The LA born artist is famed for his leather-crafted creations. Taking iconic silhouettes, Dominic replaces the uppers with premium grade materials or even changes the design of the shoe entirely. In this case, he fused together design elements from two popular shoes; the Nike React Element 87 with the timeless Jordan 1.
The result is a shoe that combines contemporary and vintage styling in the most effortless way possible. The clear synthetic uppers of the React work surprisingly well on the high-top. Just like that running trainer, an oversized tongue features along with a metallic Swoosh to the sidewall.
Keeping the classic AJ 1 silhouette, The Shoe Surgeon added clear ripstop materials and premium Italian leathers to the upper. Design elements from the React Element 87 like the distinctive tongue pattern and zig-zag stitching were also added.
“Not many people understand the time it takes to execute something like this,” The Shoe Surgeon wrote on Instagram. ‘There were many patterns, pullovers, adjustments, material testing, trial and error, and even wear-testing to make sure everything was executed to the best of our ability.”