We know we’re not the only ones who feel bad about dropping over $100 on a single pair of shoes. Sometimes things can get a bit pricey for our tastes and we need a new way of changing up our shoe game. Lately, there’s been a steady trend of these DIY custom shoes. Everyone’s been accessing their artistic sides and making their shoes their own. Check out some of our favorites and get some inspiration for yours! Maybe you can even copy some – who would really know?

Here’s a perfect example. Those white chucks are only $55 from Converse’s online store and embroidering string plus the needle can’t be more than $15. Conversely, you could also ask your mom if she has any laying around. Additionally, embroidery isn’t a skill to turn your nose at. People have made some amazing customized pieces because of it.

Don’t feel too bad if you don’t have time for embroidery. While very useful, we can’t deny it’s a bit of a grandma hobby. These Vans are an excellent canvas for iron-on patches. Just put something in the shoe to hold its shape then iron the patch on. Quick and easy. Surprisingly, the shoes are actually Old Skools with the leather strip torn out using seam rippers. However, we’re sure patches will also work on any other Vans sneaker. The Old Skools also come out to $55 plus a few more dollars for whatever patch you want. Here’s a list of some dope patch sites.

Lastly, we have the classic: paint. Whether they’re splattered or an actual art piece, painting your shoes is a great way to splash some color on your kicks. Picture are Nike’s iconic Air Force 1s. They’re a bit on the pricier side at $90 compared to the last two shoes, but the white leather is a perfect canvas to paint on. Ironically, canvas isn’t exactly the greatest shoe material for paint. Things tend to bleed and look blurred.

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