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Playoffs Are Back: Check Out These NBA Customs

It's been a long season, but the NBA playoffs are finally back, which means it's time to start pretending your team has a chance against the Warriors.

With the first round already in motion, now is a good time to make some custom sneakers to support your team. Check out a few of these NBA customs for some quick inspiration.

Air Jordan 1 - Milwaukee Bucks

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

After finishing the regular season with the best record in the league, Giannis and the Bucks are looking like a lock for the finals. 

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms made these customs Jordan 1s featuring a green, white, and hardwood upper with a hangtag and lace locks made by @dnicecustoms.  

Kyrie Celtics Customs

(source: @sab_one)

Celtics fans didn't get the season they expected after last year's deep playoff run, but you can't count out a team with Kyrie on the roster.

These custom green, white, and gold Kyries, courtesy of sponsored artist @sab_one, came just in time for the playoffs. Featuring a gold Swoosh, green upper, and hardwood mid, these are the perfect customs to support the Celtics.

Nets City Edition Jordans

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

The Nets easily have one of the cleanest City Edition jerseys in the league, so it's only right that sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear designed some custom AF1s and Jordan 1s to match it.

If you were lucky enough to buy one of the pairs being sold to close out the season at the Barclays Center, these are the perfect customs to wear while D'Angelo Russell and the Nets try to move on to the second round.

Trez Custom Supreme Reeboks

(source: @sierato)

Throwback to one of the cleanest pairs of game-worn customs this season. Sponsored artist @sierato made these custom Supreme Reeboks for Montrezl Harrell, who just came off a 31-point comeback against the Warriors.

If Lou Williams wasn't coming off the bench, Trez would be an easy favorite for 6MOY.

DWade Custom Jordans

(source: @solesbysir)

Easily one of the best SGs of all time. The Heat weren't able to sneak into the playoffs at the end of the season, but it was still a great final season for number 3.

Sponsored artist @solesbysir painted these custom Jordans to commemorate Wade's final year on the court. The detail on these customs is crazy. Check out this tutorial for tips on how to paint accurate skin tones so you can create paint some customs like these.

Remember to follow us on IG for more customs like these and check out our paint collection to find the perfect colors for your next customs.

Check Out These Tutorials to Level Up Your Customs

Customizing shoes lets you put your own personal take on your sneakers so you can be sure no one else is walking around with a pair like yours.

But creating a good pair of customs takes practice and a steady hand. You don't wanna ruin a good pair of shoes by messing up your designs.

We have experienced custom artist come through our studio all the time to create tutorials to help other artists learn new techniques and design tips. Check out some of these tutorials to see how you can take your customs to the next level.

Winter Wonderland 1s

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

@Kattycustoms came through to demonstrate how she turned a pair of "Rookie of the Year' 1s into an amazing pair of winter kicks.

Now, it might be a little late in the year to be wearing these, but this is a great tutorial for learning how to prepare your shoes to be painted and how to use pencils for fine lines and details.

Check out the full tutorial to see what materials she used to make these.

Fantastic Beasts - Converse Customs

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Painting skin tones can be a little tricky. You have to learn basic shading and blending techniques if you want to create customs depicting people or characters.

To help you learn these techniques, @christycustoms came by to show how she made this pair of custom Converse dedicated to the Fantastic Beasts series.

You can see the rest of the tutorial here to see how to implement these techniques on your own pair of customs.

Custom Nike Huaraches

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

One of the hardest things to do is create a pair of customs that like they came directly from the factors. Creating a finish that clean isn't as easy as painting over the original colorway.

In this tutorial, @malcolmgarret customizes a pair of Huaraches to show you how to use an Airbrush, along with some other materials, to create a clean factory finish.

Custom Dinosaur Purse

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Angelus Paint isn't limited to shoes. You can apply your designs to accessories, clothes, and furniture using many of the same tools and products that you already have.

@10andrea26 shows you how to customize a pure and create a unique neon watercolor splash effect. Check out the tutorial to see how you can replicate this design.

These are just a few of our more recent tutorials. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see some more designs you can create using our products, and remember to follow us on IG for some more custom inspiration.


Buzz Lightyear LeBrons, Heineken Air Maxes + More - Check Out This Week's Best Customs

Every week brings new amazing customs. From Buzz Lightyear-themed LeBrons to Heineken-themed Air Maxes, custom artists across the country are constantly coming up with new design ideas.

Check out a few of the best customs that we saw this past week.

Autism Awareness Air Forces

(source: @mache275)

Custom shoes are a great way to show your support for an important cause.

Autism Awareness day was on April 2, and sponsored artist @mache275 designed these custom Air Force 1s to commemorate this important date. 

90s Cartoons Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers⁣)

These next ones are sure to make you feel some nostalgia. 

These custom Vans by sponsored artist @lucha_loafers depict some of the most iconic 90s cartoon characters. Which side are you choosing - Villains or Heroes?

Buzz Lightyear LeBrons

(source: @mache275)

Sponsored artist @mache275 took it upon himself to inflict some more 90s nostalgia with these LeBron 16s.

