Nike Air Max 90 “Grinchfared” Customs
The world of sneaker customization is nothing new. Sartorial sneakerheads having been putting paint brush to sneaker to create custom one-offs for as long as said sneakers have been produced. With varying degrees of success, custom kicks and retrofitting sneakers with personal preference has become a business unto itself. Some approve of this marketplace within the sneaker world, and some deplore it as ruining perfectly good product. No matter your personal stance on the issue, the sneaker greats have taken notice which is why they offer their very own customization process by which they can make a profit by offering authentic one-of-one after-market products.
Now that you’ve got the history down, meet Jake Danklefs, custom-sneaker extraordinaire and his Frakenstein-like creations the Nike Air Max 90 “Grinchfared” Customs. Jake takes one of the most iconic kicks to date, the Air Max 90 Infrareds and performs surgery to add elements of the Nike Kobe VI Grinch. In an extremely creative process, he used a soldering iron to mimic the polyurethane coating of the Kobe VI, and paints it candy-apple green to match the garish Grinch colorup. While I personally believe he should have stops there, he proceeds to coat the canvas panels with green paint for an unmistakeable look. Is this art, horror, or something in-between? Let us know below.