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Sneaker News Presents: The Year in Customs 2012

January 2, 2013 BY / 10

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2012 was a year filled with plenty of entertaining headlines and discussion topics that made it perhaps the most immersing year of sneakers ever (our Top 30 list covered all of that). Nike continued to dominate basketball, Reebok made an honorable come-back, the mainstream media begin paying attention to the hobby, and sneaker games were “upped” by NBA ballers and celebrities alike. There were some surprising stories and controversial debates sprinkled here and there, and falling somewhere in-between those two ends is the rise in popularity of custom sneakers.

At this point, it doesn’t matter if you think custom kicks are a ‘faux pas’ because customs are very much a staple in the sneaker game right now, and with guys like Jay-Z wearing those Air Jordan 1 ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ customs’, Spike Lee getting some special Jordans for his movie, and LeBron James recognizing Mache Customs’ work, any negative rep a pair of repainted kicks holds has been completely wiped out. Of the hundreds of custom kicks that we’ve featured on Sneaker News, we picked the 96 of them, selecting eight of the best designs each month that cover a wide range of creativity and trends. Look below for a recap of all the variety and evolution of some of the custom-sneaker game-changers of 2012 and get ready for another year of awesome results!

JANUARY

Air Jordan VI “Air Yeezy Net” Customs by Mike Nameus

Nike Air Flightposite “Carnage” by Jonathon Carrington

Air Jordan VI “Porsche 911″ by C2

Nike Blazer Mid “Jet Life II” by JBF

Air Jordan VI “Kobe VII Leopard” by Envintaj

Nike Dunk Hybrid Dress Shoes by PMK

Nike Air Foamposite One “Knicks” by Jason Negron

Nike Free Run Y2K by Gabriel Dishaw

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Founding Father
Founding Father

The majority of these "customs" are not custom at all they are just " I'm gonna put this colorway on this shoe" this people, is not  "custom". Good work but not custom. It is a new year try some new ideas before Nike does it not ride their hairs and follow them. In case you all don't remember "they" started taking our ideas years ago and also remember that you don't have to get your work approved by corporate suits. Just do something for yourself instead of what is popular.

FuckinTheWorld_
FuckinTheWorld_

What happened to that other cw of the yeezy 2s anyway?

dresr82
dresr82

Them what the KD IV's where flat out amazing!

fly li
fly li

different world and goldie 7s best of the year

Jrunk
Jrunk

Threezy's is the best custom j imo

LRG
LRG

Jordan 4 Wheaties takes the cake.  So dope.  

BiscoeTheBoss
BiscoeTheBoss

So is it safe to say that Mache was the King Of Customs this year??? He was all over this list and had the most professional looking work. He also had the best themes!

dopeman978
dopeman978

i think january had the best "6" customs! but great review. some real gems are in there! mache went bananas this year

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