7.20.2006

How to Customize some Vans Sneakers...

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Follow the steps I took to create six custom painted Vans Slip-ons.


Start with your bare-bones pair of sneakers (in this case Classic Vans Slip-ons, Tons-o-Real Estate to paint) Make sure they are ever so fresh and so clean.



Next I decided to dye these with Rit Dye to give the whole shoe a good base color. Important...before you dye, make sure to run the shoes through a good wash cycle. Then follow the direction on the dye pack from there.



Next I taped off ALL the areas that I did not want to paint. This is quite thereputic !



I sprayed a base grey tone with spray paint and then splatterd paint darker and lighter grays with a brush to give the shoe a good RAW texture.



Next, I cut and designed a stencil and used sticky vinyl material. I also stuffed each shoe with newspaper, so I would have a good hard surface to lay the stencil on.



Normally I would just use Spraypaint...but I have found you get less spray-off and more detial when you use an airbrush. So for these I used a airbrush for each layer.



Finally, pull off all the tape and clean rubber with light mineral sprits...Done!



Oh Yeah, I painted this Ford Falcon to match the shoes...

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fanfreakintastic.

Anonymous said...

that is very creative....now i wanna do it...peace vicki

Anonymous said...

im gonna give it a go,
thanks for the heads up!

JTS
>>>

Jc said...

nice work.. i love ur art and the different canvas that u use

-Jc

Anonymous said...

you must know the true identity of jesus. your work is of a divine nature.

timothy said...

super fresh

labinsac said...

phat phat phat!..rock on dude---
labinsac

peat said...

Yo thanks for the props...and yes I know Jesus from way back in the day!

klingatron said...

sweet as a nut Peat, lookin good and painting the car to match the sneaks, now that is off the wall.

Alex D said...

very inspiring shoes you got there! thanks for the insight on your process!

Anonymous said...

That shit is so tite!
You should sell em ;) $$$

BrianHavener said...

Man, I want some of that action... And the shoes are way cool too! Peat, you have outdone yourself once again my friend!!

peat said...

These all were Commishioned by a sneaker shop...They bought'em all! So please no more e-mails about buying these...

Please Make your own...this is why I post the DIY.

Also, If you did make some send me your snaps! peat@stenSOUL.com

Woody said...

Peat that is bombtastic! I'm sorry I missed the party. I'll have to see if you can do a pair of size 13s to match my drums!

Anonymous said...

hey your shoes are amazing. i have a quick question for you thou.... do you need to spray anything on the shoes to protect the paint. I have customized my own shoes with spray paint, and i am wondering if i need to spray anything on it to protect the paint from running, or to stop the paint from coming off on my jeans. Thanx you. Any help is appreciated

Kohler Bullshitter - 'the Peacock' said...

"That's fucking hot!" Badd Ass Mofo shoes!

Dogtown!

Anonymous said...

cool man

Techman said...

Thank You a true Paint Warrior

Anonymous said...

I have paif of these VANS...Got em at R'Sole...You do good work

Anonymous said...

question, does spray paint work for vans canvas slip ons? i am curently using acrylic fabric paint. i want to switch to spray paint. will the spray paint chip off? any advice?

peat said...

Spray paint should work great...
Just make sure the acrylic paint is not loose and chipping off underneath....if it is just flake off all the loose paint.
good luck.

Kat said...

ok well imma try this real fresh man .question though is there anything i need to put on afterwardds so that they stay fly.. well any suggestions are wanted ..im newbie soo lol but ya hit me at jaslen15@yahoo.com

Bren said...

Where can I buy these?!?!

Bren said...

Sorry for asking to buy...didn't know they were commissioned. They're awesome

amberr said...

this HAD to have taken a long time.

smilez(^o^) said...

Hi.. may I know how do I paint the shoes without using airbrush? I painted my shoes with poster colour.. but do not know how to waterproof it. Can You teach me>?

crystalshea said...

nice. i want to sale mine. i don't stencil-but i think i'll give it a go- i'm sure it goes a lot faster.

http://www.emprisedesign.com/wed/2.jpg


http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/crystalshea/calebsshoes.jpg

-crystalshea

nadiv said...

dude those shoes r soo nice can u help me find sum tencils to cuz i need sum for my shows and cant find any that i like

Anonymous said...

so did you run the vans through the washer with the dye, or did you tape them off then dye them...im guessing you put em through the washer, but just to make sure...huh??

Anonymous said...

the rubber didnt dye?

Anonymous said...

dang those r active man i wont sum of those they the business lol......

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Anonymous said...

hey, we are looking for someone to customize our vanz... we'll pay you...hit me back @ damediva187@aol.com thanx

Lucifer Harker said...

I might do this 4 all my friends, thanx for the directions... as soon as I showed people everyone asked me to make them some (im known as an artist type person) thanx again

Lucifer Harker said...

does this also work with other vans shoes (like skate shoes)

Nate said...

Hey I'm trying to make my own pair and I'm having a little trouble with the rit dye. How do i dye the shoe canvas without dying the rubber and the sole of the shoe?

Thanks for your help they look sick!

nathanbalkman@gmail.com

peat said...

NOt sure nate...I just threw mine in and the rubber did not die.

good luck son...

London Builder Stu said...

Hehe, seems like you have a little factory or shoes now. They look great though and kudos for the idea.

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London Phone Number said...

WOW, wicked design, need to get a blank canvas and then learn how to actually draw well.

sri said...

Ideally you want the load to be as low as possible and in the centre of the wheelbase. Used Vans

Anonymous said...

Hey. I'm planning to customize my Vans Era. I already dyed them with blue but the stitches I made didn't dye. I want to cover them. Also, I want to change the color of the rubber. What can you suggest? And what kind of spray paint should I buy? Please, I need your help.