The greatest success comes when you take something good and make it even better, like when the Mariners added Cliff Lee and started to domin -- wait, they traded that guy? But they've still got A-Rod right? For shoes that have retained the good stuff, check out Emmanuelabor Customs.
The alias of a full-time sneakerhead/Port of Seattle employee, EL started out modding his own shoes with graffiti markers and leather paints, but has moved on to Frankensteining already-collectible kicks, creating one-off pieces of wearable art based on mostly-old-school-Nikes like Jordan's and Air Force 1s, though caution: wearing them may get President Harrison Ford's press secretary killed. Preferred motifs include pop-culture (movies, comic books), sports, and even geo-specific designs, but anything is possible via EL's E-spoke service: hit him with a concept (pictures are a plus!), and he'll modify the material, color, stitching, liner etc. of almost any sneaker, except River Phoenix, for obvious reasons. Previous styles include the Foam, which combines two iconic kicks by applying the textured purple of the original Penny Foamposite to black suede Air Force 1s; the Jimi Dunks emblazoned with the Seattle rock-icon's image and constructed with psychedelic lenticular color shifting material; and black Air Jordan IV's with subtle chrome accents and a heel arted with MJ's famous shot on Ehlo, which was undoubtedly the worst moment of Craig's career, besides every one he spent as the Sonic's color guy.
Until EL's online-shop is finished the best way to get your own custom kicks, or any of a handful of existing designs, is to hit his newly-launched website and contact him directly, the same way the Rangers contacted the Mariners GM in order to customize their rotation with a former Cy Young winner with a 2.34 E.R.Aaarrrrrgh!