It’s been a minute since we saw a pair of Super Mario Bros custom sneakers, as the hype was pretty great around when the movie first launched and has died down a bit since. Luckily for us, the Super Mario fandom is big and lives for more than just the movie, so we are still getting epic custom sneakers like this pair from @mell_the_artist, adding to the fantastic and growing collection of Super Mario-inspired sneakers with their Nike Dunk Low “Mario World” colourway.
While this pair is advertised as Nike Dunk Low sneakers, the design elements give the sneakers an utterly different silhouette without changing the sneakers’ construction. The shape emulates Mario’s shoes, which look like brown leather business shoes that are a little bulbous. The way that the denim mudguard meets the toe box gives the illusion that the sneakers are more structured and gives it a work-shoe silhouette, making it look like Mario’s shoes.
Aside from this well-placed visual trick, the sneakers are standard Nike Dunk Low sneakers. The bright red outsole is perfect for the bottom of Mario’s sneakers and possibly a remnant from the base sneaker used for the custom, as they don’t look too doctored and still have an original look.
The midsole is a stunning maroon with white flecks and specks. From there, as mentioned, the mudguard is denim to match Mario’s overalls, complete with a decorative yellow button, the same as his outfit in most games. The denim has decorative stitching on the edges, making it clear that it is inspired by the overalls we know and love.
The rest of his outfit, the red, is perfectly represented by smooth leather on the back half of the upper. The leather looks interesting because it isn’t shiny enough to be patent leather but has no other texture.
The toe box of the sneakers has a white base with green spots, which is, of course, a nod to Yoshi eggs throughout the games and even seen in the Super Mario Bros movie. Everyone loves the lovable little dinosaur that pops out of the white egg with green spots, turning into an adorable dinosaur with the same colouring but no spots. The white and green also make their way up the tongue, primarily white with a green tongue label that reads Super Mario in the usual rainbow colours.
The Nike Swoosh logo on the medial and lateral sides of the sneaker has a white border to help them stand out against the red leather of the back portion of the upper, filled in with the black and orangey-brown brick design that makes up the majority of the floating platforms in the games (obviously the ones that aren’t the question mark bricks.
Last but certainly not least, the part of the upper that wraps around the collar towards the heel is sky blue with fluffy white markings like clouds. If you have ever played a Super Mario game, you will recognise this as the sky of most levels, a perfect element that nods to the game.
If you are looking for a pair of these, they are sold out, but check back on Mell the Artist to get a pair when they come back in stock for $300.