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Gift Lab: DIY Designer Shoes

June 10, 2011

Product Name: Sneaker Customization Kit

Background research: As summer rapidly approaches, I’m beginning to notice that I need some new sneakers. But I’m starting to realize: either the shoes I like are too expensive or the ones that are affordable, I’m not so crazy about the way they look. Then it dawned on me, what if I were able to create a sneaker that perfectly matched my style & clothes that were already in my closet as opposed of buying a shoe, then having to go buy more things to go with it.

Hypothesis: With the sneaker customization kit, I can create my own personal design to whatever sneaker I choose.

The Experiment: I took a pair of sneakers that I barely wore, removed the laces, grabbed a couple of “sneaker preparation wipes,” cleaned off the sneakers, & let my imagination do the rest.

Being that I am an artist, I analyzed the whole ordeal way too much, beforehand. Meaning, I thought it would be far more difficult than it turned out to be. It was one of the simplest yet fastest things I could have imagined. I was very impressed with the shine & gloss quality of the paint (included in the kit). I was also extremely pleased when at the last moment I decided to change one the colors & saw how easily the wipes erased my previous decision.

Results: I ended up having a brand new pair of sneakers that took me less than and hour, that I custom made to coincide with whatever I decide to wear in my closet & I didn’t even have to leave the house!

Conclusion: I am very impressed with this item, now my only problem is I don’t know which shoes in my closet I’m going to paint next!

Need some new kicks? The sneaker customization kit is only $45– more affordable than any designer brand!


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  • Reply mark holland June 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    wow i am amazed at the result of this product it amazed me to see the result i mean i know cecil personally and he is talented but this has my jaw dropped a very amazing product again it shall go far for real

  • Reply Kenneth Green June 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

    wow..congrads man…i really love it…

  • Reply LaToya Freeman June 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Great work! Love the shoes.

  • Reply GEORGE A. MUCHITA June 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

    You’ve gone and done it again. I am over the top WOWWWWED. Aiight Mister Mister

  • Reply Daphne June 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I have been trying to figure out what to do with the sneakers in my son and daughter’s closet. This is an awesome idea! Thanks for this brilliant idea. Its a great project for us!

  • Reply Jamela June 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    MAn, I knew you had it in ya but this takes the cake! I’m hooked… when are ou going to do me a pair? I’m super proud of you!

  • Reply Mainual June 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Great idea for designers

  • Reply Rae June 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    “I painted my white shoes.” I must be a super genius. (please note sarcasm)

  • Reply Shapewear June 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I love the outcome of your shoes. I tried painting mine before but it came out horrible. I never tried it again.

  • Reply Bri June 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Rae! ^ yessss lol

  • Reply MediaGrump August 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Very cool!

  • Reply Kesha of Wegotkidz September 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Hot! Let me see if I can get the Fiance to do this to some of his kicks. I’d like to see an “un-artist” person’s interpretation. lol

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  • Reply Anna September 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    That is such an awesome idea. $45 for custom made shoes. Worth it.

  • Reply dandy September 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    the shoes are great but the kit is too much money! can buy paint cheaper and a paint brush and just use handywips to clean ur shoes! inflation here remember!

  • Reply John October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    1. why is there white paint.

    2. harder then it looks.

  • Reply Tamara October 28, 2011 at 2:08 am

    1. there is white paint so you can make different shades of colors and not just have to use primary colors…

    2. how hard can it possibly be?

  • Reply Last Shoot Photography November 17, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Shoes painting 😛
    any ways the post looks good ty for such post 🙂

  • Reply Tom White November 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This is a really great gift idea, great for all trainer enthusiasts 😛

  • Reply Top Ten Lists December 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Nice Article and good technique i will try on my shoes

  • Reply Donna Edwards April 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I love this! I am an avid crafter and this is truly my style. I have been talking to my mom about doing this for some time now, I just haven’t done it…(Don’t have a clue why) Now it is on my to do list for sure!

  • Reply zoranstefanovic June 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    sve ovo te bezvezarija!

  • Reply edward lehman June 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    hey, i love the idea of your product, but i need to know how durable they are, i cannot afford to waste money on something cool that will fall apart in a couple weeks

  • Reply cassie July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hi, Edward! The shoes aren’t included in the kit, so you can paint a pair of your favorite brand, or some that you know will stand up to the test of time. The paint itself is very durable. It’s been tested to withstand over 100,000 dry flex repetitions (mimicking how the paint would crease as you move your foot).

  • Reply Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 12:45 am

    You could do the same with craft paint and Modge Podge paint medium (you mix with the paint and use on fabric or leather) and it would cost a lot less. Plus they have a greater color variety. Never thought of doing kicks tho. Nice job.

  • Reply Lifestyle Images August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i like these shoes

  • Reply nancy drew October 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is the coolest ever.

  • Reply jayjay98 November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    this is great. thank you for idea

  • Reply Maegan December 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Um, this is AWESOME!

  • Reply fitness video December 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    My little brother is so into sneakers, he’s going to be happy to get this kit!

  • Reply Neshtoto January 9, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Really cool work there 🙂 Love these shoes 🙂

  • Reply Lili-Anne February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This is the coolest thing ever !!
    I’ll try it, if I do, i’ll post it on my blog to show the result, I’ll give your credit !!

  • Reply cassie February 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks Lili-Anne! We can’t wait to see your finished shoes!

  • Reply ggugu March 16, 2013 at 6:38 am

    the color which u used is nice.

  • Reply Sajid March 29, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Indeed one of the most wonderful kit i have ever seen in my life.. I will surely love to buy for the 45$ cost is not so much… Wao

  • Reply jho r July 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    :O no way! They look great.

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  • Reply LeSummer August 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    looks great. How long can the paint last? You have made a good color selection.

  • Reply cassie August 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Great question! The paint should last for the life of your shoes. The makers of the product did some pretty heavy-duty tests to make sure that it’s durable.

    Cassie | UncommonGoods

  • Reply LeSummer August 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for your fast response Cassie. I will go try it out soon!

  • Reply blogshop October 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

    That’s cool to make a designer shoes

  • Reply huddey May 29, 2014 at 4:41 am

    the paint sure looks good!

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  • Reply leanne January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    This is so funky,i want to get creative like this x

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    These are so so so cool

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  • Reply Shantel June 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I stumbled upon this post and I’m glad I did. This is really cool. I’m not a sneaker person , but it’s definitely something I would do for my daughter.

  • Reply sneha@hookedupon March 11, 2017 at 4:04 am

    woah….now that’s something creative…..will definitely try this.

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