Pop Culture Fanatics, Get This Designer To Paint Your Kicks & Accessories

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Got a thing for customised shoes? Or do you want to gift your shoe fanatic friend something quirky? Check out Unhinged Customs and make it your new sole-mate. Started by Rahul Dev — Unhinged Customs makes customised shoes that are edgy, vibrant, and largely influenced by pop culture. Whether you are a 90s kid craving some Pokemon on your Vans or a DC Comics' follower who always wanted Batman on his Converse, Rahul hand paints them for you.

It all started seven years ago when a Chelsea FC fan couldn't afford its jersey. What did he do? He went ahead and painted a T-shirt and even a pair of shoes. Even though it might not have felt right then, it didn't deter his passions as he took up painting as many shoes as he could for his friends and family. Two years later, after dabbling in science, arts, and sports, he took a leap of faith. Quit his corporate job and floated Unhinged Customs. 

What we think is the best part is his attention to detail — right from the time we place an order to the moment it's shipped, he ensures everything happens seamlessly. From the very first conversation, he taps into the pulse of the art or theme we pick and only then proceeds to give that masterstroke. If you have white Nike Airs or just any of those sneakers that could do with some art on them, Rahul is the name. we're talking pop-culture to nature lovers, name it and it will be painted. Oh, for all you BTS fans, cute little toys in purples and pinks can now adorn your footwear. No wonder Soha Ali Khan and Daniel Fernandes picked him to hand paint their shoes. Priced anywhere between INR 6,000 to INR 25,000 for Vans or Converse while INR 15,000 for leather. 


Handpainting takes a good deal of time, and if you're planning it as a gift, make sure to place an order 4-7 weeks in advance. Also note that the brand does not customise on used shoes. Get in touch with the brand directly through LBB's 'Enquire Now' feature and have your footwear painted. 


Former Editor, LBB, Hyderabad.