Shin Tanaka is one of the pioneers of the paper toy craze, and his work is simply adorable. Meticulously crafted, each of his creations takes 2-3 months to design, to get the correct specs. They don't have the boxy look of most paper toys, with curved lines, and actually look a lot better than vinyl, with a charming delicate feel about them.
We went to his rather unexpected day job, seriously in the middle of nowhere, and shot a cavalcade of his characters and kicks. He has worked with countless sneaker companies, gives workshops all over the globe, and has his toys displayed at the design gallery at Nike Oregon, and Issey Miyake Paris.
Go to his website, and download a template.