April 15th, 2014 by Aaron Hope
Getting the exact colorway you want sometimes involves a bit of work. That’s the basic idea behind custom sneakers, and there are any number of ways to achieve a one-of-one look. Paint and maybe markers are the most obvious choices, and beyond that, you’re looking at material customization as the next level. Jeff McFetridge’s 2003 Nike Vandal broke new ground in that respect by introducing a cutaway upper that could be tailored to reveal a hidden base layer.
While the Vandal wasn’t on top for long, McFetridge sunk his teeth into the sneaker world by showing how a torn shoe could be desirable. A couple of years later, Nike Skateboarding found a beautiful synergy when they released the first pair of Dunks that would change color as those griptape abrasions intrinsic to the sport started to accumulate. So thanks to the desire for personalized footwear, Nike SB came up with a look that makes the most of those unavoidable scrapes. And with the biggest drop to date coming up in June with the next Air Jordan 1 SB, let’s go back and look through SB’s wearaway shoes: