Most people go into a business for a reason -- to be their own boss, to set their own hours, to start over in a non-extradition country -- but only a lucky few's passion turns into dough. For one man transforming his crippling kicks obsession into a legit biz, check Casey Custom Sneakers.
Growing largely by word of mouth among friends and customers, Casey's a bespoke footwear operation started when a kicks aficionado surnamed Casey (who saw that coming?!?) tired of getting one-upped in the game of rocking the latest/greatest sneakers started styling his own to make them totally unique, not unlike the ones Mama told you was magic, and would take you anywhere. To snap up a pair, call the fine Mr. Casey with what you want and he'll work back and forth with you to perfect your vision through a combination of paint, new fabrics, screen prints, and lacing; most of the work's done on Air Force Ones and Cons All Stars, but he'll trick out just about any shoe, although not Crocs, due to the foam's reaction to the paint, and the fact that they're the worst things ever created. Past works have included AF1s in a Jason motif complete with bloody handprints, Jordans bearing action shots of their namesake, a set of Air Max 90s based on the customer's treasured Jordan-brand track jacket, and a plethora of models modified for sports both real (Eagles and Raiders for football, Flyers for hockey) and imagined (indoor lacrosse? Good one, Casey!).
Turnaround's about a week, order prices include the shoes, materials, labor, and shipping, and Casey claims he can make literally any concept come to sneaker-life, meaning the only limitation you should be concerned about is the one that ends in "s", and is preceded by "statute of".