With the sneaker subculture forever growing, we’ve seen people transform kicks into all sorts of things. Freehand Profit created gas masks out of sneakers and recently, MF Doom & Nash Money created a pair of sneaker speakers. When it comes to transforming sneakers, we’ve seen our fair share of Sneaker Transformers.
A couple of years ago Takara/Tomy collaborated with Nike for their Transformers pack, with a pair of Transformers turning into Nike Frees. In 2007, the collaboration continued with a pack of kicks- the Air Max 90 boot, Air Trainer III and the Air Trainer Huarache. Two years later, they released a second pack consisting of the Zoom Flight Club, Zoom Fun Police, and the Zoom Sharkalaid. with the collab pushing the envelope further by using those classic Transformers boxes as packaging for the kicks. Transformers and sneakerheads alike enjoyed these packs and will definitely be a part of sneaker history.
Recently, James Visaya took Transformer/Sneaker concept a notch higher with a pair of OG transformations. If you’ve been to Sole Academy lately, you would’ve seen these Transshoeformers on display. Mr. Visaya used a beat up Nike Air Flight Huarache OG and an OG Asics Gel-Lyte III (Asics recently reissued this colorway, btw) and turned them into transformers, using every little piece of leather and rubber into works of art.
Yes, those are OG Gel-Lyte IIIs bunched up at the back. Drop by Sole Academy to seem them up close.