Ever since a young lad, I have always cared about the type of sneakers I wore. Whether it was a pair of Chuck Taylors or Filas, it was always a priority. Many a time I even sacrificed comfort for style. Now as a collector and enthusiast, it’s the finer details that matter more.

Last Saturday I was invited on behalf of DopeKoto to BespokeIND’s very first Meet and Greet. Along with that the admittance to the mind-blowing Bespoke vault. Damian’s collection holds everything from 1985 OG Jordans to the most coveted New Balances, making it a heaven for enthusiasts.

BespokeIND is a dojo for sneakerheads. A place to hang out and talk sneakers and even have an opportunity to build one yourself. Tucked away in the back streets of Kensington, Melbourne sneakerheads gathered to experience all that is BespokeIND. The introduction of Nike ID saw the ability to design your personal sneaker which spiced things up a little bit in the scene. BespokeIND takes that to the next level with likes of finer materials including sharkskin and vegetable tanned leathers. Now that’s something you will not find on Nike ID.

Damian, along with the rest of the BespokeIND team including partners Chase and Matthew Mack (a.k.a KicksIcon), hope to bring the community closer together. They invite people from all over the world to experience the exciting process. The build-to-order process takes up to 12 weeks and involves consistent liaison with the client throughout. As an added treat, each order will also receive a KicksIcon framed print. If you’re still pondering the idea, check out the photos above of some finished products and rest assured it’s worth the wait.

@photomok3y rocking the Jordan 1 Bespokes with an all shark upper and deer skin tumbled liner.

As refreshing as it was to see the familiar faces, I also had the opportunity to meet a bunch of new heads with a like-minded passion for sneakers. It was a joyous afternoon with mates, beers and satay chicken skewers, what not. Props to the guys on the grill for keeping everyone well fed.

A very big thank you to Damian and the BespokeIND team for having me present. For a consultation visit BespokeIND.com.au and shoot them a message. KicksIcon’s awesome prints are also available here!

Shout out to Jay from The Kickz Stand and check out the rest of the photos I took on the day below!