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May book HighlightCustom Kicks

Custom Kicks by Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat(Paperback – May 15, 2008)

The newest in a long line of books on tennis shoes, Custom Kicks, appears to be primarily an art/coffee table book, whereby 150 artists and illustrators were invited to customize a pair of shoes for inclusion. The Amazon description claims that the “main focus is on the artwork but the text examines the trend.” The art and design publishing house Laurence King produced the book, and it was the brainchild of Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat of Maki, a design firm in the Netherlands that makes graphic t-shirts. More details (including interior art ) is available from the Cartel Agency Blog.

It’s unclear if this book would really be that useful to historians or journalists studying the idea of customization and DIY, but the Amazon Page page starts off with an Paris Hiltonesque phrase: “Customizing is hot.” Other newish books along these lines include:

Where’d You Get Those? by Bobbito Garcia (Reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and the New Yorker) (September 15, 2006)

The Sneaker Book: 50 Years Of Sports Shoe Design by Tina Skinner and Melissa Cardona (August 30, 2005) Watch for more new books this Summer – there are some goodies on the horizon.

Until next time,


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