Honoring one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time, these LeBrons feature Buzz Lightyear's classic colors. You can pick up some green, purple, blue, and red paint to try making your own.

Heineken Air Maxes

(source: @sab_one⁣)

This isn't a product placement, these Heineken-themed Air Maxes are just too clean to leave off the list.

Sponsored artist @sab_one Heineken's classic red and green color scheme and star to design one of the best pairs of custom Air Maxes you'll ever see.⠀

Deadpool vs. Wolverine Customs

(source: @ianjpaintedit)

Two fan-favorite heroes make an appearance on these customs designed by sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit. Who do you think would win?

It's not easy to recreate a design with this much detail, but you can pick up a 12 color assortment kit to try it yourself.

This is just a small sample of the many amazing customs that you can see on our Instagram, so be sure to give us a follow to see more.

If any of these designs inspired you, check out our collection of high-quality paints to find the right colors for your next project.


Sponsored Artist @Sierato Hooks Duke Up with Customs for March Madness

March Madness: One of the most hyped sporting events of the year. If that wasn't enough, Duke's rabid fan base combined with the Zion and R.J. Barrett hype has brought things to a new level this year.
With all eyes on Duke's young team, it's only fitting that they stand out even more by wearing custom made shoes while they battle their way through the tournament.
Sponsored artist @sierato made sure to hook up Duke's young starts with some clean customs for this year's March Madness.
(source: @sierato)
Zion Williamson is easily one of the most hyped NBA prospects in years -- for good reason. He's one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the nation.
People might have their eyes on Zion's shoes, in particular, after a shoe malfunction caused him to suffer a minor injury in one of the most anticipated games of the season.
@Sierato hooked Zion up with this pair of blue & white "AIRPLANE MODE ENGAGED" custom Kyrie 4s for the tournament.
Tre Jones Customs for Cancer Awareness
(source @sierato)
Being flashy isn't always the most important thing. Tre Jones announced earlier this month that his mother had been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.
@Sierato designed these custom Kyrie 5s for Tre Jones so he could raise awareness for the struggle that his mom and so many other women are facing every day.
Nolan Smith Customs
(source: @sierato)
As the Director of Basketball Operations, Nolan Smith had to show his support for The Brotherhood during the tournament.
@Sierato has to hook him up with his own pair of custom Kyries to rep his team during March Madness.
Cam Reddish Customs
(source: @sierato)
Cam Reddish also got his own pair of custom #CamFam shoes for March Madness.
Featuring the classic blue & white Duke colors, a custom lace swap, Duke's iconic branding, these are some of the cleanest on-court customs you'll ever see.
RJ Barrett Customs
(source: @sierato)
Last up is another one of NCAA's brightest prospects. R.J. Barrett got his own customs from @sierato.
The young star's custom shoes feature a clean black and white colorway with a subtle nod to Barrett's Canadian origins.
Duke Players Wearing Customs
(source: @sierato)
Be sure to check out the artist's IG to check out more of his custom designs. For information on how to get your own, visit his website.
Remember to follow us on IG to see more custom shoes and keep up with new product releases.

Check Out Some of This Week's Best Customs

If you're having trouble coming up with new custom designs, it might help you to check out some of the insane customs that have been submitted to us on IG lately.

Every week we get hundreds of amazing submissions and try to highlight some of our favorites. Take a look at these incredible custom kicks to get some inspiration for your next project.

Russell Westbrook Customs

(source: @kelshmeamy)

Russell Westbrook has accomplished a lot in his career in the last few years. He's only a few years out of being named MVP and is on his third straight season of averaging a triple-double.

Despite these accomplishments, one of the things he's most known for is his fashion. So, it should be no surprise that these amazing customs by sponsored artist @kelshmeamy were made specifically for the NBA's fashion king. They might be a little bold for some people, but they're perfect for a guy that showed up to a game in a bright orange vest.

Beavis & Butthead Jordan 1s

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms took the already clean Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard and turned it into something completely new with some creative illustration work.

These Beavis and Butt-Head Jordan 1s keep the stock orange and black color scheme but use black and white paint to create an illustrated effect.

Toasty Air Force 1

(source: @justwincustoms)

Eventually, people are going to run out of original custom AF1 ideas. Until then, though, sponsored artist @justwincustoms will continue making clean customs like these.

With orange, yellow, and a few other colors, these customs feature a burning effect on the upper with smoke stains on the sole. Just goes to show how versatile a pair of all-white AF1s can be.

Black  AF1s with Blue Swoosh

(source: @ill__customz)

Artist @ill__customz came through with a different take on AF1s. Jamil Austin used his incredible talents to take the iconic Nike Swoosh and break it open -- creating an illusion effect.

If you like these customs as much as we do, we have some good news. The artist stopped by the Angelus Lab to show everyone exactly how he made these AF1s. Check out the tutorial on our YouTube channel to see his process and what materials he used.

Blacked Out Don C 2s

(source: @wallychamp15)

You don't always have to get complicated with it to make a pair of clean customs. Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 made one of the cleanest pair of customs we've seen this week by using just one color.

These blacked out Don C 2s features an all-black body, red lining, and flat leather laces to complete the blacked out look.

Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with product news and custom design inspiration.