We knew Nike Sportswear was bringing it back thanks to a preview of three Vintage suede makeups previewed last month here on Sneaker News, and today the Nike Bruin Mid makes its return in a more pristine form. Featuring a black suede upper paired with Signal Blue branding, the Bruin Mid’s tab-toe construction offers an alternative to the familiar blucher construction on the Blazer for another low-profile vulc-soled style that’s become one of today’s casual standards.
Nike KD4 ID x Yeezy II Make Your Sole Glow Customs by @GourmetKickz
The influence of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy is forever growing. Wouldn’t it be crazy to have had the Yeezy I and II released with no story of who “designed” them and see how well they’d sell? Regardless they hold a unique spot in design and color blocking amongst sneaker history so it is no wonder a custom here and there takes on their colorway. The latest is a KD4 customized by Chef of GourmetKickz, who didn’t want to take all the credit as the base shoe was an Nike ID chosen by his customer. The missing piece though to the black and solar red upper was the glow in the dark sole. Using his signature “Make Your Sole Glow” service Chef whipped up two pairs of these for his customer.
If you missed out on the Yeezy II and want your soles to glow contact Chef at GourmetKickz.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram @GourmetKickz
Mirror Mirror Custom Nike Dunks by Jason Bryant @BryantPaintings
Vines twirling around the shoes onto the wall and rose petals going to the ground as they fall. As part of a transition from regular canvas artist Jason Bryant added painting skate decks to his arsenal. Looking to use another unconventional canvas Bryant decided to use a high top Nike Dunk which was a natural choice considering the his long interest in Nike and skateboarding since the 1980s. The pair titled Mirror Mirror is part of his full exhibition Smoke and Mirrors at the Porter Contemporary Art Gallery in New York that explores moments of human weakness and deception in photo-realistic oil paintings of vintage film still shots combined with vintage skateboard inspired graphics.
Specifically for these Mirror Mirror Nike Dunks Bryant first primed the entire upper white prepping for a mirrored design on each shoe. The first graphics made were a hand painted image of 1940s and 50s actress June Allyson looking into her reflection, though with some obstruction. In the way of her view are bold painted roses, twisting vines, petals, and bones breaking through the surface of the shoes inspired from a 1990 Powell Peralta skate graphic. If viewed from the correct angle it appears the vines are reaching to the ceiling and petals flowing towards the floor on the blank gallery walls. A pair like this makes sneakers even more so PaintOrThread’s vote for the best choice to when trying to find a canvas to paint.
The Nike Air Penny V range just got a bit more interesting, sliding in an upcoming colorway with no clear connection to any of the teams that Penny Hardaway played for during his professional career. Not that the pair needs any sort of backstory, the tour yellow meets cool grey mixture is a head turner regardless of personal details involved, not to mention the slick graphics etched in around the upper and the midsole.
Nike Air Penny V Black/Black/Cool Grey-Tour Yellow 12/26/2012 $165
Nike Air Zoom Rookie “Raging Rookie” Custom by @GourmetKickz
In any line of business it is a good plan to be known for something. An even better plan is to be known for a few things. This latest custom by Chef of GourmetKickz is showcasing just one of the customizing features he has definitely worked to be known for: giving a modern technical athletic shoe, usually basketball, an entirely new upper finish. Previous pairs include his Custom Snakeskin Foamposites but this Nike Zoom Rookie got the suede treatment titled Raging Rookie.
Chef was inspired by the “Raging Bulls” all red suede Air Jordan V. The foamposite upper was covered in bright red suede using his signature “VT-Like” method for a seemless look and feel. To fit the AJ V concept even more reflective 3M Scotchlite style paint was added on the tongues and sidewall pods. From Chef, “The result is a clean custom that looks as if Penny and Jordan collaborated on a shoe.” No doubt, hmm it would be interesting to see a classic Air Jordan numbered model colorway inspired by the Penny line. Someone take that idea, and send us an email if you want another idea that we’d like to see.
To order your own Zoom Rookie Custom from Chef of GourmetKickz check his site AF1King.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter for the latest insight to his budding custom sneaker empire: @GourmetKickz
Many of us did not have the chance to get our hands on the Nike LeBron 9 “Championship” Pack, but Gourmet Kickz has created a shoe eerily similar to the LeBron 9 “MVP” that was included. Red and black gradient color graces the upper, as yellow covers the branding and a yellow splatter motif livens up the midsole. Contact Gourmet Kickz for all inquiries.
Another Nike Zoom Rookie custom has made its way onto the internet and it certainly ranks high in the sneaker customization charts. This custom is known as the Nike Zoom Rookie “Rook O’ Lantern” Custom and uses glowing details similar to the ‘Galaxy’ pair coming out in a few weeks. The sneaker features an orange colorway and uses glow in the dark accents on the pods as well as the front in the shape of sharp teeth like a real Jack O Lantern. Take a detailed look at the Nike Zoom Rookie “Rook O’ Lantern” Custom in the gallery above and pick up a pair before Halloween comes.
Many times customizers are influenced by art created before them, in this case Swaves a fan of Piet Mondrian, set out to make a tribute to the artists’ work known as Neo-Plasticism on a pair of Nike Dunks. Nike released an official Dunk SB in 2008 based on the Dutch painter’s most recognizable grid of black lines on white separating the three primary colors. Those Dunks did not feature the exact line work of Mondrian as the lines curved with the shoes panels, most likely an issue of trademark.
The base shoe used was pretty much a perfect choice. The seemingly simple design was started by hand drawing the lines as all of his customs are made. The next step of painting the black lines and yellow, blue, and red finished them up. Despite the simplicity a close look shows the near perfection of the mirrored placement of lines and color shows meticulous planning was involved.
Check more work and order Piet Mondrian Dunk of your own from Swaves online shop at: CustomSwaves.com
Ladies, if you’re shopping for a pair of kicks, you might want to check out this pair of Nike WMNS Dunk Low Skinny. The shoe features black leather underlays, while an orange and black cheetah print works its way onto the overlays. All the while, a more vibrant orange hue is seen on the on the shoe’s tongue branding and inner sole. Finishing off the look are minimal touches of white, which grace the Nike swoosh and midsole. Nike Sportswear shops including Oneness are now stocking the design.
A new colorway of the Nike Court Force AC has just been released, an exclusive iteration done for the premier sneaker shop – JD Sports. This time around Nike opts to use synthetic leather on the upper, while draping the high top sneaker in Black. White is used for the branding, with a single pop of color seen in the Royal Blue foxtail. To grab these now, check for them exclusively at JD Sports. via: EU