Custom 1-of-1 Nike Air Force 1 (From Concept to Reality)

October 9, 2021

Beginning Stages

Just like any piece of art, it all starts as an idea. A couple weeks ago, we received a new custom 1-of-1 order request from a new client (who will remain unnamed). Like any new request, our client told us their preferred base sneaker and the general design concept they had in mind. For this order, we were going to be making a custom pair of Nike Air Force 1 Lows. Generally speaking, the majority of our clients already have the exact design in mind, but there are also quite a few who are not exactly sure on what they want.

With this request, the main parts of the design the client wanted included in the design was their own brand logo and a lot of colors. We always recommend you try to provide us with as much detail as possible as it will help us in the mockup stages, but we offer unlimited edits to your mockup design so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a lot of detail in the beginning.

First Mockup

Since we didn’t have much design detail to work with in the beginning, this was the first mockup we came up with:

Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup
Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup

We made this fairly generic design and sent it over as this will usually spark some other ideas from the client. Lo and behold, it did just that.

Once the client got to see a first mockup, they sent back feedback and changes they would like to see done.

Second Mockup

For the second mockup, the client wanted the multicolor design like in the first mockup, but with a different design pattern. This is when they sent over some sample photos of designs they liked on Instagram. Out of the three they sent over, we ended up choosing the photo below to mimic that design on a pair of custom Air Force 1 Lows:

Custom Nike Air Mags
Custom Nike Air Mags


The client really liked the characters and how they all fit into the design on these Custom Nike Air Mags. So, with the power of photoshop, we cut out bits and pieces of the design on the Custom Nike Air Mags and added them to our second mockup on the Air Force 1 Lows. This was the finished design: 

Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup
Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup 2
Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup (Heels)
Custom Air Force 1 Low Mockup 2 (Heels)


As you can see, we create all of our mockups in a way that replicates what the actual design would look like on the base sneaker. Once we sent this mockup over to the client, they fell in love. 

Concept into Reality

For those of you who don’t know how Custom My Sneaker works, I’ll briefly explain. CMS is a managed marketplace that partners with individual artists in order to bridge the gap between sneakerheads and artists. Every artist we partner with is hand vetted for quality which helps us keep our platform a safe platform for shoppers. You can also read more about us here.

Although this design is very complex with all the shapes and colors, we were confident one of our partnered sneaker artists could knock it out the park. For this design, we were able to place our partnered artist, Saint Designz, in charge of completing the actual design. The results… I’ll let you be the judge…

Custom Air Force 1 Low
Custom Air Force 1 Low
Custom Air Force 1 Low
Custom Air Force 1 Low
Custom Air Force 1 Low
Custom Air Force 1 Low


Simply breathtaking if you ask me…

The best part about this design is the time and preparation our artists take in order to ensure its longevity. Every pair of custom sneakers sold on our platform gets finished with an acrylic finisher. This seals off the paint and protects the artwork from scratches and water. Now this design will last the life of the shoe, if properly taken care of. 

Submit Your Own 1-of-1 Request

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of our process and what it will be like to order a pair of custom sneakers from us, all you have left to do is submit your own 1-of-1 custom sneaker request here: custommysneaker.com/request

All you have to do is submit your design details along with a $20 down payment to secure your slot, and we’ll get to work creating a mockup that you’ll love. The best part about our process, we don’t collect payment until a final mockup is agreed upon, even if it takes 10+ edits.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns! (Contact us)