Generally, when we think of stylish sneakers, names like Nike, Adidas, Converse, PF Flyers, Vans, and New Balance come to mind. What definitely never crosses into our thoughts, however, is a bourbon maker. Well, it looks like that might be about to change because the folks at Bulleit Bourbon have just unveiled a unique 3d-printed footwear project.
A part of Bulleit’s Frontier Works project — which previously included the creation of a 3D-printed fully-featured bar — these sneakers took a whopping 200 hours to develop and were designed alongside Dallas-based artist Kyle Steed. And while the structure of the shoe was created by a machine, each pair is actually hand-painted with a design meant to pay homage to the idea of community, togetherness, and the human experience. Unfortunately, there aren’t plans for these sneakers to see a wide release — though a select few are on sale right now for $250 apiece on online retailer Sneaker Politics.