How To Customize Your Shoes

How To Customize Your Shoes

Designing and painting your own custom shoes is a fun way to put your artistic skills to use while also creating apparel that reflects your particular style. However, if you've never attempted personalizing a pair of sneakers before, you may be concerned about destroying them.

Knowing what supplies you'll need and knowing some basic preparation and painting skills will let you jump right in without fear of making errors.

In this essay, we'll employ Angelus Paint brand tips and techniques, which is a popular brand among customizers. They are well-known, experienced, and genuine paint vendors who take pride in their work. Their paints are fantastic.


Here's what you need to know to start creating your own custom sneakers.

What Materials Do I Need?

To begin, you'll need the appropriate supplies; it's not as simple as picking up some paint and brushes. To prepare and safeguard the shoe, you'll also need the necessary equipment.

  • Paintbrushes: Paintbrushes: A good paintbrush set is essential for generating smooth creations with few brushstrokes. Working on micro-details necessitates the use of detail brushes. Detail brushes are key to creating clean customs with micro brushstrokes.  
  • Heat Gun: A heat gun will help paint layers set fast, and those heat settings are required when working with certain products such as the 2-Soft on soft paints.
  • Paint: Low-quality paint can chip and peel when used on leather. High-quality acrylic paint such as Angelus will adhere strongly to your shoes and last for a while. Quality over price.
  • Cleaner: You'll need a brush and shoe cleaner to maintain your paint finish clean and protected over time. If you don't clean up after yourself, dirt and grime will cause your paint to crack and peel.
  • Masking tape: The simplest way to avoid paint from spreading to unwanted regions of your shoes is to use it to separate specified portions.
  • Leather Preparer & Deglazer: Prep is the first step to customizing leather shoes, so the Leather Preparer & Deglazer will help paint stick and get rid of that factory finish. If you find this too expensive or unnecessary, know that it is very necessary. In this case, you can use nail polish remover, or any kind of acetone remover.
  • Water & Stain Repellent: When applied, Water & Stain Repellent provides an a coat that ultimately stops your shoes from getting water damage, or stains. However, this is not a necessary step. 
  • Acrylic Finisher: After you finish painting, acrylic finisher can provide a clean finish. This is very necessary as it protects your work. 

After you've gathered your supplies, it's time to figure out how to use them. More than simply footwear can be customized.

Custom Sneaker Tutorials

Learning from those who have previously mastered a new talent is the most effective approach to acquire it. We collaborate with a variety of well-known sneaker painters at Angelus to develop videos on everything from cleaning your sneakers to painting sophisticated effects.

Check out some of the tutorials below:

Learn the basics

If you've never tried painting shoes before, these videos will teach you how to.

The Do's & Don'ts of Using Angelus Paints demonstrates how to properly prepare shoes for painting and apply paints for a clean finish and good adherence.

Check out FAQ: What's the Best Way to Clean My Sneakers? to discover how to clean your sneakers without damaging them or ruining the custom paint work on your shoes

Watch this tutorial to learn how to clean, customize, and restore an already worn pair of sneakers.

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