bobsmade custom chucks shoes sneaker tutorial converse

Have a look at the pictures to learn step by step how Bobsmade customizes his
Chucks. We need around 8 working hours from sketching till wearing.

Here is everything we used:


  • Chucks 20EUR - 60EUR
  • Laces 4EUR
  • Lucas Acylic Paint  3EUR 15m
                                 8EUR 250ML
  • Faber Castell Multimark Pens 1-2EUR
  • Da Vinci brushes 2-4EUR
  • Zig Postermen pens 4EUR
  • MOLOTOW empty paint Marker 4EUR
  • MOLOTOW ONE4ALL paint 17EUR 180ml
  • Clear Spray varnish mate 6EUR

Let us know when you used the tutorial by sending us an e-mail with your name and a picture of your

shoes to, so we can feature your work in the fanart gallery.

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Comments: 67
  • #1

    elle (Sunday, 27 December 2009 06:02)

    this is sooo helpful, thanks so much! i've been trying to do my keds without leaving any white on them, but it's hard because they're only ankle height so there isn't a big surface to play with... thanks! (:

  • #2

    pipenagos (Monday, 28 December 2009 18:15)


  • #3

    Simone Kesterton (Tuesday, 29 December 2009 00:13)

    boah ich danke dir hier für! ich hab schon hier ewig langweilige schwarze chucks stehen und werd das nun bald mal ausprobieren :3
    ... aber sag mal... clear Spray varnish mate... was genau ist das? ist das der name? oder ist das einfach irgendwas zum imprägnieren der schuhe?
    ich habs eben gegoogled und bin da nicht weiter fündig geworden...^^'

  • #4

    Laura (Wednesday, 30 December 2009 22:21)

    Very cool:) I love your style, this tutorial is very helpful^^ thanks!

  • #5

    Luciana (Friday, 01 January 2010 01:05)

    This is an amazing tutorial, but I have a question, does it works with all kinds of shoes??? I saw the ballerinas gallery, and I was thinking about making some based on this tutorial... and another thing... are the paints you use special for this kind of work??? since I live in a little country very, very far away (Paraguay, South America) I don't think I would be able to get those (maybe I'll be lucky with Faber Castell, those I know) so I was wondering if I could replace them with something similar...

  • #6

    suki (Friday, 22 January 2010 23:30)

    You are awesome =) and thanks for sharing :) though I am tooo laazzyy to make my own, but I've enjoyed the tutorial :D hehehe
    and did i say how awesome you are !!!!!

  • #7

    Michu (Saturday, 23 January 2010 21:30)

    Wow thanks!! it's so helpfull, i'll try, but I'm from Mexico and I don't know I would find the material hehe.


  • #8

    Tony (Saturday, 23 January 2010 23:29)

    Awesome! keep on inspiring us!

  • #9

    Janko (Monday, 01 March 2010 14:21)

    Thank you so much!! Hope we get more of those tutorials in the future
    I will surly advertise your hompage from now on!

  • #10

    Autumn (Friday, 12 March 2010 00:57)

    wow this is very helpful because i do my shoes with acrylic sooooo imma start using fabric paint but yea thanks ^^

  • #11

    Dodo (Sunday, 21 March 2010 17:31)

    clear Spray varnish mate ist soweit ich denke logischerweise klarlack ^_^

  • #12

    Aye (Saturday, 10 April 2010 04:56)

    Hey guys! Thank you very very much for the tutorial. Here from Argentina i will start an small bussines whit this to pay my college and you where really really helpfull!!! Than you a lot. I´ll send you my pictures as soon as have them.

  • #13

    Badong (Sunday, 18 April 2010 10:19)

    this is one helpful guie

  • #14

    Felixe (Monday, 26 April 2010 21:00)

    Thank you so much you've inspired me a lot even thought I found your tutorial only now I've already made my brother some shoes and he really likes them! :D

  • #15

    Lizzie (Friday, 30 April 2010 05:03)


    Just wondering about how secure those Zig Posterman Markers are - what if the shoes were to get wet, even after you spray the varnish with them? Will they be ruined???!!!

  • #16

    Monica (Sunday, 02 May 2010 07:04)

    would it be possible to order that molotow paint thing from California?

  • #17

    Javie (Monday, 17 May 2010 14:10)

    Hi! you inspired me alot to make my own customized shoes.. i was wondering what kind of clear varnish spray are you using or would be good to use? i was having problem with my shoes when i washed it the paint kinda faded.. i bought a final fixative (gloss) but it's for pastel, charcoal, and pencil and i am using acrylic.. could i still use it? thanks thanks much for the reply!

