In recent years, sneaker culture has evolved to become something of a way of life. While it may have once simply been a question of taste, today sneaker culture has become an obsession for many people and an integral part of their day-to-day lives. Exclusive editions are a weekly battle, and customized trainers have helped elevate the construction and design of the sneaker into an art form. With this in mind, AllSole takes a look at some of the most exciting sneaker artists and customizers who you need to follow on Instagram.
Differantly is made up of French creative duo Emma and Stephane. With a focus on visual and graphic arts, the pair explore the idea of continuity through images created by using solely one line. In addition to their minimalist portraits of famous sneaker silhouettes, Differantly have also covered everything from famous perfume bottles to iconic car bodies in their growing body of work.
The Shoe Surgeon
A modern-day cobbler, Dominic Chambrone has quickly garnered a reputation as a master sneaker artist, reworking new, rare and old kicks to create something truly original. The Shoe Surgeon handcrafts each individual shoe to build intriguing hybrids that are built to wear and to last.
Mache Custom Kicks
Starting out in his basement trying to customise a pair of beat-up Air Max 90s, Dan Gamache is today one of the US’s best-known sneaker artists. Under the mantle Mache, Gamache has created sneakers for icons including Kanye West and Kobe Bryant and his work has been featured internationally renowned publications including Complex and Sole Collector.
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By day Mr. Steven Piantoni is an automobile designer who has worked for such giants as Bentley Motors, Aston Martin and Lotus Cars. In his spare time, Mr. Piantoni is an avid sneaker fan and the creator of Sneakertoons and Matchkicks, two sneaker-based art projects now famous among the online sneaker community.
Melbourne-based sneaker obsessive Mathew Fabris started creating customized sneakers in 2006 to set his collection apart from his friends. Ten years later Fabris’ hobby has developed into a fully fledged side project named Sekure D which combines his love of sneakers with a passion for graffiti and comic illustrations.
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