So many fantastic custom Nike Dunk Low sneakers have debuted this year, with inspirations ranging from comic book characters to video games to nothing to do with media and just made because they are beautiful. While there is more than enough to choose from, here are the 15 best Nike Dunk Low custom sneakers.
1. The Joker
Who doesn’t love Heath Ledger as The Joker? He brought to life one of the most iconic comic book characters and is known for doing it in one of the most iconic ways. Of course, the first pair of Nike Dunk Low custom sneakers on this list had to be inspired by him and his character.
The pair was created by @dope_don_designs, and sports Joker’s signature purple, green and orange colourway on elements throughout the sneakers, expertly bringing the inspiration to life while also paying homage to the character and the legendary actor who we love for bringing him to life. The pair wouldn’t be complete without Joker’s signature “Why so serious?” and his laughter scrawled all over the sneakers in red, matching his ear-to-ear smile.
2. Batman Beyond
@dope_don_designs couldn’t create the iconic Joker without creating a pair of custom Nike Dunk Low sneakers for his famous adversary, Batman. The Batman of choice for this design is the gritty version from Batman Beyond.
Sporting the black and red design of the Bat in the animation and the comics, the sneakers have a ton of subtle nods to the inspiration while still being a sleek pair of sneakers. With Batman’s belt on the toe box, futuristic circuitry on the medial Nike Swoosh logo and the bat symbol boasted on the back near the heel, the sneakers even have fake, comic book-like shading to make it look like they just stepped out of the cartoon.
3. Deadpool & Wolverine
Deadpool 3 is on the way, and fans have been excited through the roof since they found out that Hugh Jackman would be returning as Wolverine and that he would be wearing the signature yellow and blue suit from the comics on the big screen for the first time ever.
To commemorate the collaboration, @dope_don_designs created a pair of epic Nike Dunk Low customs for Deadpool and Wolverine, sticking true to their comic looks and adding elements throughout the sneaker to make each perfect for the character. Deadpool has brown straps throughout to represent his various harnesses in the comics, while Wolverine sports slashes and stripes to match his comic-accurate suit’s markings.
4. Super Mario Bros
Following the release of the Super Mario Bros. movie in April, sneakerheads and customers worldwide shared their many creations and designs, including one from legendary sneaker designer Andrew Chiou. These sneakers are a marvel to behold, with elements from each prominent character of the game and movie represented on the sneakers, from Donkey Kong to Bowser, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Mario, Wario, and even elements that you find in the world like the “?” blocks.
5. Mario World
This pair of Super Mario Bros.-inspired sneakers might share an inspiration with the sneakers mentioned above, but they couldn’t be more different. This pair of “Mario World” Nike Dunk Low sneakers by @mell_the_artist brings the concept to life more wearable and less in-your-face while still clearly reading its inspiration.
Instead of including all the elements they possibly can, this pair represents Yoshi, Mario, and the bricks and sky of most levels in the game, clearly being more inspired by the Nintendo classic than the film released in April. The brilliant thing about the construction of these sneakers is the illusion it creates at the front, making them seem more angular than they actually are.
6. Princess Peach
Riding on the fame of the Super Mario Bros. animated movie and Bowser’s epic ballad that came out of it thanks to the brilliant mind and talent of Jack Black, this stunning design for a pair of Princess Peach Nike Dunk Low sneakers emerged.
These sneakers were created through the power of AI by the designers here at Fortress of Solitude, and the detail they managed to achieve is stunning. From tiny little motifs of peach on the mid-foot region to the image of her on the toe box, nothing feels out of place, and these sneakers are perfect for this damsel in distress.
Now that we have seen the Super Mario Bros. movie and the ballad that Bowser sings for Princes Peach, it would be a crime to include her custom pair without including Bowser’s as well; after all, where would the story be without the villain?
