In last week’s edition of 10 Special Custom Sneaker Releases, we took a look at a handful of custom creations that saw some of the most relevant names in the world of high fashion and streetwear collide. This time around, we bring to light more collaborative concepts using a various mix of silhouettes. While Air Force 1s and YEEZYs manage to crack our list yet again, the past seven days have given way to a batch of brand new reworks featuring models such as the KD9, Harden Vol.1, not to mention a pair of Y-3s. In this week’s feature, we introduce some hybrid sneaker variations, while spotlighting some artist-centric designs. Let us know in the comment section below which pair you would like to see hit production.
Chad Cantcolor Jordan Romaleos 3
Chad Cantcolor selects Nike’s weightlifting Romaleos 3 silhouette and ups its style factor by applying the signature elephant print from the Air Jordan 3. The striking print in tandem with the white Swoosh do well to accentuate the shoe’s all-black base. A playful jab at his own name, Chad goes on to display his clean freehand painting skills.
adidas HARDEN Vol.1 WarBird
Throwing it back to old school planes of the war-torn past is MelonKicks SneakerStudio with the adidas HARDEN Vol.1 WarBird. While James Harden’s signature shoe sports a stark white front area, MelonKicks transformed the clean canvas into a bold graphic — jagged teeth and all — reminiscent of the nostalgic fighter planes.
Donnell McFadden Brooks Y-3 Qasa x VLONE
A project that combines the Y-3 Qasa High along with elements that pay homage to A$AP Bari and his VLONE imprint, Donnell McFadden Brooks assembles a shoe that is as eclectic as is impactful. A silhouette many consider eccentric in its own right, the orange-hued highlights landing on the sole and straps seem to only enhance Yohji Yamamoto’s signature sneaker.
JBF Customs KD9 Blue Python
Kevin Durant’s KD9 is yet another model making our list for the first time. Applying a premium luxury upgrade to these low top Zoom kicks, is the tumbled off-white leather finding its way onto the frontside upper and heel with the statement blue python leather seen here on the rear. Completing the mock-up is the clean white sole unit with the tinges of red peaking out from the air cushion.
TRAGIK MCMXCIII atmos Huarache
Surrounding the hype that has ensued following the lead-up and launch of the
True Blue Customs KAWS x SF-AF1
One of the more artistic reworks we’ve seen to date is this KAWS x Nike SF-AF1 hybrid courtesy of True Blue Customs. This timely masterpiece features the Special Field Air Force 1 silhouette but also incorporates decorative accents made popular by none other than the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS. His infamous Dissected Companion figure is applied to the outer heal while renderings from his “No Reply” set land on the inner heals.
The Shoe Surgeon Air Jordan 1 Field Boot
Gracing our list yet again is The Shoe Surgeon with his take on a Nike SF-AF1 x Air Jordan 1 hybrid. Utilizing the lower half of the AJ1 model, the upper portion takes on the characteristics of the Special Field Air Force 1 Boot, creating a rugged yet streamlined lifestyle option. Complementing its somber jet black finish is the subtle trace of brown hitting the outsole.
Garrett Moon VLONE x YEEZY BOOST 350
The second custom rework to feature Young Lord’s VLONE imprint is this YEEZY BOOST 350 creation. Artist Garrett Moon from Moonwalker Customs opts for a triple black pair of 350s and applies splashes of orange. VLONE’s signature “FRIENDS” tag finds its way onto the side panel streak, while the brand logo sits squarely on the tongue.
Donnell McFadden Brooks Keith Haring 750
Showcasing his work earlier, we turn the spotlight once again to Donnell McFadden Brooks with these imaginative YEEZY BOOST 750 customs. Honoring the work of the late, great Keith Haring, the hi-top BOOSTs take on the revered artist’s graffiti-style caricatures along the front strap, toecaps and along the rear.
Kenneth Cole Customs “Paul Walker” Air Max 90
Paying homage to Paul Walker and The Fast and the Furious franchise is this racing-inspired design from Kenneth Cole Customs. Playing into the Air Max hysteria leading up to the much-anticipated Air Max Day, we see this AM90 iteration take on design elements from the Nissan GT-R racer used in the film series. Mimicking the same color scheme as the car, the shoe takes on a deep blue base with black accents landing on the topside upper, heel and side panel branding.