  • #18

    tyni (Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:32)

    This is sooooo cool and helpful! Thank you! :D

  • #19

    audrey apacible (Thursday, 27 May 2010 11:53)

    i would like to know what materials you used to make the customized glasses. thank you very much

  • #20

    mino (Saturday, 12 June 2010 12:51)

    first of all: cool tut, short but good
    and i have a question: may i use any other acryl colours instead of teh one you took, or is there anything special about it ?
    it'd be very nice to get an answer, mail me to: minoschm at gmail dot com

  • #21

    vladimir (Saturday, 26 June 2010 09:17)

    could you use a clear high gloss acrylic spray as a sub for the spray varnish??

  • #22

    chakierrah (Thursday, 15 July 2010 00:54)

    is there any other paint i can substitute for the lucas acrylic paint?maybe something i can pick up from walmart or sum like that>

  • #23

    Ellar (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:26)

    Omg this is amazing. I don't have chucks but i am using really old converse :)
    Which paint is better, acrylic or fabric? - email me @
    i love your ideas and i love the way you display them
    I have just noticed that a lot of your chucks have food on them XD lolz
    good luck for the future, you are noew one of my favourite artists!

  • #24

    Cassandra (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 19:03)

    How did you get the really big "converse all-star" label off on the inside of the shoes?

  • #25

    Tanya (Thursday, 26 August 2010 21:13)

    omg those are sooooo awesome! i have plane white shoes that i wanted to paint..
    this is awesome! love it! ♥

  • #26

    Chenelle (Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:15)

    did you the same for nike dunks???

  • #27

    D (Friday, 05 November 2010 19:07)

    I really love all your art! You do have talent, and I makes me feel to draw XD

  • #28

    Hylia (Sunday, 07 November 2010 16:48)

    Großartig, ich habe auch schon eine gefühlte Ewigkeit nach einem solchen Tutorial gesucht.
    Allerdings wüsste ich gerne, wie lange die Schuhe gut aussehen, wenn man sie quasi ständig trägt. Die Versiegelung wird ja nicht ewig halten und sind die Farben damit überhaupt wasserfest?

  • #29

    Angie (Monday, 03 January 2011 12:38)

    Erstmal vielen Dank, dass du diese Anleitung online gestellt hast. Ich habe meine Schuhe auch schon bemalt, allerdings finde ich kein Imprägnier Spray, wo kann man das kaufen? Du bist doch aus Deutschland, oder? Sonst screibe ich es noch einmal auf Englisch;) Gibt es in Deutschland ein Bobsmade Geschäft?

    Viele Grüße,

  • #30

    tj (Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:37)

    is there any other supplies we can use because i'm in Florida and i cant find most of these supplies.

  • #31

    Bobsmade (Sunday, 30 January 2011 13:53)

    @Angie - Uns gibt es nur Online. + Benutz Klarlack ;)

    @tj - How the hell should we know what you got in Florida. Go into a art store and ask there

  • #32

    Joe (Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:57)

    Is there any alternatives to Lucas Paints?

  • #33

    Sella (Friday, 01 April 2011)

    Wow! Awesome Tutorial! Imma go try it!! :D

  • #34

    Nehaal (Friday, 20 May 2011 00:32)

    Hey, thanks for the tutorial, I really like your work, I just had a query about the varnishing part, I was wondering whether I could possibly use any other kind, besides a spray-on type, like maybe a liquid paint on varnish?

  • #35

    J (Friday, 20 May 2011 12:44)

    My permanent markers dissolve in the spray on varnish that i use. Does this occur for your varnish as well?

  • #36

    Gliciris (Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:11)

    Hi!! Fantastic work obviously!! *.* I love all your stuff! Thnx for this tutorial, it's so helpful! I think I'll try to color a pair of shoes... :) But i have a question: is it sufficient the clear spray vernish mate to have waterproof shoes? and do you apply it again after some days or weeks to avoid that the color goes away?! Thank you so much!! ;)

  • #37

    liz (Wednesday, 08 June 2011 18:43)

    Would other brand name supplies work as well, such as sharpies for the permanent markers? I already have a lot of materials that could probably be used as an alternative for the ones you used, and I just want to know if there is anything special about those. Thanks.

  • #38 (Sunday, 19 June 2011 16:35)

    hi, tolles tut!
    wo ist eigentlich der genau unterschie zwischen all den markern?
    molotow, possmann, zig oder wie sie alle hießen... kann man auch einfach edding nehmen?

  • #39

    Thomas (Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:55)

    I have the same question that others have, but I couldnt find an answer. I made my own canvas shoe only with molotow one4all but after I tried to wash it, it started to come off. I didnt use varnish spray because i dont know what type should i use. In a store they told me that it will start to crack and stuff so its innapropriate for shoes. could you please tell me what kind of varnish should i use? a huge amount of thanks!

  • #40

    Chelsi "BrightEye" Benger (Sunday, 10 July 2011 08:09)

    Hey there mates!

    What brand of varnish do you use for the shoes so it does not crack? Please email me at

    Thanks a bunch!

