The S.O introduced me to converse and I am in love. They’re super comfy and go with nearly anything depending on how laid back you are 😉
My shoes are looking quite beat up now and need some serious TLC. So I looked up two DIYs I could try to make them look brand new and add my personality to them (that’s if I ever actually get around to doing it).
First of all, I/you/we need to clean them:
- Remove the shoe’s shoelaces if the laces do not need to be cleaned. You can hand wash the shoelaces with soap and water or wash them in the washing machine if they do need to be cleaned.
- Add cold water and soap to your toothbrush.
- Lightly scrub the shoe with the toothbrush to remove dirt and sweat stains.
- You can use toothpaste to scrub the white rubber part to get it to its old white shine
- Rinse the soap from your shoes with cold water.
- Leave your shoes on a towel to air-dry at room temperature.
Now to make them pretty.
The first DIY is creating a tie and dye look on your kicks. I like this because it gives it a summery, happy-go-lucky feel.
You can go as wild as you want or just keep it simple, toats up to you.
The next one I’d like to try is studding my kicks. This just takes me back to my rocker days lol. Here are the steps courtesy of Trinkets in Bloom
What you need:
- 1 Pair of high top converse kicks
- Studs and spikes
- Screwdriver (useful if you’re using spikes w/ screws)
- Awl or sharp scissors (to poke holes)
2)Spikes down the back spine of the sneakers: To do this use a tape measure and a pencil to mark where you want the spikes to be. When you know where you want your spikes, use your awl or sharp scissors to poke a hole through your shoes where you will be putting your spikes. Be careful!!! This can be a little tricky down around the heel of the sneaker because of the reinforcement.
3)As soon as you poke your hole through your sneaker put the screw through the hole. This will keep the fabric from closing in over the hole.
4)When you have all your screws through your sneaker you’re ready to add your spikes. Using a toothpick, put a small amount of glue on the screw part and screw your spike onto the screw. This is where a screwdriver comes in handy. Make sure your screws are in tight. Glue and screw in all spikes.
5)Now you’re ready to add your studs to the sides of your sneakers. If you’ve already taken a picture with your phone that will come in very handy here. You can use a tape measure and a pencil and mark them if you want.
TIP: The best way to add glue to your studs is to put some glue on a paper plate and use a toothpick to apply it to your stud before putting it on your sneaker. Put glue on your studs and add them one by one to your sneakers.
Be careful to not use too much glue so that it squishes out and gets messy.
Super cute right? Now to see if I can manage anything near as awesome as what she created.
The point of all this is that you don’t have to get rid of your converse when they fade or look a tad battered, just revamp them and add your own unique touch. You’re not limited to the ideas above, those are just the ones I like. You can paint em, add glitter, spray paint em gold…whatever suits your fancy.