Show off Your Unique Style With One-of-a-Kind Kicks by This Local Artist

Yes, those are custom Walter’s Chucks and yes, we want them with mustard.
Photos by John Visconti

West Harrison artist John Visconti gives bland sneakers a stylish bespoke upgrade with custom artwork from local landmarks to pop culture.

Sneakers are having a major moment lately (as if they weren’t always ubiquitous). Trends to sport include chunky-soled futuristic kicks and minimalistic white renditions. Make your kicks custom, by commissioning West Harrison resident John Visconti to hand-paint your footwear with any design of your choosing.

The 32-year-old IT specialist was inspired by custom Vans he saw online seven years ago before trying his hand at personalization. After painting sneaks for a few years, he launched his business, Skinz Time to offer one-of-a-kind creations. Come to Visconti with an idea and a pair of shoes — or request he purchase them for you — and he will use printed templates, later hand-painting each design with a brush using Angelus acrylic leather paint (specifically designed for customizing sneakers). They are finished with an acrylic sealant and waterproofed for protection. Each order takes roughly 3 to 6 weeks. Popular designs include anime, landscapes, flowers, and pop-culture references. While sneakers are his specialty, Visconti can customize anything — boxing gloves, wallets, fitted caps — for any occasion, including birthdays, weddings, and holidays. A pair of sneakers, including the personalized design, starts at $175.

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