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Create High-Quality Customs with These Accessories

Creating customs is a high-effort, time-consuming process. From making the initial design to preparing the shoe to implementing your design, the entire customization process can take a while. The last thing you want after spending all that time is for the final product to look bad or to be ruined by the weather.

In order to make sure your final design comes out right and to ensure that your customs are protected from the elements, make sure to pick up these materials and accessories.

Starter Kit

If you're new to making custom kicks, then you need to make sure you get started on the right foot by picking up the basic materials you need to make high-quality designs.

This starter kit will hook you up with 3 standard paints, acrylic finisher, a high-quality cleaning solution, leather preparer and deglazer, a cleaning brush, and a paint brush set.

Empty Paint Markers

For certain designs, you might find it easier to use a marker over a paint brush. It can be difficult to do outlines, detailing, and touch-ups -- especially for novices.

This empty, refillable paint marker set allows you to create your own custom markers to draw detailed designs. These feature a pump action valve which allows you to control the flow of the paint.

Check out this short tutorial to see how you can use these markers to make high-quality customs.

Masking Tape

Masking tape is a must-have for any custom artist. Masking tape will help you paint better lines without leaking onto areas of the shoe you don't want to paint.

Masking tape also needs to be tear-resistant and easy to remove without leaving any residue. New artists should be sure to add this vital product to their inventory before getting started on making customs.

Shoe Trees

If you want your shoes to last as long as possible, you need to pick up a pair of quality shoe trees.

Simply insert these into your shoes when you aren't wearing them to make sure they retain their shape. These are adjustable, so they're perfect for any shoe between sizes 6 and 13.

Also, you can use these when painting to make sure your shoes don't bend when trying to draw straight lines.

Mink Oil


For leather shoes, you need to pick up some mink oil to make sure they last as long as possible.

This product has been used for years to condition leather shoes and products while protecting them from stains and water damage. You can also use this on suede, nubuck, rough-out, vinyl, and plastic. Combined with the easy cleaner from the starter kit, this product will help make sure your customs last. Check out more of our cleaning products here.

To learn more about how you can use our products to make great customs and to see a variety of custom tutorials, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Also, be sure to follow us on IG to check out some of the incredible custom designs we post every week.

Custom Accessories Inspiration

Normally, we like to showcase the amazing custom shoes we see from artists around the country every week. This time, though, we thought we'd share a few out-of-the-ordinary customized accessories to show you what you can accomplish with Angelus Paints aside from custom kicks. Check out these custom items for some quick inspiration for your next project.

Ice Cream Gucci Bag

(source: @mache275)

To kick things off, we have this cupcake-themed, hand-painted Gucci bag by sponsored artist @mache275. With pink frosting and multicolored sprinkles, this Gucci bag is truly one-of-a-kind.

Ken Griffey Jr Hand-Painted Baseball

(source: @kendrascustoms)

Sponsored artist @kendrascustoms hand-painted this Ken Griffey Jr. baseball on commission. Using a variety of Angelus leather paints, @kendrascustoms was somehow able to achieve such a detailed design on such a small, rounded surface. The process was surely difficult, but definitely worth it.

Custom Varsity Jacket

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms took on his first custom varsity jacket project and killed it. If you want to try painting your own custom varsity jacket with a similar color scheme, pick up some black, mustard, violet, and blue paint to get started.

Custom Strat

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Definitely one of the cleanest and most unique customs we've seen so far. Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms hand-painted this custom strat to create a clean red, white, black, and turquoise colorway. If this doesn't show you the extreme variety of customs you can create with Angelus paints, then nothing will.

Custom Black Leather Chair

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Lastly, to show you the extent of what you can customize, here's "the chair" by sponsored artist @chadcantcolor. If you have some old leather furniture laying around, try picking up a 12 color assortment kit and see what you can create.

Remember to follow us on IG for reposts of amazing customs and new product announcements.


Some of the Best Customs from January

The first month of 2019 was a great month for customs. Just like every month, artists throughout the country got to work and created some amazing designs. To get some inspiration going into February, check out a few of the best customs that we saw this past month.

Off-White Yeezy 350

(source: @sierato)

First up is sponsored artist @sierato with a creative pair of 350s. Off-White x Yeezy is every hypebeast's dream and this artist brought it to life using a creative colorway and a pair of off-white-inspired shoelaces. While Yeezy's started out as hard to get, they've become a little bit oversaturated in the last couple of years. So, if you're looking for a way to make your 350s stand out then look no further.

Red and Blue Nike Cortez

(source: @kattycustoms)

@kattycustoms always comes through with the incredibly clean colorways and this is no exception. These "Homage to Home" Nike Cortez's in red and dark blue show that you can keep it simple and still stand out. Check out @kattycustom's IG for more customs like these.

"Follow Your Tart" Custom Jean Jacket

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Most of you are probably here for the shoes, but we'll get back to that in a second. This custom "Follow Your Tart" jean jacket by @chadcantcolor is too clean to leave off of the list. This perfectly demonstrates what you can do with Angelus paints beyond customizing your sneakers. Consider picking up some paints to design your own custom jacket.

Cactus Jack 4s

(source: @feelgoodthreads)

Sponsored artist @feelgoodthreads uses his talents to transform the Jordan 4 Cactus Jack into his own Cactus Jack Family & Friends colorway. If you want to see exactly how he made this clean colorway, check out his tutorial. You'll be able to see what products he used to get this look, including blue suede dye, an Angelus paintbrush set, and a suede brush.

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Lastly, sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms is here to turn your toddlers into hypebeasts. To do that, he created a custom pair of "Airdorable" Off-White Jordans just for kids. Your baby might not appreciate the aesthetic just yet, but it's important to set your kids on the right path early. Grab some light blue paint and white or orange laces to get started on your own.


Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with our favorite customs that artists from all over the country send to us every week.

Accessories Every Custom Artist Should Have

If you want your customs to be as great as they can be, you need to have the right tools for the job. From cleaning to color mixing to painting, there are a lot of accessories that you can use to make your job much easier. Consider grabbing some of these accessories to help you with your next project.

First and foremost, every artist needs a quality brush set. A high-quality set of paint brushes will allow you to create clean designs without leaving too many unwanted brush strokes. This starter set includes a #2 round, #6 flat, #10 flat, #6 filbert, and 1/2" angular brush.

One incredibly useful product that you might not have known you're missing is a heat gun. Heat guns let you apply focused heat to your customs without damaging the paint or product. Making quality customs takes a lot of time and patience. Using a heat gun can help you complete your projects a little bit more quickly.

Next thing to help make your life a little bit easier is a fingertip blade. When making intricate designs, you might need to cut your own detailed stencils. Using a fingertip blade gives you a lot more stability and control when cutting out detailed designs for small surfaces.

When you're trying to recreate a certain color, it can be hard to find the right colors to mix. A pocket color wheel can be a great tool, especially for beginners and students, to help you find the perfect paint combination to get the style that you're going for.


Lastly, you should consider picking up a high-quality airbrush to take your designs to the next level. An airbrush with an ergonomic grip will be more comfortable and give you more control when painting your customs. 

Make sure to follow us on Instagram for a constant stream of inspiration and to keep up with our latest products.