has a cult following unlike any other.

It achieved notoriety in the 1980s when it was said to have been ‘banned’ by the NBA (who fined Michael Jordan $5,000 each time he wore the sneaker, as it deviated from the Association-approved ‘uniformity of uniform rule’ which states that ‘a player must wear shoes that not only matched their uniforms, but matched the shoes worn by their teammates.” Nike allegedly footed the bill each time the fine was issued.) The story has become a thing of legend, and is still one of the most-enduring sneaker stories told today. Nike even released the ‘Jordan 1 ‘Banned” in 2011, which featured an embossed ‘X’ on the heel panel to pay homage to the story. Continue reading →

adidas Futurecraft ‘Tailored Fibre’

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You may remember that in 2015, adidas debuted the first sneaker made entirely of reclaimed ocean waste.

Now, the brand with the three stripes has embarked on a whole new method of designing and manufacturing their footwear, one which allows the sneakers to be individually tuned to the needs of the wearer – be it a runner or footballer. Continue reading →