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Nikita Iyer - Australian Sneaker Customizer Interview


Hapsari Listya
December 21, 2022

Growing up in three different countries and the mindset that every sneaker is art makes Nikita, @theofficialkita, always have the idea to customize every sneaker she owns. As she admires Aleli May, she wants to get Aleali May x Women’s Air Jordan 14 Retro Low SP 'Fortune' someday!

What was the moment you first got drawn to sneakers, and which pair of sneakers triggered your passion?

I vividly recall seeing the low-cut Converse Chuck Taylor back in 2006 or 2007. That was the silhouette that sparked the drive to change, deconstruct and recreate.

While my classmates were collecting keychains to flaunt on their school bags, I was swapping over shoelaces and scribbling on my beaten-up pair of Converse.

“Follow your passion and it will lead you to your purpose” - The confidence that it gave me,  to know that my shoes were a reflection of my personality and aesthetic, and no one else had them was the catalyst for what I do today.

All images via @theofficialkita

What are some of your observations or personal stories when it comes to collecting kicks?

To me, sneakers are art. Each pair is so unique and so perfectly curated and as an artist myself, I can't help but admire each and every pair. With that being said, I don’t consider myself to be a sneaker collector.

Although I do applaud sneakerheads for their love for shoes and their history, yet as a custom sneaker designer and artist, I have to resist the urge to put sneakers on a pedestal - If I did, I wouldn’t be able to put a blade to the shoes and paint on them every day.  I have to allow myself to forget the importance and value of the sneaker in order to create something new.

I saw you often do sneaker customs. How do you find some inspiration? Feel free to share photos of your work.

My inspiration usually comes from the people and places that surround me. Growing up in Singapore, India, and Australia, I was exposed to a variety of art, music, and culture at a young age. The constant change in the environment has nurtured a lifetime of inspiration that I am forever grateful for.

If ever I am facing a creative block, I’ve found that social media is a great mechanism to find inspiration. I’m learning to utilize social media as a positive tool to learn from, share, and build a network with other talented creators.

What are some of the current pairs of sneakers in your rotation?

Right now my go-to sneakers are my Murakami Print Airforce 1 and Frosted Glass Jordan 1s.

Can you please describe how it feels to you when you get and wear a new pair of kicks?

Getting a new pair of kicks is like venturing into undiscovered territory. I never know exactly what is going to come from it, but it always guarantees an adventure worth experiencing.

I try not to place value on the shoes until after I have customized them, so my mind races with ideas as soon as I have a new pair of shoes. I typically spend the first day just staring at the shoes, looking closely at the textures and stitch work - creating a mental strategy of the shoe’s future.

What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

Daniel Arsham x Aleali May.

What are some of your favourite creators/designers or brands and why?

Some of my favourite custom sneaker creators at the moment are @lorenz.og, @andu.c, and @camcreatez.

Custom sneakers have never been more prevalent than now, and in a market that is almost over-saturated, I feel like these custom shoe designers allow for a plurality of thought and inspire me to think out of the box.

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not managed to acquire so far?

The ultimate holy grail sneaker that I have not managed to acquire would easily have to be the Aleali May x Women’s Air Jordan 14 Retro Low SP 'Fortune'

Other than kicks, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

My phone and most definitely my iPad.

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me on Instagram - @theofficialkita

An ailurophile who loves bake cookies and listen to indie music!