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How to Make a $10k Pair of Shoes from Scratch: The Shoe Surgeon

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Dominic Chambrone aka 'The Shoe Surgeon' is one of the most well-known creators in the custom sneaker world. What began as a humble shoemaking hobby has turned into a full-time career. Relocating to LA, Dom opened up his Surgeon Studios HQ, where he creates and collabs on custom sneakers from Pizza Hut and Ebay to celebrities such as DJ Khaled and Lebron James. He's opened up a school to help train the next generation of custom sneaker creators. WATCH NEXT: The Story of Sandstorm by Darude — https://youtu.be/NsGrfU5buKc Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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Zero Cinemation (1 day ago)
The only thing i don't like is that he's not using his own branding.
leoogonzo (3 days ago)
I wanna be this guys apprentice so bad man...
Free real estate (10 days ago)
6:13 10/10 moustache
D-E-A 33 (10 days ago)
anyone know where I can find a shoe design like the one he used to put he's parts on
William Bushby (11 days ago)
Tom segura?
Jack Rollin (11 days ago)
I want to see the conversations and work done by this dude and a true classic old school shoe maker. We would see something inspiring
Richard Walley (11 days ago)
I thought that’s why people buy knock offs for A fraction of the price not more
jacklourd reambonanza (12 days ago)
can i have one pair of shoes plssss
Never Mind (12 days ago)
£10000 for them...???? What exactly makes them worth much??? The fucking clown buying them?
Donald Trump (12 days ago)
But they’re fake
Ŕx ŘÅĮĐĘŔ (12 days ago)
Do the shoe soles come directly from nike.
Alex ander (13 days ago)
underwhelming and pretentious
ghettobeats (14 days ago)
Why Nike don't come and shut them down for making fake Nikes and over pricing them?
Artem Happiness (14 days ago)
Мастер говнодав)??
Yves Saint Laurent (15 days ago)
Damn hipsters!
John Henson (15 days ago)
John Villar (16 days ago)
Hmm I sketch some shoes ? Think I could be this big ? 😅
dread knot (16 days ago)
Chinese is taking notes right now.
L.A.K BD (16 days ago)
Dope where is locate and do how much they charge ????😬
Antony Lopez (16 days ago)
Say no to 5g
Nicholas Todd (17 days ago)
I love the part where he talks about mental health. It was unexpected
This is what I'm going to do. It took me until now to realise. I've collected second hand luxury shoes for a year. I have a flashback of doing my first custom at 14 stitching a new tongue with a stash pocket for some weed on blazers. I'm going to win now.
Antonio Villapudua (17 days ago)
Really motivating
Deadpool (17 days ago)
I am doing same job in my country we run it in familly Im am 3rd gen now and I love it but what we do is shoes by measure, lether shoes for men and women, but tbh I would enjoy more in producing sneakers like this :)
Ignacio Bares (18 days ago)
so those are fake Nike? or does he have a license to use their logo?
Tan Man (19 days ago)
Convince a young idiot they're cool. 10k Boom. I'll continue to buy gold and silver. Good luck kids.
Yoyo Man (19 days ago)
When im 23 i Will take this class for sure
Kristoff Scherma (20 days ago)
Goddamned...remember when tattoos actually meant something and not. Every pansy that walked into a cup cake shop got one with a coffee order
Cool as Ice (21 days ago)
This was really cool i wonder how long they last.
Ray Ramirez (21 days ago)
cant be mad at this guy for selling shoes that are 10k but slap the dude that just spent a down payment on a house that still lives in apt that bought them
Angelo Cadena (22 days ago)
I can't help it, but i need to ask. Are those shoes still qualified as nike? Eventhough they were not created by nike? Will they be counterfeit of some sorts? No hate here, just asking.
Nolan Moore (23 days ago)
wtf my boy dom is doing it now !!!! SANTA ROSA REPPIN!!
