Recently a customer contacted me asking if I could do a rendition of the Air Jordan 1 Digi Camo shoe. The Digi Camo (or Digital Camouflage) Jordans were an actual shoe made by Nike/Jordan Brand that as of right now has never been released (there was only a sample shoe made which had a few pics floating over the internet). I thought it was an interesting project and decided to take it on.
First I wanted to find pics of the original shoes to use for reference. Now as I mentioned, there were only a few pics of the original shoe on the net. Unfortunately the pics weren't the best quality but I decided I would try to work with them as best I could. So here's pics of the originals followed by my custom made version:
Original Pics (pics courtesy of Kicks On Fire):
And here's the custom painted version:
The camo pattern was very challenging..even more so than elephant print. I had to special mix some paint colors to get that similar beige-like color base for most of the shoe (most of my paints are special mixes anyway...I rarely use paints straight out the bottle except with a few colors). And the laces were pretty tricky to find for a while but managed to find something similar to the ones on the originals. Overall I was pleased with the finished product (as was the customer when he saw them which was most important) and it was a fun project.