To continue with the theme of customs, we would like to highlight a well-known artist in the sneaker community, Mache. Back when Sole Collector forums were known as ISS and NSB.org was the go-to forum for buying, selling, and trading kicks kicks, Mache was spreading his creativity.
No longer just a forum lurker, Mache has made his way up the ranks as a well known customizer. From wild original concepts to established designs, Mache can do it all. He has shown no fears as he’s worked on all materials and expensive/rare sneakers such as the Nike Air Mags and Nike Yeezys as a canvas to alter the original concepts into an one of a kind sentimental piece.
As Mache has finally made it, his website proudly proclaims:
“Little by little he grew with the trends, improving his techniques and broadening his clientele. When he started, his work could only be seen at the local barber shop, but nowadays his work can be seen in galleries, on the feet of sneaker fans, Celebrities and athletes like Wale, Kanye West and Kobe Bryant. Over the years Mache has even been featured in numerous sneaker and fashion blogs as well as established publications like Sole Collector, Sneaker Freaker and Complex.”
As a figure in the sneaker community, we want to salute Mache in his outstanding work and encourage him to continue to push the boundaries of kicks. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite customs to feature but feel free to browse his website and Instagram for more customs. For those who love art and sneakers, it only takes a brush and some Angelus acrylic leather paint to begin with...
Air Jordan 3 KB For Kobe Bryant
Nike LeBron 10 Ironman FOR LeBron James
Air Jordan 4 Dark Knight FOR Kendall Marshall
Nike KD 4 Lightning
Nike Air Mag Buzz Lightyear
Air Jordan 11 Color Refraction
Kobe 8 Duck Camo
Air Jordan 11 Concord Purple Patent Leather
Air Jordan 4 Customs of Eminem Encore Samples
Nike Kobe 9 Elite High Toronto Raptors
Air Jordan 11 Low Gum Soles
Nike Air Foamposite "What The"
Nike Air Mag Dark Knight
Air Jordan 5 Grape Low
Nike Air Yeezy 2 Pink
Nike Air Jordan 12 Toronto Raptors
Air Jordan 4 Shady XV FOR Eminem and Paul Rosenberg