FatWicks HotCoilz (23 days ago)
You are such an inspiration. I have two years sober, my bi polar is in check, I feel so stagnant. I feel so lost. I want to be successful but I guess things are easier said than done. I received the most amazing gift for Christmas.... Both my parents at lorosas pizzeria. I love my family. I just need to turn this stagnant water into gold. I just need to figure out how.
jose guzman (26 days ago)
Smh, glues shoes together 🤦🏽‍♂️
Cesar Silva (26 days ago)
I want to take this class
World Wide (28 days ago)
Hey Dom I worked with my hands all my Life so I got to say great job from one Italian to another
Shektek (1 month ago)
Those ebay shoes are epic
Everything vlogs (1 month ago)
You do realize 10k is 10,000 dollars right #ain'tnobodygottimeforthat
sachem Stamps (1 month ago)
,is this considered as fake?🤷🏾‍♂️
Voot Eimer (1 month ago)
Vice has done multiple stories on the pathetic obsession some men have for their fruity sneakers, but none about the violent fascist left in America, battling free speech with violence. "Journalism"
Caleb Fiveash (1 month ago)
Them comments like “idk why everyone’s hating” with a long ass speech when no one even said anything 😂
mark valis (1 month ago)
How can you make a Nike shoes? Trademark infringement
Billy Bunks (1 month ago)
Make Being A Cobbler Great Again.
Sam Edwards (1 month ago)
How much does it cost
Vardan Sims (1 month ago)
GIR 93 (1 month ago)
Ariel McMillan (1 month ago)
Super into this and I don't even do sneakers. I love the teaching component and the uniqueness of starting coursework for a segment of society growing in clout. Hip hop culture being given visibility on a bigger scale outside of rap 💯
DerickMagic (1 month ago)
is this still consider as a nike brand shoe?
greg burger (1 month ago)
No lie gave me a idea about to stop selling drugs and make replicas and sell to the off the boat Dominicans
greg burger (1 month ago)
Hes basically making replicas , hes no better then the Chinese!. If he makes bootlegs china can sell high quality replicas
tyriq perry (1 month ago)
Song @ 1:16 ?
Joe Orton (1 month ago)
Bieber madness
Res GT (1 month ago)
Mad respect ✊🏻
Rodgers Mbindyo (2 months ago)
whats the name of the song to the beat playing beginning of the video? anyone?
YUNG SALAD (2 months ago)
this guy looks like tom segura
Jonathan (2 months ago)
it doesn't look like I could actually ball in these...
Jonathan (2 months ago)
Edgar Rodriguez (2 months ago)
I love your story man. Inspirational.
Kenyatta Uhuru (2 months ago)
I like this, he uses a creative outlet as his own therapy and its working, not only is he creating his own market he's running a successful business. but he's teaching others (local youth) a skill and motivation to pursue legitimate business ventures rather than illegal ones. This should serve as an inspiration to anyone who feels disenfranchised by the system. what you buy, you can also sell whether that be a service or product. you know what the people in your surrounding market want its part of your daily life, you are the people who set the trends. money or startup is not an obstacle starting up a company is as simple as starting an LLC or other corporate entity is a fresh start towards credit and building capital profit regardless of your past financial history or debt. what you don't have or are incapable of partner with those who have diverse skills yet the same vision, professionalism and level of dedication. This video offers a message on so many levels. Dom deserves much support and praise, not only because of his personal triumph over mental illness to become a successful entrepreneur but because he offers positive life changing solutions to those facing the same challenges. Local business men like him should be sponsored by state agencies to offer workshops to people in crisis or rehabilitation programs. There is a lot of untapped talent out there that are simply misguided. it obviously worked for him.
Gutpunch Jones (2 months ago)
I need the info for this class!!
lumapas (2 months ago)
If not made/assembled by Chinese,its not a real Nike.
Chris Anderson (2 months ago)
Would love to learn to make my own shoe but I live in Wisconsin lol
FutureSenator Leader (2 months ago)
One of my dreams is to make custom sneak'rz....called china 10 years ago try'n to inquire about the protocol...the mold was $10,000 that's all I understood😱.... So, its definitely on my bucket list....your talent is award win'n....
Joshua Upham (2 months ago)
How can you use NIKE logo?
ulrey productions (2 months ago)
Who in there right mind would pay more then $65.00 dollars for a Pair of shoes
Gryphon Lalonde (2 months ago)
i dont remember tyler the creator being asain
Don Anderson (2 months ago)
Dam i would do that class in a heartbeat. Awesome job u
IBEAST CHANNEL (2 months ago)
Where to buy these sneakers or sneakers
Rizzo (2 months ago)
the last beat was too sick who is that
Tom T. (2 months ago)
Man. I'm so interested in this. But I'm an RN. Maybe I could learn this as a hobby?
