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Sneaker Con DC

In case you haven’t heard, Sneaker Con, aka #thegreatestsneakershowonearth is making a pit stop in the Nation’s Capitol this weekend. On Saturday November 14, the Washington DC Armory is packed with sneakers and sneakerheads. So if you're buying, selling, trading or just going to stunt, this is your weekend DC/Baltimore.

As per usual, Angelus Direct will be in the building to witness the madness. Our guy @sleepy76 is going to be holding down the Angelus Direct booth with a full line up of paints, cleaners, laces, and other sneaker accessories.

(Source: @sleepy76)

This is what our spot looked like in Charlotte, so come say what’s good to Sleepy and pick up some of our world famous Easy Cleaner.

The Armory in DC is huge. And we’re not just saying that, this shit is gigantic. It seats an easy 10,000 bodies, so be sure to get in early and bring a lot of cash.


2013’s DC stop was massive.


As was 2014’s, so there’s only one way this event is going: massive.

The only thing that’s going to draw a crowd close to this is the other massive sneaker drop of the weekend. It’s Yeezy season once again, this time with the Moonrock colorway. By now you probably know the drill with Yeezys, cue up online or in-store, and bet on that 1/1000 chance you’ll cop a pair.




Or, if you’re at Sneaker Con DC, you might have be able to pick up a pair in person. But why not create your own Moonrock custom sneakers? We’ve got the best acrylic leather paint on the market, so if you’re looking for that perfect gray for your Moonrock inspired customs, we’ve got your three times over.

Hit up that Angelus hotline at #angelusdirect with your Yeezy, Yeezy inspired art, or snap a pick with us at Sneaker Con. So gear up sneakerheads, you’ve got a big weekend ahead of you.


With Halloween is right around the corner, the question is not what you’re going to dress up as, but what you’ll have on your feet. You could base an outfit around your shoes, like all the broke-ass Marty McFly costumes you’re bound to see this year. Or you could make a piar of customs for Halloween. But remember, these are for sure one wear only sneakers.

Sure, you could be Brad Hall for Halloween?

(Source: Kicks On Fire)

Halloween customs are always an excuse for a good one off. Let’s be honest here, no one is trying to wear some Halloween themed Jordans in the middle of July. You could, but there’s something that much better about a one-wear custom sneaker. You wouldn’t wear your Halloween costume year round either.

This is the perfect holiday for a project because you can go in so many different directions. Every year, Nike drops Halloween colorway that’s usually orange and black. You could do that too. Or, you could be a little more creative and take inspiration from your favorite horror movies like they did with these Friday the 13th inspired LeBrons.

(Source: Sole Collector)

This is where Freddie Kruger comes in. There’s a handful of legendary horror movie bad guys, but Freddie is the only dude to make a green and red and a fedora look good. Mike Meyers rocked a jumpsuit and a William shatner mask. Jason Voorhees did a hockey mask. Not very original. But Freddie, that’s our guy right there. He had the crazy skin, the claw gloves, even the sweater.

(Source: Movie Pilot)

That’s why a Nightmare on Elm Street inspired sneaker is always a good look for your Halloween one-wears.

A couple of our favorite artists, El Cappy and Shme Custom Kicks, took inspiration from the film with their customs. If we didn’t mention, these are two of our sponsored artists, so this was done with Angelus Paint.

These first Freddie custom Huaraches come from Detroit wild man El Cappy. The classic Krueger sweater and blood splatters are perfect for Halloween.

(Source: @elcappy)

This next pair was done by Shme Customs. She’s got both the skin and the sweater on a pair of OG Chuck Taylors.

(Source: @kelshmeamy)

Finally we’ve got another Nightmare-inspired pair by Bud Sanfilippo of Stomping Ground Customs. These Freddy Laser 1’s  things capture the grittiness of the horror’s slickest bad boy.

(Source: @stompinggroundcustoms)

Big ups to Stomping Grounds for these guys.

These were some great Nightmare on Elm Street inspired customs, but we would love to see what else you can create for Halloween. Be sure to head over to to the @AngelusDirect IG account for some inspiration for your  #halloweenkicks.

And don't forget....

Happy Halloween everybody.

"2015? You Mean We're in the Future?"

We went back to 1989 this past Wednesday with the all the Back to the Future craze. When BTF II dropped in ‘89, the characters time travel to October 21, 2015 and the world was given a glimpse of the "future." Moviegoers loved the shoes that time-traveling hero Marty McFly wore when he was wildin' out on a hoverboarding in Hill Valley.


These futurist sneaks were nicknamed the 'Nike MAG.' The world has been waiting 26 years to get the real thing. 

The film’s version of our real-life Wednesday had some hits and misses. For example, there’s a couple versions of the hoverboard out there right now, truth be told they’re not as cool as the one in the movie. Also, the Cubs definitely did not win the Pennant this year.

There’s the whole style thing. Paris fashion week maybe? Someone would wear this fit.



Of course, the thing that everyone was anticipating was the Nikes. You’ve probably seen pictures of these sneakers before. Every couple of years, there was rumor that Nike would release a pair of the self-lacing, hoverboard ready, future high tops.


