Over the past few months, we’ve been posting a ton of sneakers inspired by iconic cartoon and video game characters from the 80s. From the beloved Super Mario Bros. to the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, these nostalgic designs have transported us back to our childhoods. But the latest addition to this trend takes us even further back in time to the planet of Eternia, paying homage to one of the most iconic animated series of the 80s – He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
The custom He-Man sneakers by Sean Fontenot of @colormefresh take the classic silhouette of the Air Jordan 1 and merge it with the fantastical world of Eternia; the result is a unique and vibrant sneaker design that pays homage to Castle Grayskull (the iconic fortress from the show) and Snake Mountain (the evil lair of Skeletor), bringing together elements from both sides of the battle.
Those who watched the popular show will know that these locations were pivotal in the ongoing battle between He-Man and Skeletor. The mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, with its powerful secrets and ancient wisdom, served as a source of power for the beloved hero, granting him the strength and abilities to protect Eternia from Skeletor’s evil plans. On the other hand, Snake Mountain emanated an aura of darkness and malice, reflecting the sinister nature of its owner, Skeletor. Its treacherous terrain and ominous atmosphere made it the perfect stronghold for Skeletor to plot his schemes and launch attacks against He-Man and his allies. And this contrast between the two iconic locations is perfectly captured in Fontenot’s custom design.
The sneaker features a split concept, reflecting the duality between the iconic locations and their respective characters. The left He-Man Air Jordan 1 sneaker, with its jade green and brown tones, represents the walls of Castle Grayskull, while the right sneaker, with its dark purple and black hues, embodies the eerie essence of Snake Mountain.
The Grayskull sneaker features intricate detailing inspired by the ancient architecture and mystical energy surrounding Castle Grayskull. From the tongue label with its graphic of the iconic skull-shaped entrance to the inclusion of both He-Man and his trusted ally, Man at Arms, the Grayskull sneaker pays homage to the mysterious fortress and its heroic defenders.
On the other hand, the Snake Mountain sneaker showcases a more sinister design that captures the essence of Skeletor’s lair. With its menacing snake motif and spike details, the Snake Mountain sneaker exudes a dark and villainous aura. Oh, and let’s not forget the inclusion of the infamous Skeletor and his loyal henchwoman, Evil-Lyn, which further adds to the sneaker’s wicked appeal.
Both sneakers feature touches of lava throughout their design, creating a fiery and intense visual effect. Overall, both the Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain designs embody the iconic characters and settings of the classic cartoon, immersing fans in the fantastical world they grew up with.
While owning a pair of these majestic He-Man sneakers may not make you the most powerful man in the universe, these Air Jordan 1 customs will make you feel like you’ve got the power! They perfectly blend nostalgia and style, paying homage to the beloved franchise while offering a fresh and modern look.
To grab a pair of these truly unique sneakers (or something similar), be sure to check out Fontenot’s online store, where you can find a wide range of custom sneakers inspired by pop culture. Whether you’re a fan of He-Man or other beloved characters, Fontenot offers an array of designs that allow you to express your unique style and showcase your love for nostalgia. Take advantage of the opportunity to step into the world of your favourite cartoons with these one-of-a-kind kicks.