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23 custom custom jordans pt 3


Air Jordan IV “Matte Black Python”

Another example of simplicity winning out is the Air Jordan IV “Matte Black Python” by JBF Customs. Seemingly based on the iconic “Cement” Air Jordan IV colorway, JBF swapped the plain white upper for luxurious black python. Using black leather laces is just the cherry on top.


Air Jordan IV “Tiffany”

With the impending release of the high top version of the classic SB “Tiffany” Dunks, expect to see many more takes on the colorway. However, you artists out there may want to take note because Mache, as always, set the bar really high with his killer Air Jordan IV custom.


Air Jordan V “Best of Both Worlds”

Though they may share a nickname with Jay Z and R. Kelly’s ill-fated 2002 album/tour, the “Best of Both Worlds” Jordan V saw two of the top customizers in the game team up. This collaborative custom, done up this past year between JBF and Mache absolutely shut it down. Inspired by atmos’s animal camo Air Max 1 colorway, this sneaker is a killer.


Air Jordan V “Bin Lab 5”

You knew this was inevitable, but Dank Customs pulled it off cleanly with his Air Jordan “BinLabV.” Mixing up the aestheic of Jordan Brand’s latest elephant print Vs, and 2011′s Premio Bin 23, this custom is clean and amazing.


Air Jordan VI “Black Cement”

Though there is no shortage of elephant print in the custom world, few have pulled it off as moderately, and cleanly as El Cappy on his Air Jordan VI “Black Cement” custom. These are fantastic.Air Jordan IV "Who Dat"

Air Jordan IV “Who Dat”

Using the black/red Air Jordan IV as a base, Mache showed the NOLA some love with this “Who Dat” custom. This is another colorway where, if you removed the Saints logo, might as well be sold by Jordan Brand themselves.Air Jordan VI "Black Oreo"

Air Jordan VI “Black Oreo”

Though it doesn’t have that eye-catching flare of some of the more popular customs out there, Andy Oliver’s Air Jordan VI “Black Oreo” custom lets the sneaker do the talking. Rather than using bright colors, or gimmicky themes, AO used semi-gloss black paint on the base pair of Oreo VIs allowing the contrast between the leather and suede to really pop.Air Jordan VI "Cement"

Air Jordan VI “Cement”

Customizer Addicted to the High dropped a jewel with his “Cement” Air Jordan VI, employing the colorway of the iconic white/cement Air Jordan IV on the VI silo. Seeing it done, particularly so well, makes us wonder why JB hasn’t dropped an official version of their own. Air Jordan VI "Orlando Magic"

Air Jordan VI “Orlando Magic”

Done up for Gilbert Arenas to rock in the NBA Playoffs, Mizzee Customs’ Air Jordan VI “Orlando Magic” makeup knocks it out of the park. Aside from being league-friendly (approved by NBA officials), Mizzee really put in work for these. Just look at the details of the iridescent stars and Magic pinstripes…these are great, and befitting of a sneakerhead like Arenas.Air Jordan XI  "Cheif Illiniwek"

Air Jordan XI “Cheif Illiniwek”

Customizer: Mache Customs

Truth be told, we could make this entire post consisting of only Mache Customs Air Jordans. But these “Chief Illiniwek” Air Jordan XIs are just exceptional…this is what makes him one of the best. Using University of Illinois’ color scheme and Chief Illiniwek on what appears to be a “Concord” AJ XI, Mache used the perfect hashtag for this one: #customsthatdontlookcustom.


Air Jordan VI “True Blue”

Just like his “Cement” Air Jordan VI, we’re surprised El Cappy’s “True Blue” AJ VI hasn’t seen an official release from Jordan Brand. The elephant print and “True Blue” (or sport blue, or September blue…whatever you want to call it) really work well on this shoe. We’d cop these.jordan-11-seinfeld-1

Air Jordan XI “Seinfeld”

A custom about nothing? Without drowning you in Seinfeld references, these custom Air Jordan XIs pay homage to one of television’s most-famous sneakerhead. Employing a color scheme befitting of Jerry himself, these are just perfect. Well done, @rocketboynift.


Air Jordan IV “Tiffany”

Like we said, with the hype around Nike SB’s upcoming drop, you’re going to see this colorway on more and more customs, like this one done for none other than Nicky Diamonds himself. Seemingly using the “Green Glow” Air Jordan IV for a base, this custom is simple and clean.


23 custom jordans pt 2

A continuation of the recent post


Air Jordan IV “Bordeaux”

The Air Jordan “Boadeaux” colorway is a tough one to pull off when it comes to putting it on a sneaker other than the Air Jordan VII. But in the case of Dank Customs’ Air Jordan IV, it was pulled off flawlessly. These go hard.