The shoes themselves were pretty fire. If the 80's were all about he high-top Nikes, ("Terminators," Air J1's, etc), these were the highest things out. The light up midsole were really cool too. But the thing that made these Nikes so special, so futurist, was the self-lacing capability. This idea seemed so far away, and 1989's version of 2015 was purely science fiction. 

In 2011, Nike actually created a version of the Mag for a live auction that would benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. These sneakers actually lit up, much like the MAGs in the film, but they didn't have the self-lacing capability. 



It seemed like that was it. Nike dropped the "real" thing and a couple of rappers and Brian Wilson's beard were the only ones who got it.


If some from the 1980's was to come to our time and saw this dude, that would probably be a pretty good representation of 'the future.'

But this Wednesday, Nike came in clutch with not only another drop of the MAG, but a pair with actual self-lacing capability. They officially released the Nike MAG 2015.  What a time to be alive.



While people had been putting out MAG-inspired custom sneakers for a minute now, after 2011’s drop people could actually customize the MAG itself. For instance, Mache, one the world’s top custom sneaker (and Angelus Sponsored) artist dropped these custom MAGs.

(Source: @mache275)

Mache did these with one of the 2011 models for Pelican’s baller Anthony Davis in celebration of #backtothefutureday.

Now that there’s a real life version of the Nike MAG, people are going to have to step up their custom game. The world wants to see a pair of customs with self lacing sneakers, so who’s going to be the first to make them?

To recap the week, Wednesday was Air MAG Day over at the @angelusdirect Instagram page (follow us if you don’t already). We gave away a kit that had all the paints needed for your own MAG-inspired customs.

For those of you who weren’t picked, you can still find all the acrylic leather paint colors on the Angelus website, the shoelaces at the Lace Lab site to create your custom MAGs. The Nikes will have to be your own though, maybe some Foamposites? We've got some premium laces just for that too.

If you missed the #backtothefutureday jump off this time around, go back in time. Like our motto goes, create what you can’t have.

For the Love of V's

Who doesn't love the Air Jordan V? Originally, they were dropped in 1990, which was right when Jordan-mania was starting to go worldwide. MJ hit that MVP during the 90-91 season, and these iconic sneakers launched it all. Most custom artists would agree, the V's are one of the best canvases for a custom sneaker project.

The V's are always going to be a classic, just ask our newly sponsored artist Astrotorf Customs. Check out these Batman and Robin themed V's they put out a couple days back.

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What if da Vinci Airbrushed the Mona Lisa?

Sometimes you want to go into overtime to create a dope pair of custom sneakers. Any good artist would agree that painting takes a lot of brush work, planning, and focus.

Now there are a few ways to go about customizing your sneakers: some people use their brush skills to create their custom sneaker art. Some people go airbrush. Others use a combination. Check sneaker customizer @jbb_cafe, who we found on the #angelusdirect tag on IG (thanks for tagging).

(Source: @jbb_cafe)

Great progress shot here!

It probably goes without saying, all painters have different brush techniques. In this clip, Angelus Direct sponsored artist Kendra's Customs is putting in that work on a pair of Roshes. Her brushwork is on point! And then she comes out with the Q-Tip for that fade effect. 

Like Kendra, you can go lo-fi and break out the Q-Tip and still blow people's minds. On the flip side, some people might use technology to their advantage. So you have old style and new school ways of painting, and neither way is necessarily better! Of course, people get wild over this debate. But more opinions the better right?

Last time around, we looked at how people progress from their first custom to their most recent. As you can see, people all came in at different levels, but over time they stepped up their game. Experimenting with other tools is key to becoming a successful artist no matter what your medium is.

If you're one of those types that loves new gadgets, who learned how to log into a computer before you learned how to write in cursive, or just love to play around with new stuff—we've got just the thing for you.

This is the Grex Genesis XGi3 Airbrush. That's a hell of a name right? You know with a name like Genesis, you're going to create some wild art.

Even if you're purists and you only mess with brushes, you have to admit this thing looks pretty dope. 

In the grand scheme of things, airbrushing is still a pretty young medium. Dudes were painting on to rocks and caves back in the Stone Age, so obviously painting had been around for a long ass time.

But with airbrushing, the first models went back to the late 1880's. So not that long. Or to put it into perspective, Angelus Shoe Polish was invented by Paul T. Angelos in the early 1900's, so airbrushing and the Angelus Brand are pretty close in age. But within that 100+ year time period, airbrush popped off in a big way. And like paint brushes, the airbrush has found itself be used on custom sneakers.

For instance, this our dude Jake from Dank & Co using the Grex. He's probably one of the biggest names in customizing out right now, so let's see what he had to say about it.

(Source: jwdanklefs)

According to Jake, the quality of work that the Grex puts out is "second to none."


Like painting by hand, creating a game plan is so necessary to an ill final product. You might be spending a little longer with a paint brush, but with an airbrush you're going to have to map out that final product the same way. Either way you paint, you're only as good as your planning.

So if you ever get the chance to expand your medium, try out an airbrush. Switch things up. You never know, maybe you're going to be the go to when people talk about airbrushing masters. Could you imagine if da Vinci airbrushed the Mona Lisa? That would have been wild. 


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