Custom sneakers are all the rage these days, from beautiful pairs that have been altered slightly to ones that have been entirely changed. Some are painted, some have been completely torn apart and reconstructed, and others have never actually come to fruition and remain design concepts. None are superior to the others, but here are some of our favourite Nike SB Dunk Low custom sneakers.
1. Spider-Verse – The Prowler
There is no other custom sneaker creator that has been more prolific in the Nike SB Dunk Low department than @glitchedgarbage, creating an entire line of sneakers in celebration of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, and even in preparation for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.
One of the characters teased at the end of the film, and presumed to play a significant role in the net, was Miles Morales from Earth-42, who became The Prowler instead of becoming his neighbourhood’s friendly Spider-Man. Whether he will be the villain of the next movie remains to be seen, but we know now that this is an epic pair of sneakers.
Emulating his look from the teaser at the end of the second movie, these sneakers combine black and purple, combining dark elements like The Prowler’s eyes and a silhouette of his gloved hand on the main forefoot. The sneakers are even more impressive in the dark, bringing out the luminescent purple and patterning that goes all around the heel and paints the toe box like graffiti.
2. Spider-Verse – Miles Morales
Continuing the theme of the fantastic Nike SB Dunk Low sneakers made for the Spider-Verse, here we have a pair dedicated to our main character, Miles Morales. Like the pair before them and every excellent pair that comes out of @glitched garbage, this pair looks even more remarkable in the dark.
Introducing a bit more white than we are used to seeing on Miles’ suit (besides the eyes of his mask, of course), this pair brings a lighter look that reminds us of the soft and light-hearted nature of the character while also bringing in the elements of black and red, decorated with elements like Miles’ Spidey emblem, the eyes of his mask, web designs, and a tiny spider hanging from the Nike Swoosh Logo.
Looking at the pair in the dark, fewer elements are reflective or glow-in-the-dark than the web design, eyes, and tongue edges, but it still adds a bit of reflective flair that completes the pair.
3. Spider-Verse – Spider-Punk
It wouldn’t be a comprehensive collection without including one of the fan-favourite Spider-People from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and that is, of course, none other than Hobart “Hobie” Brown from Earth-138, better known as Spider-Punk.
The homeless teen from the streets of Camden, London, became the protector of his city when President Osborn at Oscorp irradiated the city, and it was overwhelmed by V.E.N.O.M. suits. Spider-Punk earned his name by defeating his enemies with his punk-rock music. This element comes through in his design and the design of the custom sneakers.
Complete with his bright reds, blues, and a bit of tartan on the mid-foot panel. With a chrome leather Nike Swoosh logo with an imitation zipper set in, it’s impossible not to see where the inspiration comes from. As always, the sneakers are even better in the dark, with elements all over the shoe reflecting patterns barely visible before, including Spider-Punk’s signature mohawk.
4. Spider-Verse – Spider-Man 2099
No one can forget about Spider-Man 2099, who became the unexpected secondary antagonist of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Miguel O’Hara, hailing from Earth-928, was unconventionally transformed into Spider-Man 2099 compared to the rest of his Spider family. He had his DNA physically changed instead of just a mere spider bite.
Enough of the character; let’s look at this stunning pair of custom sneakers. At first glance, the pair appears slightly too bright to be inspired by the darker Spider-Man. Still, the emblems like the spider hanging from the Nike Swoosh logo, the emblem on the toe box and the eyes of his mask close to the front make it clear.
When looking at the sneakers in the dark, suddenly, the inspiration becomes apparent, with the darker blue contrasting perfectly against the luminescent red of the sole trim, the inner lining, the eyes and the emblem on the toe box. Of course, let’s remember the little spider friend.
5. Spider-Verse – Spider-Gwen
Last but certainly not least, from the Spider-Verse Nike SB Dunk Low Custom sneaker collection, we have Spider-Gwen, everyone’s favourite Ghost-Spider. Gwen Stacy hails from Earth-65 and was one of the first few variant spider-folk introduced in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and luckily for us, it seems that she is here to stay.
Her pair has the perfect feminine flare to set her apart from the other boys without being so in your face that it’s obnoxious. Her pair has elements of pink with blue webbing, like the inner side of her hood, and deep purple and white, matching the construction of her suit. Her Nike Swoosh logo bears a little distress, revealing a darker tumbled leather underneath and a delicate spider dangling from it.
She has been included on the glow-in-the-dark front, as the Swoosh and the outsole both bare a subtle gradient, while the webbing of her mid-foot glows an electric blue.
6. Ben & Jerry’s “Neapolitan”
Talk about sneakers that are good enough to eat… Inspired by the Ben & Jerry’s collaboration that debuted in 2020, the “Chunky Dunky” sneakers, John Trottier decided to take the design up a notch and create a custom that is inspired by the original and one of Ben & Jerry’s other fan-favourite ice cream flavours, the “Neapolitan” ice cream.
Changing the cow patterning from black and white to brown and white to match the vanilla and chocolate elements of the sneakers, the Nike Swoosh has also been triple stacked to include all three flavours, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
The pair might not be inspired by some kind of media like the previous bunch, but it sure is a custom that is so stunning that you will struggle not to take a bite out of it.
7. Frosty Ungrateful Dead
Another fantastic pair from John Trottier, this pair takes its inspiration from the 2020 collection that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the American rock band Grateful Dead and their album American Beauty.
Trottier kept the fuzzy upper construction for the custom but ultimately dropped the neon colourway that included orange, yellow, and green, swapping it for a frosty white look instead. Trottier incorporated some pale grey into the colourway to contrast the fur and the rest of the upper. At the same time, the only black in the sneaker is the jagged edge of the Nike Swoosh logo that decorates the lateral and medial sides of the sneakers.