In recent years, artists like Cey Adams, Shantell Martin, and Tom Sachs used customized footwear to explore the dynamics between factory production and individual handicraft, brand identity and individuality, functionality and expression. Acknowledging sneakers’ deep connection to history and popular culture, artists have turned sneakers into canvases for personal and autobiographical drawings and reflections on collective touchstones. Whether commemorating Barack Obama, empowering South American migrants, or reinterpreting classic comic villains, artists’ sneakers speak to a wide range of personal and social issues.