Today is a big news today, I am happy to present to you a sneaker that has been years in the making and my first collaborative sneaker that I have been able to design from scratch! From grey lead drawing to final product, the Dekade is my latest project and I am really excited to be able to share it with you guys. Below is a lot of design inspiration but you are going to need to hold tight a few more days for detailed shots and release date info, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve yet!
So, I have been collecting sneakers since I was 13 which makes it nearly twenty years. When I was about 19 I decided that exclusive sneaker releases weren’t enough for me and I wanted to make the sneakers I always dreamed of wearing and that were super limited, 1 of 1. This is why I started customizing sneakers and 10 years after I begun, Rooy contacted me with the opportunity to not just customize a sneaker, but design one from scratch to be manufactured.
Designing a sneaker from scratch for production is completely different to customizing and I took the approach of designing a sneaker that I wanted to wear, and wear often, in a number of different settings. As sad as it is, I am not all that young now (i’m hardly old though) and the inspiration for this sneaker was to create a slightly more mature shoe, that’s comfortable and can be at almost any occasion.
The direct design inspirations are pretty simple, I like sneakers with interesting paneling, i think it gives them great momentum and with my background in graffiti it was really important that the lines all flowed together. This means not just the stitching but also the cut of the panels. The speckle is like a spray can over-spray and adds a nice small contrast detailing to the upper of the High.
The idea around having my signature on the bottom was more or less to leave a small mark whenever you step on soft ground, the idea of thousands of little Sekure D logos being imprinted all over the place is pretty funny to me.
The overall aesthetic I think can be appreciated by a number of different audiences which was also very important to me. A number of my previous collaborations have been very loud and graphic based but I wanted this to be super clean with a variety of color options so it appealed to everyone who wants a nice sneaker to go with their jeans/chinos to a hardcore fan of mine or sneakerhead that appreciates the silhouette and connection.
Being leather and with a variety of panels I think this is a great sneaker for customizing. There is good contrast being higher and lower ground and I know for a fact I will be painting pairs, I hope to see other customizers putting their spin on them as well.
Finally there is a few cut out panels on the back. The heel of a sneaker is so important because its so often seen and so often forgotten about. The concept to remove the squared panels was to create additional layering and provide something to catch the eye. In later editions, as colors and materials change these panels will become even more important.
Release Date? Coming Soon
Where to Buy? SekureD.com and Rooy.com
Can we have product shots? Yes, later this week?