These custom Nike Air Force 1′s were purchased at the annual MSLE (Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment) Gala where my work was lucky enough to be featured amongst many other incredible pieces of memorabilia. The proceeds went to the Team Up Foundation for Kids (which is awesome) and, luckily, the winner of the auction wanted a pair of Raptors shoes (and not some horrible rival like the Canadiens, Celtics or Bruins).
I really don’t know what I’m going to do when someone asks me to paint a pair of Boston shoes…
So these shoes were all designed for the same wedding. I painted 4 custom pairs for the groom and his groomsmen. Each pair had the same puzzle piece and writing on one shoe as well as a personalized image and phrase on the other. Those pairs went over pretty well with his boys so Shakha (the groom) asked me to make a pair for his fiance for their wedding. One pair of white leather wedges later and we have these beach themed wedding shoes that have very personalized images on the front and inside panels. Can’t explain them all, don’t really need to because they’re not for me! Hope this opens up a whole new line of ladies shoes though! Check out the pics in the gallery.
This pair was commissioned (that’s right, I got paid… again!) by the owner of a couple of Menchie’s franchises who, after speaking with several of my friends, is apparently friends with half the people I know. Weird…
Anyways, he wanted me to paint a pair of Tom’s shoes and I did. The toes feature the cartoon swirl logo of Menchie’s and the background, sides and heel are painted with the darker magenta and greens of the famous yogurt franchise. I also painted the Tom’s logo on the back in the colours of the swirl.
It’s like I live in Canada or something! (I do for those of you reading this from out of the country). This pair was commissioned as a present for a Oli by his loving sister. Oli requested shoes with his favorite players and his jersey on the back. Sounded pretty simple until I got the shoes and they were black which meant painting layer after layer after layer to completely coat the shoe… lesson learned I guess.
The backs are inspired by Oli’s hockey jersey and feature his name and number. Oli asked for the shoes to feature Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Redwings (whose logo was a pleasure to paint by the way), Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wojtek Wolski, currently of the Phoenix Coyotes but in his Rangers uniform and the iconic image of Bobby Orr scoring his famous diving goal. I painted the backgrounds in the colours of their uniforms to give the shoes a bright, modern appeal instead of leaving them black and white.
These shoes were made for my friends Brad and Stacey’s son Ethan. He is the ring-bearer in his aunt’s wedding, hence the name and date. The colours of the wedding are purple and black and Ethan loves cars, so I put Doc and Lightning McQueen on the sides of the shoes.
So this is a pair that sold at a charity auction and I FINALLY got a customer that wanted me to paint a team that I’m actually a fan of. The only drawback is that now I want to keep them for myself!
The logo on the back is the new 2012 Toronto Blue Jays logo. I incorporated the stitching from the larger logo on the back seams of the shoe to give it the appearance of a baseball and painted the front panels and swoosh in the colours of the uniforms and hats.
I guess I’ll have to make a pair for myself for when I head over to watch the Jays play this summer!