How to Draw High Tops

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How to Draw High Tops
Make a light sketch of your shoe and then outline it a bit darker for the finished piece. (drawing pencil image by Photosani from

High-tops are a type of sneaker that were first popularised by the brand Converse. These shoes extend high above the ankle, hence the name, and are a popular shoe choice among basketball players. Learning how to draw a sketch of a high-top is fairly simple and involves drawing the basic outline of the shoe and then adding the details. As with all drawings, it is easier if you have a reference to look at as you draw.

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  1. 1

    Draw the basic outline of the exterior of the shoe. Start drawing at the back of the shoe. Draw a straight line down from the bottom of the calf to form the back of the shoe. Gently curve the line and draw a horizontal line to form the base of the shoe. When your shoe is as long as you want, curve the end of the line up and around to form the toe. Continue drawing a straight line that slowly arcs upward to form the front of the shoe. When drawing, keep in mind how the exterior of a shoe looks. Having a shoe to look at while you draw will help you greatly.

  2. 2

    Separate the toe of the shoe and the heel. Most high-tops have a plastic material covering the heel and toe of the shoe. Draw a half circle at the very back of the shoe at the heel. Draw another half circle at the toe of the shoe.

  3. 3

    Add a thick sole that runs along the bottom of the shoe. Add vertical lines inside the sole to give it more detail.

  4. 4

    Draw the tongue of the shoe, making sure that it extends higher than the average shoe because it is a high-top. Draw a line that caps off the top of the shoe.

  5. 5

    Draw some basic lace shapes on the front of the shoe. You can add small rivets where each lace should go.

  6. 6

    Sketch a small insignia, such as a star, on the side of the shoe.

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