The Air Jordan 1 is one of the most well-known sneaker silhouettes ever. It has been the canvas for countless collabs between Nike and various artists, designers, and high fashion brands like Dior. For former Nike designer Jeffrey Waskowiak, aka KickRich, it was the perfect starting point to build two different customs out of non-traditional materials.
Waskowiak says the inspiration came from the current global situation, as we spend more of our time at home and rely on essential workers at places like Amazon and UPS to keep our lives running as normal as possible. Both shoes are made from the packaging that accumulates from these deliveries in many of our homes.
Amazon Prime bubble mailers make up the entirety of one shoe while UPS Express boxes make up the other. Jeffrey prides himself in his craft and refers to his pieces as wearable sculptures. You can see the level of detail and precision in both pieces as every stitch comes together perfectly. With the exception of the sole and laces everything is hand cut and crafted from the mailing material. Waskowiak says they are fully wearable and functional though he does mention they will not be as durable as leather.
View this post on Instagram
I've had so many people reach out to me about these UPS mailer bag AJ1's I made. I've talked to people from all over the 🌎 Current employees, retired employees, and others simply wanting to share a "Thank You" for the small bit of recognition it has provided to all of them in a unique way. THANK YOU to everyone for the love, but the biggest THANK YOU to all the UPS team around the globe working hard during this pandemic. 🚚 A little more to the story on this design… I frequently have both UPS and Amazon Prime deliveries to my home, which is how I collected the packaging for both of these past customs. I've received a lot of questions asking why not USPS, why not FEDEX, why not DHL, etc… The reason is simply I'm repurposing the packaging I already have into these AJ's. That was part of the point of this whole project…upcyling. Say tuned for more unique work. I'll be dropping another custom over the weekend that will be truly special 🙏 🔻Tag a sneakerhead below🔻 #KickRichorDieTryin . . . . . . . . . . #customizerdepot #theshoegame #hypedhaven #customsneakers #igkicks #highsnobietystyle #kicksonfire #lacedsociety #complexsneakers #aceofcustoms #sneakerspace #sneakerlife #theshoegame #igsneakercommunity #nicekicks #hytrapesneakers #mydailystreet #peepmysneaks #angelusdirect #modernnotoriety #kicks0l0gy #kotd #sneakeraddict #sneakergallery #sneakerhead #sneakerholics #hypebeastkicks #soldmysole #theartofstreetwear