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Check Out These Tutorials to Level Up Your Customs

Customizing shoes lets you put your own personal take on your sneakers so you can be sure no one else is walking around with a pair like yours.

But creating a good pair of customs takes practice and a steady hand. You don't wanna ruin a good pair of shoes by messing up your designs.

We have experienced custom artist come through our studio all the time to create tutorials to help other artists learn new techniques and design tips. Check out some of these tutorials to see how you can take your customs to the next level.

Winter Wonderland 1s

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

@Kattycustoms came through to demonstrate how she turned a pair of "Rookie of the Year' 1s into an amazing pair of winter kicks.

Now, it might be a little late in the year to be wearing these, but this is a great tutorial for learning how to prepare your shoes to be painted and how to use pencils for fine lines and details.

Check out the full tutorial to see what materials she used to make these.

Fantastic Beasts - Converse Customs

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Painting skin tones can be a little tricky. You have to learn basic shading and blending techniques if you want to create customs depicting people or characters.

To help you learn these techniques, @christycustoms came by to show how she made this pair of custom Converse dedicated to the Fantastic Beasts series.

You can see the rest of the tutorial here to see how to implement these techniques on your own pair of customs.

Custom Nike Huaraches

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

One of the hardest things to do is create a pair of customs that like they came directly from the factors. Creating a finish that clean isn't as easy as painting over the original colorway.

In this tutorial, @malcolmgarret customizes a pair of Huaraches to show you how to use an Airbrush, along with some other materials, to create a clean factory finish.

Custom Dinosaur Purse

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Angelus Paint isn't limited to shoes. You can apply your designs to accessories, clothes, and furniture using many of the same tools and products that you already have.

@10andrea26 shows you how to customize a pure and create a unique neon watercolor splash effect. Check out the tutorial to see how you can replicate this design.

These are just a few of our more recent tutorials. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see some more designs you can create using our products, and remember to follow us on IG for some more custom inspiration.


Buzz Lightyear LeBrons, Heineken Air Maxes + More - Check Out This Week's Best Customs

Every week brings new amazing customs. From Buzz Lightyear-themed LeBrons to Heineken-themed Air Maxes, custom artists across the country are constantly coming up with new design ideas.

Check out a few of the best customs that we saw this past week.

Autism Awareness Air Forces

(source: @mache275)

Custom shoes are a great way to show your support for an important cause.

Autism Awareness day was on April 2, and sponsored artist @mache275 designed these custom Air Force 1s to commemorate this important date. 

90s Cartoons Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers⁣)

These next ones are sure to make you feel some nostalgia. 

These custom Vans by sponsored artist @lucha_loafers depict some of the most iconic 90s cartoon characters. Which side are you choosing - Villains or Heroes?

Buzz Lightyear LeBrons

(source: @mache275)

Sponsored artist @mache275 took it upon himself to inflict some more 90s nostalgia with these LeBron 16s.

Honoring one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time, these LeBrons feature Buzz Lightyear's classic colors. You can pick up some green, purple, blue, and red paint to try making your own.

Heineken Air Maxes

(source: @sab_one⁣)

This isn't a product placement, these Heineken-themed Air Maxes are just too clean to leave off the list.

Sponsored artist @sab_one Heineken's classic red and green color scheme and star to design one of the best pairs of custom Air Maxes you'll ever see.⠀

Deadpool vs. Wolverine Customs

(source: @ianjpaintedit)

Two fan-favorite heroes make an appearance on these customs designed by sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit. Who do you think would win?

It's not easy to recreate a design with this much detail, but you can pick up a 12 color assortment kit to try it yourself.

This is just a small sample of the many amazing customs that you can see on our Instagram, so be sure to give us a follow to see more.

If any of these designs inspired you, check out our collection of high-quality paints to find the right colors for your next project.


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.

Customs for Spring/Summer

Most customs use the same blue/white, red/white, etc. color schemes. Not that there's anything wrong with these colorways -- they're common for a reason. But, with spring/summer coming up, we thought we'd share some customs that use bright and bold colorways. Check out these customs for some quick inspirations for your SS customs.

Colorful Yeezy 350s

(source: @kattycustoms)

These 90s-themed custom Yeezy 350s by @kattycustoms are sure to bring back some memories.  This artist uses bright yellow, hot pink, and turquoise to create a clean, bold, and nostalgic design that's perfect for spring.

Heat Map Nike Cortez

(source: @swellguycustoms)

Sponsored artist @swellguycustoms takes the classic Nike Cortez to the next level with this bold heat map custom design. This artist uses Neon Amazon Green, Tour Yellow, Infrared, Paradise Purple, and other colors to create this unique design. Check out our YouTube channel to see exactly how @swellguycustoms made this pair of customs.

Paint Splatter Airmax

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

All-white shoes are almost always the perfect canvas as they let you make whatever you want. Sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear used these all-white Nikes to create a clean neon pink paint splatter design that's sure to stand out.

Kaws X Futurama X DBZ

(source: @ianjpaintedit)

Sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit is next with one of the most unique and impressive pairs of customs you'll probably ever see. This pair of AF1s uses a variety of paints to create a clean Kaws X DBZ X Futurama design. Pick up an assortment kit to get started on your own.

Fresh Hot & Cheesy Vans

(source: @swellguycustoms)

Lastly, we have another pair of customs from @swellguycustoms. These pizza-inspired checkerboard Vans are made using Vanilla, Green, White, Maize, and Scarlet Red paints. For the full tutorial, check out the video on our YouTube channel.

Remember to follow us on IG to stay up-to-date with product drops and see more customs like these.

Hip-Hop Themed Customs

Hip-Hop has always had a strong influence on streetwear and vice-versa. To this day, artists like Travis Scott, Kanye, and Tyler, The Creator influence trends with their custom clothing lines and shoes. Here are a couple of hip-hop themed customs that pay homage to influential artists, both legends and new artists.

Flower Boy Vans

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Tyler's aesthetic is different, to say the least. Still, his influence on streetwear has been undeniable since his Odd Future days. These customs by sponsored artist @chadcantcolor pay home to Tyler's incredible 2017 album, Flower Boy. The yellow, orange, and green color scheme is perfect for the Spring/Summer seasons coming up.

Kids See Ghosts Yeezys

(source: @wallychamp15)

Despite his recent controversies, Kanye West has still been one of the most influential artists since he dropped The College Dropout. Together, him and Kid Cudi dropped one of the best albums of 2018 with Kids See Ghosts. This pair of Yeezys by sponsored artist @wallychamp15 uses the same purple and pink color scheme from the album's cover to pay homage to the iconic duo.

Astroworld Air Max

(source: @feelgoodthreads)

Travis Scott dropped one of the biggest albums of last year and created a whole aesthetic to go along with it. Including performing on sets with functioning roller coasters, Travis made Astroworld into more than just an album. Sponsored artist @feelgoodthreads used a variety of colors to create his own personal take on the Astroworld cover art.

Biggie 1s

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

Last up is a pair of customs that pay homage to one of the greatest to ever do it. These custom City Edition Jordan 1s show just how influential Biggie is to this day. Sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear uses a wide selection of paints to create the perfect pair of customs to pair with your Brooklyn Nets City Edition jersey.

Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up with the amazing customs we post every week.