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Sneaker News Presents: The Year in Customs 2012

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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

FEBRUARY

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “No Church in the Wild” by Mache

Air Jordan VI “Krueger” by El Cappy

Nike SB Dunk Low “Sunburst Mint” by Sharp020

Jordan Spiz’ike “Black/Cement” by Sab-One

Air Jordan VI “Porsche 911 Agate Metallic Silver” by C2

Air Jordan V “Real Metallic” by Proof Culture

Nike Dunk High “Jekyll & Hyde” by Revive

Air Jordan VI “Cannon” by El Cappy

MARCH

Air Jordan V “Grape to Aqua” by Rudnes

Nike Air Foamposite One “Penny Photo” Customs

Air Jordan IV “The High Life” by SmoothTip

Air Jordan VI “Jungle Fever” by Peculiar Kinetics 

Nike LeBron 9 “South BeeGums” by Mache

Air Jordan V Low “Grape” Customs

Nike Dunk High “Let’s Play 2” by Diversitile

Nike Air Foamposite ONe “Invisibility Cloak” by ECC

APRIL

Air Jordan XI “Galaxy” by Peculiar Kinetics

Nike SB Dunk High “What The Dunk” by El Cappy

Nike LeBron 9 “Galaxy” by C2

Air Jordan VI “McFly” by Proof Culture

Nike Air Force 1 low “30th Anniversary Year of the Dragon” by Zhijun Wang

Jordan Son of Mars “Son of Yeezy” by Mache

Nike Air 180 “Fukijama” by Dank

Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski Mid “Wingtip” by Solecity Pinas

MAY

Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy” Light Up by Jason Negron

Air Jordan III “Pigeon” by Mache

Air Jordan V “Bordeaux” by Mache

adidas Pro Model “Pendleton” by JBF

Jordan Son of Mars “Air Yeezy Grammy” by Wolfstein

Nike Air Foamposite One “Oregon Ducks” by Jason Negron

New Balance 999 by Pimp My Kicks

Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Grinch” by Jason Negron

JUNE

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Miami Nights” by SmoothTip

Air Jordan VI “Bred XI” Inpsired by LOBE

Air Jordan V “Floral” by El Cappy

Air Jordan X “Hanes” by Revive

Nike Dunk High “What the Vengers” by Expression Airbrush

Air Jordan 1 Low “Dave White” by Mache

Nike Air Force 180 High Pump Sole-Swap by Revive

Nike LeBron 9 Elite “Sex on the Beach” by Twizz

JULY

Nike LeBron 9 Elite “MVP” by Mache

Nike Air Foamposite One “Foampollo One” by Chef

Nike Air Max 90 “Piranha” by Emilio Zuniga

Air Jordan IV “Rorschach” by Sekure D

Nike Air Flightposite III “Spiderman” by Mache

Nike Air Max “3 Bears” by Kike

Nike Air Force 180 High Pump “Murder” Customs by Revive

Nike Air Foamposite One “Horizon” by Peculiar Kinetics

AUGUST

Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Imperial” by PMK

Air Jordan VII “Goldie” by El Cappy

Reebok Question “Miracle Whip” by PMK

Nike Air Max 1 “Questlove” by JWDanklefs

Nike Dunk High “Thriller” by Diversitile

Nike “Wolfstein” Prototype by Brian Villanueva

Air Jordan III “Threezy” by DeJesus

Nike Air Max 1 “What The One” by Revive

SEPTEMBER

Nike Mag “Flux Capacitor” by Mache 

Nike SB Blazer “Camo” by JBF

Nike Air Force 180 Pump “Admiral” by Revive Customs

Nike Air Foamposite One “112” by Chef

Air Jordan VII “A Different World” by Rocket Boy Nift

Air Jordan IV “Wheaties” by Emmanuel Labor

Reebok Question “Snakeskin” Customs

Air Jordan V “Oregon Pit Crew” by Emmanuel Labor

OCTOBER

Air Jordan 1 “Brooklyn Zoo” by PMK

Nike Zoom KD IV “What the KD” by Mache

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Blake Griffin Galaxy” by Sole Swap and Rebel Aire

Nike Air Max 90 “Leatherback” by JWDanklefs

Nike Roshe Run “Versace x H&M” by Noldo

Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Kobe” by Mache

Nike Dunk High “Frankenstein” by Diversitile

New Balance “1200” by Revive Customs

NOVEMBER

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Walking on Mars” by Smooth Tip

Nike LeBron X “Big Bang” by Mache

Air Jordan IV ‘What The Fake’ by Revive

Nike Air Force 1 Low Foamposite “DeLorean” by Expression

Nike Air Max 1 “Old Skool x New Skool” by JWDanklefs

Nike Hyperdunk “Scooby Doo” by Mache

Nike HyperMag by Brian Villanueva

Air Jordan IV “South Beach” by Ecentrik Artistry

DECEMBER

Nike LeBron X iD “Devastator” by Mache

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Hunting Season” by WEEKend

Nike Air Command Force “McFly” by Peculiar Kinetics/Revive/Evolved Footwear

Air Jordan IV “Grinch” by Freaker Sneaks

Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Snake” by Zhijun Wang

Air Jordan IV ‘Python’ by JBF Customs

Air Jordan V “Fresh Prince 1.5” by Rocket Boy Nift

Air Jordan XI Low “Bred” by JWDanklefs

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