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Five Sick Sneakers I Designed Using Nike's Revolutionary ID Technology

May 20, 2009  |  7:00am
One of the best parts of working at Paste is the "dress code," which pretty much consists of being clothed, period. So I wear sneakers almost every day, either scuffed Adidas sambas or pristine Onitsuka Tigers, which I bought (on sale, baby) in Montreal, and which I keep spotless with a vengeance—step on my Tigers, and I'll conjure the spirit of Buggin' Out and chase you back into your brownstone. 

All of which brings me to Nike ID, the awesome technology that allows you to design your own sneakers online. It's super easy, and the best thing to happen to sneaker heads like me since Zappos

For today's list, I designed five different versions of the Cortez, a retro Nike that I might consider buying if not for the pesky recession. Anyway, here are five of my designs, complete with the puny thumbnail photos that you can email to yourself once you've finished creating your own shoe.  


shoe1.png1. Yellow jazzes up the Christmassy red-and-green combo. Props to the nation of Ghana for also getting down with this color scheme! 

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2. This shoe reminds me of Chris Webber and that awesome Michigan basketball team. Kinda sad how those guys all flamed out. Cool color scheme, though. 

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3. A fresh take on the old familiar red, white and blue. I admit that this looks like something Bozo The Clown would wear, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Bozo was fly.

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4. My wife helped me with this one. She's half-Irish, which may explain the green and white combo, but it's the blue detail that makes the design pop. 

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5. I don't really know what "jacquard" leather is, but apparently that's what I used on the side panel of this shoe. Classy, right? 

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