What’s better than a pair of white Komrads? A pair of white Komrads customized with your own design! Last year we were part of the Footloose – The Musical premiere at Kursaal Oostende and we pimped up some Partizan Whites for the occasion. The result? Dope sneakers, a bunch of happy guests and a whole lot of “OMG! I WANT THOSE!!!!” comments on Instagram. But did you know that it’s actually really easy to draw on canvas sneakers yourself? It might sound like a recipe for disaster, but don’t worry, we are here to guide you through this life-changing experience and support you every step of the way. All you need is some confidence and the following ingredients:
- A pair of white Komrads (duh)
- Paper, pencil and an eraser to plan your design beforehand
- Fabric markers
- Some kind of waterproof spray
Step 1: Plan your design
I know planning isn’t everyone’s favourite thing to do but trust me: this time it’s necessary. It is after all a tattoo for your shoe. Before you actually start permanently marking your shoes, you have to make up your mind about what you want to draw. So, sit down, grab a piece of paper and a pencil and let the creative juices flow. Have you suddenly run out of ideas? Fear not. The internet is your friend.
Step 2: Sketch your drawing
Once you have finalised your design, the real work begins. First sketch the outline with pencil so you’ll have a template you can easily edit. After that, it’s the fabric markers’ time to shine. Tip: thin-tip markers are great for precise marking and writing.
Step 3: Finishing the job
We’re almost there, my friend. Now you just need to pick a dry place where the shoes can chill for a while. Let the ink sink into the fabric for 24 hours. After that you can protect your masterpiece against weather-related dangers by using a waterproof spray.
And just like that you have customized your pair of sneakers. You can officially add “Artist” to your Instagram bio. Da Vinci could never.
P.S. If you want to clean your canvas shoes before you draw on them, we have some great tips for you in this blog post.