Custom Made Nike's: How-To Bedazzle Nike Shoes
Fresh kicks! Fresh kicks! Hot and fresh straight from the oven!
Because these hands of mine are 🔥 HOT 🔥 I tell you!!
It was taking me awhile to get to these bedazzled shoes, it's such an intimidating project because the amount of time that goes into completing them. It's truly intense and a real test of your patience, so if you're up for the challenge... do it. 😏
This isn't my first pair of shoes to bedazzle though, you can check out another pair out here (plus some dresses to wear with sneakers). You can see I have a thing with custom Nike shoes, wouldn't mind tricking out a pair of Vans. Sk8 Hi's. Yes, please.
It's also worth mentioning, that these looks so much better in person. And even better outside in the shining sun. To give you some background on the inspiration for these, let me tell you a story.
Back in high school, I always enjoyed taking things that I wore to the next level. And I was inspired by this named Nike Mikey who went to my school, and he was known for tricking out Air Force 1's with glitter. That was back when everyone was stompin' in they Air Force Ones to Nelly (the hottest summer jam of that time).
Being inspired by how he did it, I decided to give it a try and added my own twist. Instead of using regular glitter, I used a pink fairy dust glitter and thin pink fur. They were pretty dope. But, then... I had to take things up a notch. And I wondered, 'what would it looked like if I decked a pair of shoes out with Swarovski crystals?'
Keep scrollin' down and I'll show you how to bedazzle Nike shoes.
supplies you'll need:
Wax Pencil or Pen
Crystal Ninja (Katana Pick-Up Tool) or Tweezers
how to bedazzle nike shoes:
Step 1: If you aren't doing a pattern or design, go ahead and skip to the next step. Depending on the material you are drawing a design on, you'll want to use a writing utensil that allows you to see what you're drawing. But, you also want it to be a subtle just in case you make a mistake. Originally, I intended to use a wax pencil, then I realized it wasn't working out as well as I thought. Swapped out for a ballpoint pen since it glided easily across the naked suede.
Step 2: Next, you'll want to prep the shoe to be painted. Grab your painters tape and begin covering up the surrounding areas of where you'll be painting. I usually tackle the bottom edges, especially if it's white. If you have a steady hand and a good eye, you may not need to tape as much. But, it's a necessary precaution if some paint splatters out of control. The slightest drop can make it look sloppy. From here, go ahead and start painting.
Step 3: Allow the paint time to dry. In the meantime, double check the color match of the Swarovski crystal's with the paint. Then start spreading them out on the surface with the stones facing up so they're easier to grab with your Crystal Ninja utensil, tweezers, or whatever else works for you. Also, keep the colors separated from each other to save time on finding the stone color.
Step 4: Now this where things get a little sticky. Pun intended. Begin gluing the stones on the edge of the shoe, that way you finish with an even and clean look for it to blend in more with the structure of the shoe. Although, this is a personal preference.
Step 5: Continue with the glue process with small areas at a time, this allows time for the E6000 to settle a bit. When you try to cover too much surface area at a one time, the glue begins to dry while you're still working at the beginning and the stone won't take to the glue as well. Depending on the size of the shoe, the areas you're crystalizing, your speed, and flow process - this step can take awhile.
Step 6: Repeat the above step. 😏
Step 7: Allow the shoe time to dry, at least 24 hours. 72 tops. But, don't dry it like the photo below...that's just a visual for the completed shoe for your enjoyment. Let your shoes dry out in the open, you don't want to have the shoe laying down on a part you just finished glueing since that may cause some stones to shift. If you can find a well ventilated area to keep them since E6000 can carry quite the smell, that would be optimal.
(Want to buy a pair instead of make it? You can get this pair here. 😉)
"Major Key" Learnings 🔑
Whenever you're looking for paint colors to go with your Swarovski crystals and you find yourself at a loss when it comes to that perfect match, don't forget you can mix paints together. #gamechanger
Make sure your setup allows for space for you to have good posture and stretch out, being stuck in the same position for a long period of time won't make this any easier.
Be careful when pulling off the painters tape. Depending on the paint you use, it can come off along with the tape causing it to mess with your design. Be gentle and/or allow plenty of time for the paint to dry before pulling off the tape.