How to Design Shoes Like Converse

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  • Introduction

    How to Design Shoes Like Converse

    Converse sneakers have always been known for their distinctive character and unique style. These simple canvas sneakers have remained popular for years due to their classic look and basic design scheme. Creating your own design of a Converse-like shoe can be done with relative ease. You can post your designs online, share them with your friends or collect your designs and add them to your design and illustration portfolio. You can create these designs for your own character illustrations to give your characters some extra style in the footwear department.

    (Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt)

  • 1 / 5

    Draw the outline of the shoe with a large sideways and upside down "L" shape. Attach the tongue of the shoe to the upper right corner of the top of the shoe with a triangular shape.

  • 2 / 5

    Add the circles for the laces on the outline of the shoe design. Add seven small circles along the top section of the shoe. Add two small circles by near the bottom middle of the shoe. Add a large circle to the upper left corner of the shoe design.

  • 3 / 5

    Create the laces on the design of the Converse-style shoe by drawing 7 small, diagonal trianglular shapes. The point should come out of the lace hole and the flat side of the triangle should poke out from the top surface of the shoe.

  • 4 / 5

    Add the details to the design of the shoe. Create small stitches with dashes along the top and running down the upper middle of the shoe. Create the toe of the shoe with a curved line at the bottom right of the shoe design. Add the sole of the shoe with three horizontal bands running across the bottom of the shoe.

  • 5 / 5

    Erase any overlapping lines on your shoe design. Draw a five pointed star inside the circle. Ink your entire design and let the ink dry for five minutes before erasing the pencil lines with a kneaded eraser. You can now leave the design as finished or add a colour scheme using art markers.

  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Paper
    • Pencil
    • Black ink pen
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Art markers
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    Tips and warnings

    Make a photocopy of the design in Step 5 so that you can try out different colours on the design.

    Be sure to let the ink dry before erasing the pencil or the design will smudge.


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