REMIXING THE 13
The Shoe Surgeon rebuilds the Air Jordan 13
Based in Downtown Los Angeles, the Shoe Surgeon (Dominic Chambrone) has built a reputation – and highly successful business- re-crafting sneakers using premium and unexpected materials.
Yesterday, Chambrone took 12 friends of Jordan at the brand’s South State St location in Chicago through a class to rebuild the Air Jordan 13 ‘Bred’ in anticipation of the shoes release on Saturday 8/19.
Read on, as the Shoe Surgeon reviews his approach to the AJ 13, explaining what makes it one-of-a-kind from a purely construction viewpoint.
PHOTOS: JESUS DIAZ
What materials did you supply your class yesterday?
We used a black Italian suede python, perforated suede, Japanese fabric which is one of the highest end lining materials and some tools.
Was this the first AJ13 you rebuilt?
My first AJ 13 was a low. But this is the first high top, in the bred colorway.
You work with so many different types of shoes – high end, low end, different brands. What makes the AJ 13 unique?
Everything from the design, to the padding, to the binding and how the eyelets are laced. One of my favorite parts of the 13 is the hologram. I feel like this is one of the first soles that had a suede cover. I think that was very unique for the time as well.
When you have shoes that are almost architecturally built, inspired by anything from a lawnmower to a cat’s paw, do you see that in the construction compared to other shoes?
I definitely do. From the first Jordan I ever did. It’s always just been about how many pieces and how it’s layered. Like you said, it’s more of an architectural way to approach a sneaker.
What was challenging about the 13?
This was probably one of the most difficult shoes I’ve done just because of all the detail already on the shoe – from the suede sole that could so easily be messed up, to the hologram, to the reflective fabric and the eyelets.
There are shortcuts I can take on other shoes to make things slightly different, or change a detail that no one would normally see, but for the AJ 13 the goal was to create it as closely as possible to the original.
Most Jordans are very complex, due to the design. I don’t think they take any shortcuts to make production easier. The focus was definitely on the design and how the shoe looks and functions rather than how inexpensive the production could be.
The Shoe Surgeon will be giving away 23 pairs of his remixed AJ 13s. For a chance to win, pick up an AJ 13 Bred in one of the following stores:
Chicago: 23 South State Street Chicago
New York: Flight 23 Fulton St
Toronto: 306 Yonge St