Like his lovely counterpart and arguably better half, this pair was designed using AI and has an equally stunning level of detail included in the design. From little motifs of his sprite throughout the game to a mask inspired by Bowser’s face, the pair includes every colour you would associate with the iconic character. The pair differs in design from left to right sneakers.
Another epic custom pair by Andrew Chiou, these Yoshi-inspired Nike Dunk Low custom sneakers are perfect for everyone’s favourite little dinosaur of the Super Mario franchise. With elements like the Nike Swoosh that represents his egg, the midsole and outsole combo that represents his adorable little shoes, and the colourway that perfectly represents his white and green pattern, these sneakers are perfect for the little dinosaur.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
@dope_don_designs has been a prolific customizer this year, creating custom sneakers from every fandom imaginable, including the beloved TMNT boys. With each brother represented with their signature colour on their own pair, the sneakers feature the elements of their skin, their reptilian scales, the underside of their shells, and their bandannas hanging off the back.
10. The Flintstones – Yaba Daba Dunks
Judy Wright of @sq_customs brought the 90s nostalgia back in full swing with her stunning pair of The Flintstones-inspired Nike Dunk Low sneakers, lovingly dubbed the Nike Yaba Daba Dunks. Inspired by the character famous for the line, the Patriarch Fred Flintstone, the sneakers are a homage to his character from heel to toe.
Complete with orange with black triangles for his outfit, blue accents for his tie, and even his skin tone for the rest of the panelling and elements, these sneakers are perfect for cartoon fans who want to step back into prehistoric times and relive their childhood memories.
11. Dexter’s Laboratory
This pair was brought to life by @dope_don_designs, and it perfectly brings the 90s cartoon about a whacky but brilliant kid to life. Inspired mainly by Dexter’s outfit that he can be seen wearing throughout the run of the show, the sneakers are a mix of white, purple, and a touch of red for his hair and incorporate elements like little beakers and flasks for his experiments as well as the Nike Swoosh being his eyes behind his thick-rimmed glasses.
12. Pinkberry Bandana
Although these sneakers aren’t inspired by any fandom, movie, or game, they are still one of the best custom Nike Dunk Lows we have come across. Their flawless creation and execution can be attributed to The Surgeon, one of the most well-known and prestigious sneaker customizers.
This pair gets its name from the colour, including a Burberry shirt in its creation and a vintage paisley bandana that can be torn away and distressed to reveal The Surgeon’s skull and scalpels motif underneath.
As one of the best motorcycle anime out there, it’s a no-brainer that Akira deserves a custom pair of sneakers by Andrew Chiou. This pair screams Akira, From stickers that adorn the bike to the colour scheme and the gritty way the sneakers are brought to life. The dark decorative stitching gives the pair a drawn effect. At the same time, the customization extends all the way to the tongue tab. This is a stunning pair of sneakers, perfect for any anime fan.
14. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Offbeat Custom Shoes took the plunge and made two pairs of custom sneakers during the promotion period of the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie. The first pair has white panelling that fades to red around the edges, with the Dungeons & Dragons logo in red against black panelling on the rest of the sneakers. Chunky black rope laces combine the look, contrasted by the prominent white midsole. The second pair is very similar to the first but incorporates more colours in fading and accents.
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15. Toy Story
You can trust having a friend in DP Customs when creating stunning, hand-painted custom sneakers, like this pair inspired by Toy Story and the central dynamic duo Woody and Buzz. The level of detail in these hand-painted shoes is unbelievable, and you might be tempted to think they were made by AI, but no.
With the right shoe representing Woody, with details like his clothes, his picture, and Andy’s room where he lives, the shoe is perfect in every way. The same can be said for the left representing Buzz Lightyear, from the colours of his suit down to the buttons on the front that let him talk and make his visor pop up and down.
There are probably more than a few that have been left off this list, as well as other fantastic custom sneakers in different Nike ranges, from the Nike SB Dunk Low to the menagerie of Air Jordan sneakers out there, so stay tuned to see your favourites soon.