Cosentino recently hit me up to create him a second pair of customs and once again he came to me with a great concept. Cos recently did a collaboration with Bicycle who are maybe the most famous card company in the world and have been producing cards since 1885, the concept for these sneakers was to represent the feeling of a deck of cards on a Nike Dunk. The challenge here was that one, I didn’t want to resort to just painting cards on a shoe as that’s lazy and has been done and secondly there is obviously a large amount of white space on a card, and for anyone who designs sneakers you will know that white often translates to empty even where it is an intentional choice of colour.
After many hours of brainstorming the concept came to me, I split the shoe into two halves much like the Scarface or Halloween Air Force Ones only a lot less obviously. The lateral sides were dedicated to the red suits while the medials were then dedicated to the black suits with each pip being placed at the front of the shoe. The blue and gold is a tie in to the original packets for the decks but the hardest part in executing this design was the heel panel, each pattern represents the outfit of the King in that suit. Finally the original Bicycle logo and Cosentino logos were placed on the heels of the sneaker and the white panels were broken up with a monotone Carnage print.
To compliment the shoes and make them fit into Cosentinos amazing magic museum that he has in his warehouse I also made a wooden display box with foam inserts as a surprise. I couldn’t be happier with how these came out especially since they were such a design challenge for me.
Thanks for checking out the new shoes and reading the post, I have lots of new work to post up and I appreciate you taking the time to stop in!