Pretty Nobody Co. sent these cute ass vintage pins over to me for free. These pins remind me so much of the 90's, & I love the 90's. I love jelly sandals, 90's shows, cartoons, & movies, all things holographic & iridescent, mood rings, etc. It's hella cool because I've been really getting into buying vintage pins & iron-on patches to not only put on my own denim jacket, but to also use on me & Mylles' project. We're gonna be buying vintage tees & denim jackets from vintage stores, & we'll be doing work on them. I have a really good hand when it comes to distressing jeans, shirts, & denim jackets, as well as bleaching them, & we also came up with the idea of giving the denim jackets a more vintage touch by ironing 80's patches on to them, & then, we'll be re-selling them for a little bit of a higher price.
Step 1: Clean your shoes.
Step 2: When they're all clean, wipe the soles with acetone a few times to remove the factory gloss that the shoe comes with.
Step 3: Apply leather dye to the shoes. Mylles & I didn't do that the first couple of times. Yes, I said "the first couple of times." We re-painted the shoes & worked on them three times. Ugh. Our shoes kept cracking because we didn't put the leather dye on first, & the paint kept stripping off, & the white sole was starting to become visible again, so we had to wipe the soles down with acetone & take off the paint (which was a bitch to remove), & we had to start all over again.
Step 4: Start painting! Mylles & I did four coats of paint on our shoes. We did each coat a little heavier each time, & after each coat, we let the shoes dry for 30 mins.
Step 5: After the fourth & last coat dries, apply the acrylic finisher on to the shoes with a towel or old sock or something. Don't press too hard. Just to be safe, Mylles & I waited 24 hours before applying the acrylic finisher. We didn't apply it until the next day.
Step 6: Change the laces, & then you're done!
Note: The Angelus paints already come in with a built-in brush in the cap, but that's not what we used to paint the shoes. That's where that flat brush from Michael's that we bought came in.
When we were scrubbing our shoes down with acetone, Mylles accidentally scrubbed the chrome off of his "Boost" logo, & he didn't wanna leave it black, so I painted it red for him. For his red boost logo, I just bought red paint from Angelus & a brush with a super thin ass end from Michael's. Your brush needs to be hella fuckin' thin if you want to precisely paint the logo in the lines without fuckin' up, & you need a really steady hand.
If you guys are wondering how our shoes are doing, they've been perfect! Ever since the third & last time we painted them (which was in September 2014) & followed all of the steps correctly, our shoes haven't cracked at all. Mylles wears them to work all the time, I even work out in mine sometimes when I go to the gym, & we both wore ours all winter long in the rain.
If you guys have any questions or if you need any advice before working on the shoes, e-mail me!
Bape claws done by Phuong at Champion Salon, San Leandro.
Unlike a pair of Vans where dirt gives the shoe some edge like as if it tells a story, some shoes are just meant to stay clean or you'll just come off as a serial killer. My boyfriend & I have been lagging on cleaning all of our shoes because of the gloom & doom Amy Winehouse weather, but the skies haven’t been as sinister as of late, which means spring season’s approaching, & the sun’s gonna be out a little bit more. We went out & bought Jason Markk’s Essential Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit. My all white Nike Cortez’s with car oil splatters & my all white Adidas Super-star Originals with dirty ass soles came out whiter than ever & looking brand spankin’ new. Jason Markk even has essential wipes, so you can put some in your purse & give your shoes a quick polish while you’re out if you need to. The only negative thing that I have to say about this shoe cleaning kit is that the brush can be a little too harsh on some shoes. They totally fucked up my boyfriend's Nike Air Max's, but other than that, the shoe cleaner alone’s great, mainly on leather.
Before I end this post, shouts to all of my white shoes for brightening up my days & outfits.
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