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#WhataThose with Jake Danklefs

Never one to slow down, Angelus-sponsored custom sneaker artist and all around talented dude Jake Danklefs is doing a collaboration with Texas-based Whataburger. The cool thing here is that Jake did three different sneakers (for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd), that include a nice homage to his OG Whataburger Dunks.

The #WhataThoseContest is all about customs, and if you've been following Jake over the years, you know he's used the Whataburger motif on his customs before, so it's a natural pairing. Jake's Dunk Highs go to first, and they're are reminiscent of the Whataburger custom he did back in 2012, a Dunk Low that uses the famous orange and white color way that customers know.

Basically, diners can customize their burger, snap a pic, and use the hastag to enter for the chance to win one of three custom sneakers. So, if you live in of the states lucky enough to have Whataburger (and coming from the home of In N' Out, we'll admit they're pretty good burgers), why not enter to win a one-of-one piece of wearable art?


In the meanwhile, follow Jake at @jwdanklefs for inspiration. He's one of the most sought after customizers out there, so there's always something cool to see on his page.

Custom Sneakers are for the Kids!

The reason's folks get into customizing sneakers are pretty broad and varied. Some do it is as a hobby or an artistic expression and others do it for the entrepreneurial aspect—both of which are great. And for some people, like Kip Thompson, custom sneakers can become an educational art experience. 
When he's not customizing sneakers or out on his Suzuki GSZX, Kip teaches 8th grade English Arts Teacher at Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood, CA. Kip wanted to offer his students an opportunity to learn how to customize and or restore their shoes during an Elective Period.
"My school serves students that come from low income homes," Kip says. "Many of their parents do not have the money to frequently buy them shoes." Keeping this in mind, Kip took it upon himself as an educator and custom sneaker enthusiast to teach custom sneaker workshop for his students.
And the results were nothing short of incredible. "My students loved this experience," he says, "because they were able to take an old pair and make them beautiful." Some of them were able to take a new pair and express their individuality, which is what customization is all about!
"My goal was to simply put the paint brush in the child's hand and see what happens," Kip says. And over at Angelus, we couldn't happier that an educator is using our paint to make a difference. Check out more of what he's up to @ThompsonB1, and give him a follow. Keep it up Kip!

The Customizer's Workshop

Customizing sneakers can become a serious business if done right. While right looks different from one person to the next, there are some standard practices that most customizers follow. Generally, those who want to commodify their hobby and turn it into a full-fledged money making endeavor tend to have a workshop.

(Source: @truebluecustoms)

The beauty of a workshop is that no two are going to look alike. The name itself, "workshop," might imply something old fashioned, but really all you need is a table, a chair (or you could stand if you felt inclined) and your supplies. A roof might be optional, depending on where you live.

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As far as supplies go, having a rotating collection of Angelus Paint is always a good idea. It's interesting to see what colors different people have the most of. Between the Standard Paint, Collectors Edition, Pearlescent, Glitterlites, and Metallic Paints, there are plenty options.

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Another must is going to Paint Brushes. While you could use a random paint brush from the store, Angelus Paint Brushes were created exclusively for our paint. Since we make the paint, you can trust that we know what the best features a brush would need.

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Outside of paints and brushes, the rest is really up to you. Whatever your workshop set up looks like, we want to see it. Tag us at #angelusdirect and show us where you create your own sneakers.

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Custom Cleats That Aren't Custom

Now that it's summer, you're best option for catching a major league sports game in the U.S. really comes down to baseball. Sure there's summer league NBA, MLS, and golf, but baseball really is one of the big four. While baseball hasn't really been considered one of the more sartorial sports (that typically goes to basketball), these days you might find a little bit of flair out on the mound if you look hard enough.

(Source: @truebluecustoms)

The trend toward custom baseball cleats has really taken off over the past few years, in no small thanks to custom artists like SolesbySir and True Blue Customs. But more and more, players are able to break the monotony of an official uniform with a pair of custom cleats.

(Source: @solesbysir)

It seems like this trend has caught on outside of custom cleats though. Recently, adidas dropped its Icons 3 Legends pack just in time for summer. Coming out with a cleat that's just a tad more inspired that the usual fare is a step in the right direction when you compare it to the likes of what basketball players are coming out in.

(Source: adidas)

These cleats highlight some of America's great baseball cities— New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta, with a color motif relative to each cities dynamic culture and aesthetic. It's interesting though, when you look at these cleats something familiar comes to mind: they look like customs, and customs that have already been done. That's not a knock on adidas by any means, but more a testament to customizers leading the way. So if you have a pair of custom cleats, tag us at #angelusdirect!

Shoe Brushes: The Sneaker Cleaning Secret Weapon

Keeping your sneakers clean can be a nightmare if you don't have the right materials. In recent years, there are more and more options for shoe cleaners, so you don't have to hit your favorite sneakers with a dish soap and a toothbrush.

While you always want to start with a high quality cleaning solution, there are a couple other necessities that will keep your shoes looking crisp. For one, a towel is always good to have on hand. Typically microfiber is going to be best to not leave lint on your sneakers after you wipe them down.But the really secret weapon when it comes to sneaker cleaning is the shoe brush.

A brush has been vital to keep footwear crisp for hundreds of years now. Of course, the brushes being used by shoeshines in the 19th century look a little a different than what we have nowadays, the premise is basically the same.

Like shoe-shining, cleaning your sneakers requires an even distribution. Basically, this means you don't want to soak one part of your sneakers without spreading the solution out. A premium Angelus Shoe Brush does just that, and the higher quality the brush, the better the cleaning job. And when you have brush options, even better.

Angelus has been in the shoe cleaning game for a while... and by a while we mean since 1907. So you can trust us on shoe brushes.

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