Michael Williams (2 months ago)
I wanna enroll I want to make my own everything
adam burdt (2 months ago)
That's pretty close to the Nike logo. I'm surprised they dont put a cease and desist on him
Jay Garcia (2 months ago)
Fucken hipsters.........
Tÿ Bùñdîìï (2 months ago)
How much do y’all want for them IKEA sneakers 🤔
Bill b (2 months ago)
Put couple ozs of Molly or coke in them.
Broke Boyz (2 months ago)
I remember when he was still in Charlotte. S/o to you bro
Coach E (2 months ago)
Damien Williams (2 months ago)
so stress cause him a mental break down? damn. thank God hes not black. everyday life living in America would take him over tthe edge. ijs
Tobias Morgan (2 months ago)
Usually nike goes mental about people messing with there brand proper protective how did he get away with it guys work is amazing
MICROSOFT HQ (2 months ago)
American remake food asain do and make a killer profit some what sad and cool
csselement (2 months ago)
Is he licensed by Nike? Just watched another Vice doc about a guy being sent cease and desist letters for much less.
Dave Google (2 months ago)
I think it's nice to see someone going from zero to hero !
no hassle (2 months ago)
While I admire this guys passion I don't think Nike knockoff sneakers are all that fly. Saying that he is doing alright for himself compared to the starving people who make real Nike shoes in places like Indonesia.
John Cardenas (2 months ago)
What a rip off! I went to Mexico with a retro and they where able to remove the synthetic leather Jordan sells as leather and i got 100% pure snak skin for only 350$! Worth alot more then this dudes shit! I also got another pair made out of Ostrich skin! Again mexico is capital of pire learhers!
John Cardenas (2 months ago)
What a rip off! I went to Mexico with a retro and they where able to remove the synthetic leather Jordan sells as leather and i got 100% pure snak skin for only 350$! Worth alot more then this dudes shit! I also got another pair made out of Ostrich skin! Again mexico is capital of pire learhers!
Lil Kingu (2 months ago)
Cool and inspired guy,cool video !
Adrian Pimentel (2 months ago)
Hello...I love this video! I'm interested in creating my own shoes and would love to see if there is a list of qualified school in my area. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. My particular interest is to put together a weightlifting shoe with a wooden heel, similar to the Adidas Adistar 2008. If you can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it!
Şîlėñţ E (2 months ago)
I must say this video inspired me a lil as a graphic designer already i always seemed to find a way to make my own art and my own style. I wish i could be in LA making shoes with all these good people
Rayhanantha Rasya (2 months ago)
Broke ass people be hating, this is art, that's why it's expensive.
mark soraiz (2 months ago)
Kind of looks like Ethan Klein from H3H3 tbh. Good video.
Jakoubacon Du 87 (2 months ago)
Qui est ici pour le cours d’anglais?
NDK0 (2 months ago)
$10k?... You mean $10, right??
NPC .000000beta (2 months ago)
Hipsters learning how to be hip.exe//learn_kicks_run.save #robots
poisonknees (2 months ago)
It does matter that he's doing it -- it matters that he's teaching it. Good on ya.
pala bloom (2 months ago)
for me the perfect sneaker is above boring and below exaggerated, above "everyday" and below "saturday night". the perfect look is a little more than sexy but just make sure its not too much. so difficult :)
133 80 (1 month ago)
pala bloom sounds like my type of woman.
Ryne Lothrop (2 months ago)
Really well said. I dig it.
M Jones (2 months ago)
is there a reason these custom shoes all have a Nike logo on them?
Tak Radio (2 months ago)
This is awesome, glad there are people like Dom out there helping and assisting in inspiring others to be creative.
Rioeio Kha (2 months ago)
It's funny that these Sneakerheads claim to know so much about fashion and shoes, but they all dress like 13 year olds, ugly bright colours, baggy cheap looking clothes, no one cares about your " OG JORDANS" get a job , and get a life

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