Many sneakers around the world deserve to be displayed in an art gallery. Still, not many are museum-worthy, but Cassy’s Air Force 1 “Art History” sneakers most definitely are.
The base sneaker is predominantly white with vintage gold branding on the white heel tab, the inner lining, and the laces. The lace dubraes feature a stunning gold detail that reads ART HISTORY, bringing in the name of the sneakers stylishly and sophisticatedly. Cassy has taken a plain pair of white and gold Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and turned them into an absolute masterpiece by hand painting no less than ten masterpieces, works of art from the most incredible artists this world has ever seen, on different sections of the sneaker.
Starting with the lateral side of the left sneaker, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa appears in stunning detail on the heel counter, starting off the sneaker with its beautiful muted green background and extending down the upper lace stays on the lateral side. Working our way around the sneaker, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is next up to be represented on the lateral swoosh, focusing on the image of the Messiah in the belly of the check mark and including tiny details down to the cups and plates on the table.
The mudguard and tip of the left sneaker have been entirely dominated by Claude Monet’s Bridge over the Lily Pond, with the lateral side displaying the dreamy visage of the pond’s surface with lily pads and flowers displayed against the reflective surface of the water. The medial side shows the bridge itself brought to life in the same blues as the surrounding water.
The Swoosh on the medial side of the left sneaker is the focal point of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, displaying the iconic moment where God’s finger barely touches Adam in the artwork. Contrasted against the simplicity of the small focal point of Michelangelo’s artwork is the incredibly intricate work of Diego Velázquez with Las Meñinas’smoody browns bringing that side of the sneaker to life.
Starting on the lateral side of the right sneaker, we see the whimsical freedom of free-flowing skirts of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing as the maiden depicted in the paintings swings to her heart’s content, the dreamy green of the edge of the painting once again making its way over the upper lace stays. The lateral Nike Swoosh on that side depicts the intricate and plentiful bodies and robes of those in Raphael’s School of Athens.
As with the left sneaker, the entire tip and mudguard of the right sneaker is a post-impressionist beauty of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, with the black spires of the original artwork depicted on the lateral side of the piece, and the whimsical star and moon depicted on the medial side.
The medial swoosh on the right sneaker is Pablo Picasso’s Guernica in all its oddly proportioned black and white glory. In contrast, the heel counter of the medial side depicts the dripping clocks and surreal art of Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory.
The pair also has its own custom box with an image of each of the stunning inspirational artworks on it.
All of this fancy art terminology really just boils down to saying that these are the most beautiful sneakers I have seen all year, with their homage to the greatest artists of all time, whose art is celebrated in museums and studied to this day and goes to show that art is universal and can transcend mediums like paint and canvas onto leather sneakers.
These absolutely stunning sneakers were created by @cassykustoms around the start of the year. They were recently found by @customkickswrld, who reposted them, a post that has already gotten 41K likes on Instagram, bringing these sneakers the love they most definitely deserve. After all, according to a post by @canvvs, the sneakers took 220 hours to paint…