Kickstradomis, ‘Your Fave NBA Player’s Fave Shoe Customizer’: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Getty Salvador Amezcua, known as Kickstradomis, has customized the shoes of over 40 NBA players.

With this season’s NBA players getting the go-ahead to wear any colored shoes that they want, shoe customizer Kickstradomis has been a busy man.

In the last year, LA native Kickstradomis, whose real name is Salvador Amezcua, has blown up as an NBA shoe customizer. On his Twitter page, he describes himself as “Your fave NBA player’s fave shoe customizer.”

And it’s true, he is. Kickstradomis has made custom kicks for over 50 NBA players, including some of the biggest names in the sport. With restrictions on shoe coloring being lifted this season and his notoriety rapidly growing, we’re likely to see Kickstradomis shoes on the court most nights.

As you keep an eye out for his custom kicks, here’s what you need to know about the man behind the shoes:


1. He’s Been an Artist Since He Was a Kid

In an interview with BAC Magazine, Amezcua said that he’s been an artist since he was four years old. “I’ve always been good at drawing, painting…” he says, “Then when I got older I started doing graphic design–I learned it all on my own.” His artistic background and passion for shoes have made him a formidable force in the shoe game. Players simply give him an idea of what they’re looking for, and he runs with it.

He comes up with all of the designs himself and is behind all of the dirty work, too–a one-man show that his artistic childhood set him up for perfectly.


2. He Became Kickstradomis by Accident

As Amezcua tells it, he became the most coveted shoe customizer in the NBA almost completely by accident. He knew he liked art, but didn’t think to paint shoes until his cousin approached him to restore a pair. After he finished the restoration, he decided to try his hand at painting a few.

In his interview with BAC Magazine, he said, “As I did more research and I saw you could actually do art on the shoes, that’s when I said to myself ‘I can do that too.'”

His first Instagram post as Kickstradomis dates back to March 5, 2014. Since then, there are hundreds of pictures on his IG showcasing his work over the years. His first YouTube video was posted on his channel later in 2014, with several videos since.

He’s made a lot of progress over the years, but he wasn’t always such a high-profile NBA customizer. That change came somewhat recently, beginning around the 2017-2018 preseason.


3. He Almost Dropped Out of the Business, Just Before Making it Big


KICKSTRADOMIS IS ALIVE!! THE RETURNIts comeback season peeps! LIKE, Subscribe and share! FOLLOW me on Instagram! instagram.com/kickstradomis2017-08-24T06:40:12.000Z

In 2016, on his way to Sneakercon, Amezcua was in a serious car accident. He never made it to the event, and spent the next year off the grid as he battled financial trouble, back pain, and depression. He got a warehouse job earning minimum wage, and as he describes it he was barely hanging on both mentally and financially.

“Before I started painting kicks,” he said, “I only had two pairs of shoes. It’s all I could afford. And I was, like, 26 years old. So that kind of gives you an idea of how low I was at that point.”

But just before the 2017-2018 season, he decided to check his Instagram to see if any NBA players still followed him after the hiatus. He noticed Karl-Anthony Towns on his follower list and decided to send a message.

That message ended up changing his entire life. KAT responded almost immediately, and enlisted Amezcua to customize a pair for him.

His Halloween “Jason” pair ended up going viral, and since then Amezcua has been the NBA’s premier shoe customizer, working with James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, Montrezl Harrell, and tens of others.


4. He Made ‘Free Meek’ Shoes for James Harden

Shoe customization leaves plenty room for a statement, and Kickstradomis has been able to make a few with his shoes. He teamed up with a few players for some Martin Luther King Jr. themed kicks, and hooked James Harden up with a pair demanding the freedom of rapper Meek Mill.

Meek Mill is a good friend of Harden’s and was imprisoned last year under controversial circumstances. Amezcua’s shoes helped Harden make a statement on the court, something that’s becoming more and more common these days.


James Hardens #FREEMEEK Customs he will wear on TNT! 🔥🔥LIKE SUBSCRIBE COMMENT Customized these for James Harden paying homage to his close friend Meek Mill whos in Prison.2017-12-28T02:48:57.000Z

5. He Hopes to Open a Few Shops, and Maybe Even Start a Reality Show

In his BAC interview, Amezcua hinted at a reality show and said that he would love to have his own shops. Ideally, they’d be a cool place to hang out; his NBA friends could come and go and he could do custom work on the spot.

Maybe in preparation, he’s already doing reality show-esque things on his YouTube channel. He details his processes, posts timelapse videos, and makes videos of himself delivering the shoes to players–all of which would be perfect fodder for a custom-kick reality show.


Dropping off Fortnite Custom Kobes at Josh Hart's Crib!Had to hand deliver these in person! Josh Hart's favorite game is Fortnite so you know I had to go crazy on these! Like and subscribe!! kickstradomis.com2018-02-23T00:25:34Z

It’s not hard to imagine a show like this taking place on a channel like Vice, as they already have done a documentary short with him. It’ll be interesting to see if anything ever gets in the works, and if Amezcua goes from down-on-his-luck artist to multi-media superstar.

Reality show or not, though, he’s set to become a legend in the shoe game. We’re sure to see a ton of his work on the NBA courts this season.

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