As the sneaker world turns its attention almost entirely to high-profile collaborations, and more and more frequently these collaborations are with singers, celebrities, and figures without any formal training in footwear design, it’s never been a better time to try your hand at customizing an iconic Nike sneaker. What’s more, with Christmas on the horizon, you can personalize an icon for your loved ones and have it delivered by Christmas as long as you order before December 12th. Of course, you could cop a triple-white silhouette and go at it with pens, scissors, and whatever other arts & crafts tools you can find, but the best way to really see what you could bring to a Nike collaboration is through Nike By You.
The great artists have very different takes on what makes the perfect canvas. From Michelangelo’s monumental work on the plaster ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to your next Nike By You design, we as humans have proven that with enough work anything can be a canvas. The problem with using a shoe as a canvas is the decision of which silhouette. Nike’s catalog is brimming with iconic silhouettes vying for your attention, so we’re here to block out the noise and lay down the best Nike classics to make your own with Nike By You.
The Nike Air Max 95 is not only one of the Swoosh’s flagship sneakers and one of the most popular silhouettes of the past 20 or so years, but it also sells itself well to customization. With a layered upper and unmistakable shape, there’s a lot to experiment with on the Air Max 95.
Virgil paved the way for Niek Blazer Mid ’77 customization and now’s your turn. This iconic basketball silhouette has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years so now’s a perfect time to design a version that nobody else has.
While the classics might seem like the easiest silhouettes on which to leave your mark, newer drops like the Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% Flyknit might give you more scope for impact. With features like a speckled midsole and Flyknit upper, you can make this silhouette truly unique.
The Nike Air Force 1 is undoubtedly up there with the best silhouettes to customize and, with the help of Pendleton, the Air Force 1 just reached new levels on Nike By You. Choose between Pendleton’s famous patterned wools and leather to have your say on this timeless classic.
Designing your own sneakers for everyday use is one thing, but for anyone who regularly hits the hardwood, designing your own performance sneaker is a must. The Nike Zoom Rize 2 is not only a high-performing basketball option but when you step on the court with an unseen colorway, people know you mean business.
The Nike Air Force 1 should be a go-to if you’re unsure. The strength of the base silhouette means that you have a lot of room to move on your Nike By You design. Aspects like material changes to the swoosh have much more impact on a silhouette as familiar as this, for example.
While Jordans and high-tops have dominated the custom scene recently, the Air Max 1 has long been quiet and not-so-quiet grounds for some seriously coveted collaborations and customs over the last 36 years.
Ever wondered about the parallel universe where you become an All-Star NBA player with your own signature shoe? Customizing your own Nike KD13 might be as close to a tangible piece of that parallel universe as you can get.
Nike By You is all about expressing personality, so why not go all out? With a ripstop shroud upper, this wild Air Max 90 features recognizable traces of the iconic original but gives you free rein on creating a future classic of your own.
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