Gift Lab: DIY Designer Shoes

Product Name: Sneaker Customization Kit

Background research: As summer rapidly approaches, I’m beginning to notice that I need some new sneakers. But I’m starting to realize: either the shoes I like are too expensive or the ones that are affordable, I’m not so crazy about the way they look. Then it dawned on me, what if I were able to create a sneaker that perfectly matched my style & clothes that were already in my closet as opposed of buying a shoe, then having to go buy more things to go with it.

Hypothesis: With the sneaker customization kit, I can create my own personal design to whatever sneaker I choose.

The Experiment: I took a pair of sneakers that I barely wore, removed the laces, grabbed a couple of “sneaker preparation wipes,” cleaned off the sneakers, & let my imagination do the rest.

Being that I am an artist, I analyzed the whole ordeal way too much, beforehand. Meaning, I thought it would be far more difficult than it turned out to be. It was one of the simplest yet fastest things I could have imagined. I was very impressed with the shine & gloss quality of the paint (included in the kit). I was also extremely pleased when at the last moment I decided to change one the colors & saw how easily the wipes erased my previous decision.

Results: I ended up having a brand new pair of sneakers that took me less than and hour, that I custom made to coincide with whatever I decide to wear in my closet & I didn’t even have to leave the house!

Conclusion: I am very impressed with this item, now my only problem is I don’t know which shoes in my closet I’m going to paint next!

Need some new kicks? The sneaker customization kit is only $45– more affordable than any designer brand!

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  2. mark holland

    wow i am amazed at the result of this product it amazed me to see the result i mean i know cecil personally and he is talented but this has my jaw dropped a very amazing product again it shall go far for real


    You’ve gone and done it again. I am over the top WOWWWWED. Aiight Mister Mister

  4. Daphne

    I have been trying to figure out what to do with the sneakers in my son and daughter’s closet. This is an awesome idea! Thanks for this brilliant idea. Its a great project for us!

  5. Jamela

    MAn, I knew you had it in ya but this takes the cake! I’m hooked… when are ou going to do me a pair? I’m super proud of you!

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  7. dandy

    the shoes are great but the kit is too much money! can buy paint cheaper and a paint brush and just use handywips to clean ur shoes! inflation here remember!

  8. Tamara

    1. there is white paint so you can make different shades of colors and not just have to use primary colors…

    2. how hard can it possibly be?

  9. Donna Edwards

    I love this! I am an avid crafter and this is truly my style. I have been talking to my mom about doing this for some time now, I just haven’t done it…(Don’t have a clue why) Now it is on my to do list for sure!

  10. edward lehman

    hey, i love the idea of your product, but i need to know how durable they are, i cannot afford to waste money on something cool that will fall apart in a couple weeks

  11. cassie

    Hi, Edward! The shoes aren’t included in the kit, so you can paint a pair of your favorite brand, or some that you know will stand up to the test of time. The paint itself is very durable. It’s been tested to withstand over 100,000 dry flex repetitions (mimicking how the paint would crease as you move your foot).

  12. Suzanne

    You could do the same with craft paint and Modge Podge paint medium (you mix with the paint and use on fabric or leather) and it would cost a lot less. Plus they have a greater color variety. Never thought of doing kicks tho. Nice job.

  13. Sajid

    Indeed one of the most wonderful kit i have ever seen in my life.. I will surely love to buy for the 45$ cost is not so much… Wao

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  15. cassie

    Great question! The paint should last for the life of your shoes. The makers of the product did some pretty heavy-duty tests to make sure that it’s durable.

    Cassie | UncommonGoods

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