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Custom Comic Cover Kicks

Arth Akal Paints Funky Footwear Inspired by Superheroes

— May 14, 2012 — Fashion
If these custom-painted shoes by Arth Akal went into mass production, no doubt thousands of consumers would try to get their hands on them. The talented Akal has recreated two retro comic book covers on what appears to be Vans sneakers and the resulting shoes look like something straight out of Stussy’s summer catalog. The mismatched look of the kicks adds to its appeal as each one is truly one-of-a-kind. Geeks and fashionable men everywhere are probably glaring at these pictures in jealousy.

Arth Akal has also painted a pair of shoes with contemporary versions of the characters Hulk and Iron Man, though they’re missing the vintage appeal of the old $0.12 comics. When he’s not rendering on sneakers, Akal is a prolific artist who creates images on any surface you can imagine.
Trend Themes
1. Custom-painted Shoes - Opportunity for artists and fashion brands to tap into the growing demand for personalized and unique footwear.
2. Retro-inspired Designs - Opportunity for fashion brands to leverage nostalgia and create products that appeal to consumers seeking a sense of nostalgia.
3. Artistic Sneaker Collaborations - Opportunity for artists and footwear brands to collaborate and create limited-edition sneakers that merge art and fashion.
Industry Implications
1. Art - Opportunity for artists to expand their creative expression by exploring new mediums such as footwear.
2. Fashion - Opportunity for fashion brands to differentiate themselves by offering customized and unique products.
3. Footwear - Opportunity for footwear brands to engage with artists and tap into the trend of personalized and artistic sneakers.
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