While not a part of the upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018, The Shoe Surgeon‘s latest custom creation draws inspiration from Japanese art. Not too long ago, Dominic Chambrone a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon designed the Air Mars Jordan 1, which incorporated the design concepts of the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard shoes into the Air Jordan 1. A limited number of pairs were available at a price of $1,800 at the REIGN x 10 Corso Como New York location at 1 Fulton Street. The Shoe Surgeon is back with another Air Jordan 1 custom, this time using the OFF-White x Air Jordan 1 as the base.
This Custom Air Jordan 1 Is Inspired By The Iconic Takashi Murakami Flower
Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist who often uses flowers in his work. He has admitted that he did not actually like flowers at the beginning. Takashi also teaches at a school and it was over the course of his teaching career that he started finding flowers “very ‘cute.’” He now describes flowers as having their own distinct feelings and personalities. Above you can see one of his lithograph prints from 2011 is named “Flower Smile,” which reflects Takashi’s shift in perception of flowers, from repulsion to adoration. A similar floral motif and colors as Takashi’s print seem to appear on The Shoe Surgeon’s custom Air Jordan 1.
The Shoe Surgeon Has Given The Air Jordan 1 A Luxurious Flowery Makeover
According to The Shoe Surgeon’s Instagram post, he used luxurious faux python leather and Italian suede for the uppers. The python material actually gives the uppers of the OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 a flower petals-like texture. Additionally, this custom iteration also features leather inner lining and tonal stitching. As for its color scheme, it is dressed up in 12 unique hues, all of which seem to have been borrowed from Takashi Murakami’s color palette. Of course, it will not be among official Air Jordan releases 2018. Rather, it will be available excusively on theshoesurgeon.com at 8 AM (PST) on November 17th.