July 13, 2011 BY John Kim
There are very few other ‘controversial’ topics in the world of kicks than the custom sneaker, thanks to veritable atrocities like the Spongebob Squarepants Jordan Dub Zeros and Barack Obama Air Force 1s. Maybe it’s because custom sneakers teeter-totter on the border between ‘personalized’ and ‘counterfeit’, but sneakerheads generally prefer to leave sneakers in their original forms. Nike changed up that attitude when it introduced Nike iD – the online and in-store sneaker customization experience that allowed sneakerheads to design their favorite Nike silhouettes with never-before-conceived colorways and patterns; However, during its 5+ years of existence, Nike iD never allowed for an Air Jordan Retro to be customizable. Combined with the notion that the Air Jordan Legacy is sacred territory, custom Air Jordans have remained a touchy subject.
Over the last few years, sneaker customizers and artists have honed their skills and sharpened their tools, creating some outstanding projects that have received a surprisingly warm reception from the sneaker community. 2010 was a great year for the Air Jordan VI Retro and thusly has been one of the more popular canvasses to work with, as it is considered one of the most popular and historically significant sneakers in the entire Air Jordan history. We’ve collected some of the best Air Jordan VI custom jobs done by individuals (who may be household names) like MizzeeCustoms and Eric Lowry, so take a look below and vote for your favorite Air Jordan VI Custom, and stay tuned for more great categories of Sneaker News Battle Of The Customs!
Designed by: MizzeeCustoms
The Air Jordan VI ‘White Cement’ custom was done for a customer in Virginia. The inspiration comes from the Air Jordan IV White/Cement, with the ‘cement’ print seen on the tongue as well as on the midsole. The translucent outsole has also been smoked out similarly to the Air Jordan VI ‘Motorsports’.
Designed by: Eric Lowry
This Air Jordan VI custom is a tribute to Jordan Brand Tokyo23 – the Japan-based Jordan Brand hub. The yellow, black, and white colorway is adopted from the Tokyo23 banner, and resembles the Air Jordan V Tokyo23, which was a Japan-exclusive limited release. Just ten of these were made by Lowry, and feature a ‘1-of-10’ label on the upper.