  • #41

    Maverick (Friday, 15 July 2011 00:03)


  • #42

    Xiomara (Monday, 08 August 2011 02:28)

    I've been dying to figure out what to use! finally! i now get all the materials together and paint my shoes :D

  • #43

    iamawsum (Monday, 15 August 2011 08:11)

    hey! it's i am awsum from deviant art who keeps favoriting ur art! thanks for the tutorials! i've been dieing to know how you made these things! i shall no longer die and become alive once more!

  • #44

    france (Friday, 02 September 2011 06:32)

    thaaanks! :D

  • #45

    Benny S (Monday, 26 September 2011 18:13)

    I just got into airbrushing shirts. And now because of your super sick art im into painting shoes. Thank you for your valued insight!!!

  • #46

    Zahid Zulfiqar (Tuesday, 18 October 2011 14:11)

    i saw your shop for shoes and like the high-cut shoes. does the same tutorial apply to that? also i want to know, do you use white for base all the time? even if i want to use white shoes, do i have to do the white paint first, or just continue to the light colours?

  • #47

    icecreamkis (Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:16)

    bobsmade..what paint should i use for the midsoles? thanks!

  • #48

    Kat (Wednesday, 07 December 2011)

    Hi! Thi is a really wonderful tutorial thanks! But my questions is,

    See, I live in America. I'm wondering where I could buy the materials to make these. Thanks!

  • #49

    joeann (Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:08)

    hi:)goodmorning..i have a molotow one4all refill can be used for shoes?or it tend to be for headphones only?i am expecting for your response:)))have a nice day bobsmade..

  • #50

    joeann (Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:14)

    /one more thing bobsmade,if molotow one4all refills would work on shoes then can you do shipping?specifically to philippines?

  • #51

    red (Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:30)

    amazing work and really useful advices :) thank you for this tutorial. Any chance to attach version available to download ?

  • #52

    crazykid503 (Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:12)

    Hey, how much would all of those materials cost in total?
    Love your art, by the way. ;D

  • #53

    axel (Friday, 03 August 2012 17:35)

    So how were you able to remove the excess fuzz?

  • #54

    DeadbudZ (Sunday, 02 December 2012 02:26)

    That paint is waterproof.........?

  • #55

    Cream (Saturday, 22 December 2012 19:35)

    Thanks a lot! I'll try to find some good materials, since I can't get the brands that you use xP.

  • #56

    Ziggy Posterman (Tuesday, 25 December 2012 19:19)

    Thanks for this great session guys. We get asked these questions all the time. We just added an application note with a tease that points back at this tutorial. Hope you see some traffic and sales from it!

  • #57

    tommy (Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:58) helpfully..

  • #58

    Jaydxiin (Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:38)

    Does it have to acrylic paint? Can it be poster paint? Nice tutorial though c:

  • #59

    Adriana (Saturday, 19 October 2013 23:43)

    I just wanted to say that this is awesome. I work as a painter for a clay jewelry company and my boss is crazy secretive about the way I do things so people don't copy us in any way. I disagree with it and I think it's awesome that you're showing people how you do your shoes.

  • #60

    Emily :) (Saturday, 08 March 2014 08:43)

    great!! there amazing! thanks for the help its much appreciated
    and your doing a great job!

  • #61

    papalbina (Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:56)

    Vielen, vielen Dank!! Das ist extrem hilfreich... ^____^

  • #62

    F. Putra (Monday, 07 July 2014 13:55)

    Hi! You have been an inspiration to me.
    I started a small business by working on customized kicks.

    Check out:

  • #63

    Hiilikeyourstuff (Saturday, 21 February 2015 20:48)

    How do you paint leather sneakers? Do you also use the same kind of acrylic paint or do you use a special kind of leather paint? I would love to know, since i wanna try to, although it probably won't turn out as good.
    I really think everything you do is great, esp the ones that require so much little detail, i have a hard time drawing that small on paper witha pencil!

  • #64

    Jess (Sunday, 10 May 2015 19:57)

    Just Awesome Guys!!!

  • #65

    Madison (Sunday, 08 May 2016 12:02)

    I'm trying to make my own shoes right now, but it's really hard and I keep messing up. I just sketched out what I wanted to paint with a pencil then traced it with fabric markers. I dunno if it looks good...

  • #66

    Nadja Steiger (Friday, 20 May 2016 17:12)

    Werden eure tollen Schuhe eigentlich von den Käufern getragen? Hab mir nämlich auch welche gemacht und mein Mann sieht es nicht so gern wenn ich die tollen Schuhe Trag obwohl sie besprüht sind mit Klarlack!

    Grüße Nadja

  • #67

    J.B. (Sunday, 02 October 2016 08:12)

    I was just wondering, will normal Sharpies (permanent markers) and spray varnish work on canvas?