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Nicki Leist’s custom denim 860s by Christopher Shannon

Nicki Leist over in Germany sent in this pic of his custom denim NB 860s. The shoe is a sample built by an English student named Christopher Shannon. Nice work guys!

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M574 by mnnf

Japanese artist, mnnf has done a series of three 574s using cardboard paper paper rope and twine. Absolutely amazing!! Info and pics courtesy of Ro @ 5th Dimension.

“For mnnf inquiries, original artwork, commissions or to get on the mailing list, please email: info///at ///woven.jp”

M574 by mnnf – “Sasurai”, “M574”, “Ru”

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M574 Sasurai (Roaming)

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M574 Ru (Flow)

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Joy Division custom NB update

From Dylan Adair, the Montreal-based designer of the Joy Division NB customs:

“So…. I’ve watched these photos get posted on a few sites now and I think that it’s time to put some things to rest. I did these NB customs, and the Nike Blazer was my work as well. The blazer was done in late 2005 as my contribution to Sneakerpimps when the expo stopped in my hometown of Montreal, Canada. The main impetus for doing the project was that I felt that a lot of “themed” shoes were pretty weak in terms of the story that they were trying to tell. I set about trying to incorporate as much detail to the shoes as Peter Saville, 8VO, or Johnson Panas would have put into any of the Factory releases. The shoe was my way of commemorating 25 years since Ian Curtis had passed. I had a blast doing it and listening to JD, ACR, NO, Durutti, etc. while I was working on it. That’s it.

– I was asked by NB to customize a pair of 576’s after they saw the Blazers. I re-did the white Unknown Pleasures concept and the Black and Green look was inspired by the Substance ’87 album cover.
– From what I have been told, they (NB) are passing on the project. The shoes are a one-off prototype, and will stay that way…
– New Order are keen to do something concurrent with the release of the film Control, so who knows what will pop up this year. From what I gather, they liked the shoe.
– Is Ian rolling in his grave… likely.
– Did he roll in his grave when Supreme used JD/NO artwork in 2005 and Raf Simons did in 2003? – Likely.
– This was as much about reaffirming Saville’s influence on me as a designer as my love of the band.
– There was a Hacienda inspired treatment for a Nike Stab as well.

Thanks for the lively discussion.”

Via CT Forums

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Joy Division NB spotting

The Joy Division NB’s in their natural habitat:

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Via Manchester Confidential

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Joy Division custom NB

On display at Ran in Manchester is a custom NB by a mysterious Canadian with a thing for Joy Division / Factory Records.

The art from the band’s 1979 debut record is used in the tongue tag and insole.

“The album cover, designed by Peter Saville based on a graph of 100 consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919, is regarded as a classic of minimalist sleeve design. The image was found by Sumner in a book of astronomy and represents “the final flashes of a dying star.”” — Wikipedia

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Via Seenmy @ Exclusives, CT forums, EUKicks

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