DIY: Pimp my Kicks
While its fun playing around with Nike iD and other websites that let you customize your sneakers, you realize pretty quickly that there is a limit to the amount of artistic freedom they will allow.
If you’re serious about standing apart from the crowd then making your own custom kicks might be the best option.
Take off laces and clean shoe with cotton balls dipped in nail polish remover to remove the top layer of clear coat. This step is essential so that your paint will adhere to the leather itself.
Before you go toitown oniyour new shoes with paints, I’d recommend taking the time to do a rough sketch on paper of what you have in mind of first. If you’re handy with the computer, Photoshop can be a great tool for this step.
Carefully map out the design you want to do in pencil. Make sure that both shoes have identical designs from all angles.
Begin coloring in with your paint markers. Start with the lightest colors in your design and progressively work towards the darker shades.
Allow your design to dry for 3-4 days.
On day 2 of the drying process apply a thin layer of the clear coat.