What It’s Like to Make Custom Sneakers for Kanye West, LeBron James, and Lonzo Ball

Custom sneakers have become common place these days. Everyone has them: athletes, celebrities, and artists. They're worn on NFL fields, on NBA courts, and shared across social media. To get a better scope of what it's like to make these shoes, Sole Collector's Full Size Run caught up with Mache, the custom sneaker guru to the stars.

During the episode, he talks about a pair of sneakers he gifted to Kanye West that, supposedly, Adidas didn't want him to wear in public, making custom sneakers for LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, and what it was like to make the cleats that Stefon Diggs wore when he made the legendary catch last weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

Mache also reveals a pair of “Free Meek Mill” cleats that will be worn by Jarius Wright this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings play the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

More from Complex

Reggie Bush Retired From Football on Live TV: ‘I’m Done’

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl-winning running back Reggie Bush has formally retired from the NFL after an 11-year career split between New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.

“I’m done,” Bush said during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Friday. “It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”

Bush rose to prominence in high school, rushing for 2,200 yards and while scoring 34 touchdowns as a junior at Helix High in San Diego. He’d continue to make various highlight reels as a senior before amassing 6,541 all-purpose yards en route to bringing two national championships to USC in 2003 and 2004. Bush also won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 but relinquished the honor in 2010 after being retroactively ruled ineligible for the 2005 season for NCAA rules violations.

In the NFL, Bush helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a win during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. He notched two 1,000-yard seasons in his career—gaining 1,086 yards with Miami in 2011 and 1,006 yards with the Detroit Lions in 2013. 

Multiple injuries took their toll during a pro career that never quite saw Bush reach the insane heights he did in high school and college. Things were never quite the same after Bush slipped on a patch of concrete during a 2015 game against the then-St. Louis Rams.

Bush took on a reserve role with the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 season, and it appears he now has his sights set on the eSports world.

“Now I’m working for Next VR so we do some of the post-game analysis and virtual reality,” Bush told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein in October. “Two weeks ago we had our first game, the Green Bay at Minnesota game, and just seeing some of the guys on the field, it was definitely a little different, you know, being on the other side.”

More from Complex

LifeAtComplex: Spit Hot Fire Or Die

On today’s episode Tony goes at Akademiks for not crediting the creators of the rapper calendar meme. In fighting the good fight, Tony remixes the calendar to roast Akademiks. Later on Al and JT talk about the Thursday night football game, New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons, as playoff implications are on the line, this will be a nail biter!

More from Complex

Aaron Rogers Carted off Field With Throwing Shoulder Injury (UPDATE)

Green Back Packers Pro Bowl quarterback and former league MVP Aaron Rodgers is questionable to return to game action after a tackle by Minnesota Vikings linebacker sent him to the locker room. The play in question happened during the first quarter with Rodgers rolling out of the pocket to his right with Barr pressuring him. As Rodgers released the ball, Barr landed a hit that caused Rodgers to land awkwardly on his throwing shoulder.

Rodgers could be seen voicing his displeasure at the hit, and he was carted off the field immediately back to the Packers’ locker room. 

There was heavy speculation that Rodgers has a separated shoulder or possibly a broken collarbone, but presumably pending an MRI, the Packers are officially calling it a “right shoulder injury.”

Per ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft, Sunday marked the first time Rodgers has missed a snap during the first three quarters of a game since the 2014 season. The immediate results didn’t look particularly impressive with another QB under center.

Upon Rodgers’ exit, backup signal-caller Brett Hundley promptly threw an interception to Vikings’ cornerback Xavier Rhodes, which led to a Vikings touchdown drive.

Meanwhile, Packers fans, and those who appreciate good quarterback play, in general, held their collective breath. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was one of the first to send Rodgers well wishes.

The Packers are scheduled to take on the New Orleans Saints next Sunday at Lambeau Field, and it appears the team will be without Rodgers for remainder of the 2017 campaign after it's revealed that the star quarterback suffered a broken collarbone. 

More from Complex

New Orleans Saints Knelt Before, Then Stood During National Anthem in London

The National Football League’s co-opting of Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest about adverse conditions black citizens and other people of color face into a gesture about unity and solidarity came full circle Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints opted to kneel prior to the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Saints collectively rose with locked arms once the singing of the national anthem began as they squared off in an exhibition game in London against the Miami Dolphins. 

Saints quarterback Drew Brees confirmed the gestures would take place days before as he made the announcement via Twitter September 29.

“As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem [and] stand together during the anthem,” Brees tweeted.

Three Miami Dolphins players—Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas—continued to kneel as the national anthem was sung in Wembley Stadium Sunday.

“I think it’s a good combination of showing unity and also paying tribute to the actual reason why everybody’s taking a knee,” Saints defensive back Kenny Vaccaro told ESPN. “It has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag, disrespecting the military.”

Don’t expect to see any additional live anthem coverage on Fox Sports, which has television rights to NFC Conference NFL games. The network announced last week’s practice of airing live footage during the anthem will end.

“As we have in previous broadcasts of NFL games from London, Fox will show the National Anthem as well as God Save the Queen live,” a statement from Fox read in part. “As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL game airing on FOX this Sunday will not show the National Anthem live; however, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field.”

More from Complex