How to Decorate Converse Toes

Updated February 21, 2017

Converse is an American shoe company that has been producing sneakers since 1908. Most Converse shoes are distinct and simple, featuring a sturdy rubber outsole, canvas upper body and a prominent white toe cap. Over the years Converse's Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker, named for the basketball star who originally endorsed the shoe, has become a symbol of casual fashion. Youth across the country express their individuality by writing, doodling and colouring on their Converse, turning the wide toe cap into a miniature artist's canvas.

Make a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Saturate, then ring out a sponge with the liquid. Use it to scrub away dirt, grime or grease from the toe cap. Dry with a soft towel.

Write song lyrics or a quote from your favourite author on your toe using a fine point permanent marker. This prevents the words -- and their meaning to you -- from fading over time.

Change the look of your Converse by filling in the toe cap with a colour of your choice. If you're a fan of patterns, draw stripes, polka dots or zigzags on the toe cap. Use a broad-tipped felt pen for the best coverage.

Draw your favourite cartoon characters, or figures from your own imagination, on the toe cap using paint pens. For detailed work, use fine-tipped pens.

Place an arrangement of stickers on the toe or rubber outsole. Press firmly to ensure that the sticker stays affixed to the rubber. Get creative by combining stickers with lyrics, doodles or patterns.

Allow all ink and paint to dry fully -- at least two hours -- before wearing your freshly decorated Converse.


For best results, refrain from washing your decorated Converse. Use a stencil sheet to create consistent shapes, characters or designs every time. All items required for decoration are available at your local crafts or art supply store.


Supervise children while paint pens are in use. The paint can be hazardous if inhaled strongly or ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Soft towel
  • Coloured felt pens
  • Paint pens
  • Permanent markers
  • Stickers
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About the Author

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.