This is the rarest shoe you've never heard of.
Can you name this sneaker? I sure couldn't — until a customer dropped off a pair at our cleaning service.
Introducing the Glow In the Dark Tour Kanye West Nike Huarache. This sample shoe is one of 5 in existence, and it's in desperate need of a restoration.
A pair in brand new condition can fetch upwards of $40k on the resale market, but this pair is far from new. Not only is a good restoration crucial for the sustainability of your shoes, but it increases (or maintains) the resale value, too.
Take a good look at this shoe — when Vick's all done, it's going to look like a million bucks.
Vick's Picks: 5 Major Keys to a Successful Sneaker Restoration
Whether you're working on a pair that's worth $40 or $40k, there are a few things every good sneaker restoration should cover.
- What you can't see matters, too. Just because the sockliner and insole aren't visible while wearing your shoes doesn't mean you should neglect them. Any good restoration is done from the inside-out.
- Shoe Trees are underrated. Creasing can't be prevented, but a good Shoe Tree will go a long way in reshaping and structuring the toe box on your next restoration project.
- Details count double. Every little detail must be thought of. Don't leave any stone (or stitch) unturned.
- You can't save them all. Some things are beyond repair. The 3M on the GITD Huarache is cracked, and that's okay. A good sneaker restorer knows when to move on.
Are you ready for the big reveal? It's safe to say RESHOEVN8R got the job done.
Have a restoration project you're ready to undertake? Be sure to tag us on Instagram and share your work!