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Photo left: DEZ Customz canvas painting. Photo top right: Shoe art project commissioned by Beth Roethlisberger. Photo bottom right: Shoe art project commissioned by Mohammad Sanu. Photos by DEZ Customz.

Originally, Zambrano wanted his company to focus on custom designed apparel, more specifically t-shirts. However, when a business opportunity presented itself, Zambrano could not pass it up. After being approached by a businessperson interested in the sneaker business, DEZ Customz was born. Focusing on sneakers and related products like cleats and gloves, DEZ Customz takes orders from high profile and locally based clients and create a product that is made specially for the them.

encompassing that idea.”

The most popular orders are their commission pieces. “What we do every day is the custom sneakers, and that’s what we specialize in,” said Zambrano. “We’ll take a client’s idea and we will take that and specialize it. A lot of the time a client will come in with a vague idea and we will create a very aesthetically pleasing item

Zambrano has also done work for professional football players, from the Pittsburg Steelers to the Atlanta Falcons. Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has cleats with a portrait of his son painted on them. Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberge for the Steelers both put their DEZ Customz on display: they both have

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With about six—ten orders coming in per week, catering to walk-ins and every customer’s needs becomes difficult. Hence, apparel is usually pre-made and displayed in store for sale. They ensure there is a consistent six-week back order on apparel but this isn’t enough time for the team to, “do something and have it sit there.” Typically, sneaker prices start at $250.

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