Air Jordan IV “CP3”

Even Jordan signature athletes aren’t immune to the allure of well-done customs. Earlier this year, Mache put together this smooth Clippers-inspired colorway for none other than Chris Paul himself. These could nearly pass as an official release.


Air Jordan I “NYE”

Designed in collaboration with Marcus Jordan, yeah the “Air” to the throne, JBF customs dropped this gem of a custom. Dubbed the “NYE” Air Jordan I, it’s got genuine python leather (including that crazy gold leather), lambskin liners, and that smooth gum sole. These are the definition of a head-turner.


Air Jordan IV “Command”

Modeled after David Robinson’s Nike Air Command Force, one of the few Nike hoops silhouettes from the 90s that hasn’t seen a retro, the beauty of this custom may be lost on the younger crowds. But, for anyone who loved The Admiral’s Nike signature back in the day, Emmanuelabor’s Air Jordan IV “Command” custom brings back the memories.


Air Jordan III “Black” & “White” Cement

However you feel about Wale’s music, you just have to be envious of the man’s shoe game. With that in mind, to celebrate the release of his latest album, Mr. Folorin had JBF Customs spin up not one, but two pairs of classic Air Jordan IIIs in that super-plush genuine python leather. These are just spectacular.


Air Jordan IV “Roscoe”

We all know that Rasheed Wallace is Mr. Air Force 1, but these Air Jordan IVs are just about perfect. Taking Sheed’s nickname “Roscoe” and employing it on custom lace dubres, as well as his trademark-phrase “Ball Don’t Lie” imprinted on the insoles, Mache knocked it out of the park with these.


Most people think of sneakers as sneakers. Well every sneaker comes with a story. Don’t just look at a pair of new Jordan’s, and be like” oh there just a pair of sneakers”. No they’re a story, they can’t tell you so you have to look them up yourself. Look up their story and you’ll be surprised what is read! Told from nike themselves they tell this kids story!


Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are proud to pay tribute to 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Program patient Isaac Arzate and his family with the release of the limited edition Doernbecher Air Jordan 5 Retro. Isaac Arzate was a talented young athlete who pitched a no-hitter in baseball and savored an undefeated season in basketball. In January 2012 Isaac suffered a cardiac arrest at basketball practice and was sent from Salem to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a previously undetected abnormality that is one of the most common causes for heart attacks in young people. After recovering from open-heart surgery, Isaac was invited by OHSU Doernbecher to be part of the 2012 Freestyle program. During his rehabilitation from surgery, he began sketching designs for an Air Jordan 5 Retro, highlighting his interests and experiences. He also became well enough to don his jersey and watch his basketball team from the bleachers, occasionally getting to shoot around during breaks in the game. Then in April 2012, 12-year-old Isaac tragically suffered a second heart attack, and did not survive. Deeply saddened by his tragic passing but inspired by his passion and spirit, Nike and OHSU Doernbecher invited Isaac’s family to work together to finish the design that Isaac had started. Using Isaac’s original sketches as a guide and some more his parents found, they created a design reflecting Isaac’s vision and incorporating design elements that represented the things that mattered most to him in his life: Isaac’s jersey numbers, 9 for baseball on the upper of the left shoe and 31 for basketball on the right.



In the inside of the tongue features Isaac’s initials, and the dates of his birth and passing.



Several parts of the shoe glow in the dark, including the eyelets, lace toggle, outsole, Nike Air unit and quarter panels. A cool design to put on a sneaker, make these one of a kind, make them something out of everyones dreams.



The upper features the words of a poem in black light ink that Isaac wrote just a day before he passed away. Some of the words include: “My team. My family. We are brothers forever. No matter what.”



Each pair includes a flashlight to complete the glow-in-the-dark effect, inspired by Isaac’s love of video games. “We’ve been honored to work with Isaac’s family and thank them for their courage to complete the project in the name of their son and to support the much-needed fundraising efforts for Doernbecher,” said Michael Doherty, Nike’s Global Creative Presentation Director and member of the Doernbecher Foundation Board of Directors. In 2004, Doherty and his then-teenage son proposed the idea of the Doernbecher Freestyle Program as a creative way to raise awareness and funds for the children’s hospital, while empowering its young patients through design. Limited quantities of the Doernbecher Air Jordan 5 Retro will be sold on Nike.com and at Nike retail locations across the country beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, with all proceeds from sales of the shoes benefitting OHSU Doernbecher. To date, the program has raised more than $6 million to help expand pioneering research, support clinical care, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, recruit new experts and help cover the cost of care for families most in need.

Now before you say anything about jordans, all of them have a story to them!