Dominic Ciambrone, often known as the “Shoe Surgeon” to celebrities like Justin Bieber, Nelly, Drake, and LeBron James, reveals he’s by no means been introduced with a design idea he didn’t embrace – or wasn’t capable of command.
“I’ve hit my head on the partitions so many instances and generally it’s taken me a 12 months to get one thing proper,” he informed Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “However I’ve by no means needed to say no to a consumer … until it wasn’t cost-effective for the consumer.”
Dominic Ciambrone is the primary particular person celebrities go to for recent designs
Ciambrone is named celebrities’ go-to professional for cutting-edge shoe designs.
His challenges included customizing Nike Lebron 15s, a present from Nike to LeBron James when he hit his 30,000-point milestone. “We wished to create one thing utilizing the rarest, most luxurious supplies match for The King,” he informed Highsnobiety.
Ciambrone additionally strikes together with his consumer’s move. “I made a blue pair of Jordan 12 for Drake and he cherished them but in addition wished them in black,” he added. “Some need particular that means integrated, others don’t.”
Ciambrone just lately created particular footwear for Nelly when he competed on Dancing with the Stars. “I assume I mashed up [a dance shoe and sneaker),” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet when it came to creating for Nelly.
“So, he came to me with wanting to create a cool shoe,” he said. “And the first thing that comes to my mind is functionality. How can I actually make something that works properly on the dance floor? And then secondary is how it looks. So, yeah, I mashed up the both in with my knowledge from shoe repair to making shoes and just the artistic, ‘anything’s possible’ mind I figured it out and made it happen.”
‘The Shoe Surgeon’ offers a way to win big
Ciambrone recently took on a new shoe design challenge when he partnered with Chips Ahoy! Fans can vote on what they want the new Shoe Surgeon x Chips Ahoy! sneaker to look like. Every time someone votes, $5 is donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help support arts programming at Clubs throughout the country.
Thirty fans will also be able to win a pair of Ciambrone’s signature designed sneakers. Plus the final design will also double as the new kicks that Chips Ahoy! animated spokes-cookie, Chip, will wear in ad spots.
“I think everyone needs a creative outlet,” he said. “That’s why I’m just so stoked on this partnership where we’re able to connect with the Boys and Girls Club and have a workshop with Chips Ahoy in the Boys and Girls Club. And also, create engagement through creativity of the process of creating the sneaker to life through people from all over.”
Through Feb. 28, fans can visit www.chipskicks.com to vote for the shoe silhouette, style, colors, and other elements they’d like to see on Chip’s sneaker. Each entry will enter them into a sweepstakes for the chance to win exclusive prizes, including a pair of the final custom sneakers, a year’s supply of Chips Ahoy! cookies, or the opportunity to attend Shoe Surgeon’s design school.