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Check Out Some of This Week's Best Customs

If you're having trouble coming up with new custom designs, it might help you to check out some of the insane customs that have been submitted to us on IG lately.

Every week we get hundreds of amazing submissions and try to highlight some of our favorites. Take a look at these incredible custom kicks to get some inspiration for your next project.

Russell Westbrook Customs

(source: @kelshmeamy)

Russell Westbrook has accomplished a lot in his career in the last few years. He's only a few years out of being named MVP and is on his third straight season of averaging a triple-double.

Despite these accomplishments, one of the things he's most known for is his fashion. So, it should be no surprise that these amazing customs by sponsored artist @kelshmeamy were made specifically for the NBA's fashion king. They might be a little bold for some people, but they're perfect for a guy that showed up to a game in a bright orange vest.

Beavis & Butthead Jordan 1s

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms took the already clean Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard and turned it into something completely new with some creative illustration work.

These Beavis and Butt-Head Jordan 1s keep the stock orange and black color scheme but use black and white paint to create an illustrated effect.

Toasty Air Force 1

(source: @justwincustoms)

Eventually, people are going to run out of original custom AF1 ideas. Until then, though, sponsored artist @justwincustoms will continue making clean customs like these.

With orange, yellow, and a few other colors, these customs feature a burning effect on the upper with smoke stains on the sole. Just goes to show how versatile a pair of all-white AF1s can be.

Black  AF1s with Blue Swoosh

(source: @ill__customz)

Artist @ill__customz came through with a different take on AF1s. Jamil Austin used his incredible talents to take the iconic Nike Swoosh and break it open -- creating an illusion effect.

If you like these customs as much as we do, we have some good news. The artist stopped by the Angelus Lab to show everyone exactly how he made these AF1s. Check out the tutorial on our YouTube channel to see his process and what materials he used.

Blacked Out Don C 2s

(source: @wallychamp15)

You don't always have to get complicated with it to make a pair of clean customs. Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 made one of the cleanest pair of customs we've seen this week by using just one color.

These blacked out Don C 2s features an all-black body, red lining, and flat leather laces to complete the blacked out look.

Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with product news and custom design inspiration.

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.

Creative Customs

It's got to be hard to come up with a design that we haven't seen before, considering the hundreds of pictures we get tagged in on a weekly basis. But, somehow, custom artists manage to keep coming up with clean, unique designs on a regular basis.
Check out some of these customs from the last couple of weeks to get some inspiration for your next project.
Bape Old Skools
(source: @ianjpaintedit)
First is sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit it with a clean pair of Bape-inspired Old Skools. You can't go wrong by combining two of the most iconic brands in streetwear. What really tops these off is the custom brown and green leather lace swaps with gold aglets. Grab some avocado, white, black, and red paint to get started on your own.
Mardi Gras Nike Air Force High
(source: @kattycustoms)
Sponsored artist @kattycustoms uses a pair of Nike Air Force Highs to create a custom Mardi Gras design. Check out her tutorial on our YouTube channel to see the materials she used and the process she followed to complete this clean colorway.
Bucks 1s
Shout out to the MVP-candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks for having an amazing year. These custom dark greenwhite, and hardwood Bucks-themed customs by sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms are the perfect pair of customs to commemorate this incredible season.
Gold LeBrons
(source: @mache275)
Sponsored artist @mache275 came through with these clean gold LeBron's that are perfect to celebrate LeBron passing Jordan on the all-time scoring list. The Lakers have a had a disappointing season by most people's standard, but that hasn't stopped LeBron from achieving greatness.
Custom Hyper Adapts
(source: @jwdanklefs)
Nike's new HyperAdapt self-lacing shoes are seen by some as the future of footwear. It definitely helps that they applied this new technology to such a nice silhouette. Sponsored artist @jwdanklefs took these even further by creating his own "Stay True" custom design featuring a clean purple and light blue color scheme. 
Hopefully, you enjoyed these incredibly creative customs. Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with a constant stream of custom inspiration.

This Week's Best Customs

It's tough to pick the best customs from any given week as artists tag us in hundreds of pics on IG every week. However, we try to pick out a few of the most notable ones to give you some inspiration for your next custom project. So, here are a few of the best customs we saw from the past week.

Valentine's Day Vans

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Sponsored artist @chadcantcolor came through with the custom Valentine's Day Vans. Using a combination of black, pink, and red paint this artist hand-painted a detailed and clean design that is perfectly suited for this holiday.

DBZ Customs

(source: @sierato)

Sponsored artist @sierato created a custom pair of DBZ-themed kicks for @shareefoneal for NBA All-Star Weekend. This artist used an assortment of high-quality paints to create this design inspired by one of the most iconic animes of all time. To top things off, @sierato swapped out the stock laces for a pair of red rope laces.

Wood Grain Custom 1s

(source: @kingdom_made)

Artist @kingdom_made makes another appearance on the list with these amazing custom Jordan 1s. These customs have a lot going on. From the clean wood grain design to the checkerboard heel, this artist took his time to design one of the cleanest customs we've seen in a long time.

Custom Black Blazers

(source: @justwincustoms)

Sponsored artist @justwincustoms is next with two unique designs. One custom features a glitch design while the other features a burnt Swoosh. You can grab an assortment kit to try to recreate this unique pair of Blazers. Make sure to include white, red, turquoise, black, and orange in your kit.

In-N-Out Customs

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

The restaurant might be overrated, but these customs definitely aren't. Artist @astrotorfcustoms is last on the list with a pair of custom Yeezys inspired by California's iconic fast-food chain. If you want to create your own pair, all you need is red and mustard paint to get started.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram to check out more of our favorite customs and be notified of giveaways and new product releases.

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.