While a monochromatic sneaker can be a closet staple, it can also double as the perfect blank canvas to show off your unique personality. You can use acrylic paints or fabric markers to customize your sneakers, depending on the material, with patterns, lettering and more. While both paints and markers should deliver a pigmented finish, fabric markers are easily portable and require minimal cleanup, making them a great option for children. Whichever you’re in the market for, we rounded up the best sneaker customization kits you can buy. Each offers paints or markers are available in a variety of long-lasting shades. Some even come with extra tools for more design options.
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1. Angelus Leather Paint Set
Deck out your leather sneakers with this set of 12 acrylic paints that can be blended together for custom shades.
Pros: The paint is designed to be flexible and should dry crack-free. It’s water-based, too, for easy cleanup.
Cons: The brand advises to use top quality brushes to avoid a streaky coat.
2. Aen Art Fabric Markers
This pack of 30 bullet tip colors allows you to create precise lines with a non-toxic formula.
Pros: The dye in the paint is designed to be weatherproof and resist fading over time if you wash your sneakers.
Cons: The markers won’t be as effective on leather or suede.
3. Rock Your Kicks DIY Paint Kit
For kids looking to decorate their kicks, this set includes paint, paintbrushes, stencils and adhesive gemstones.
Pros: The box includes enough materials to customize up to four pairs of canvas shoes per box.
Cons: This set is meant solely for canvas sneakers.