wikiHow to Make a Pair of "Vintage" Converse

Chuck's, Converse or All-Stars, you may know them by many names but anyone who wears Converse knows that the more dirty and worn-in they look, the cooler and more comfortable they are!

Steps

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    Buy a pair of high top Converse from any Converse retailer or choose a pair from your closet - the dirtier, the better!
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    Soak in some thinned out mud or smear some red clay on the outside only and let stand on top of or underneath the radiator or under a heat lamp to let the shoe look more worn in. Leave the shoes for at least 2 hours but overnight works better.
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    In either a plastic basin or the sink, place the filthy shoes and add about a tablespoon of detergent into each shoe and fill the basin/sink with enough water to cover completely.
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    Take a nail brush and scrub the Converse until they are a little faded and stained.
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    Empty the sink/basin of the filthy water and refill with clean hot water.
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    Then take each converse out of the water and with either a bleach pen or a small container of bleach and a cotton swab, draw/paint any designs wherever you want.
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    Let sit on either the radiator or under a heat lamp for anywhere up to an hour, any longer and the fabric will become too weak to wear.
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    Place the Converse back into the water with some more detergent and scrub with the nail brush until you think that the bleach is washed off completely.
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    Rinse twice to make sure that all soap particles are gone and either stuff each shoe with a small towel and leave to dry naturally, place under the radiator/heat lamp until dry or blow dry on high.
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    Take a black permanent marker and sign the side of one shoe in addition to colouring in all of the white rubber parts and the trademark Converse star/circle thing.
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    Wear your battered and worn-in Converse everywhere and soon enough the black coloured in part will become black/gray and scuffed and the front third of the shoe will start to look arched in the rocking motion that we walk in (heel to toe).

Tips

  • Do everything on the list with the laces on to make it even cooler looking.
  • To help the wearing-in process, I practiced my ballet and gymnastics routines in them and whenever possible played any sort of ball-kicking or running sport (e.g soccer, lacrosse, ball-hockey, track & field).
  • Layering the amount of bleach in random spots makes them look more naturally vintage.
  • If they start to fall apart, then Super-Glue them back together but to make sure that they stay in place while the glue dries, duct tape them in place.

Warnings

  • When letting the bleach set with heat, make sure that it's done in a well-ventilated room or right by a window as bleach fumes can be toxic.

Things You'll Need

  • One Pair of Converse Hi-Tops in any bright or dark colour (The bleaching won't work on any light colours such as yellow)
  • Bleach pen/Quarter cup of bleach and some cotton swabs
  • Mud/Red clay
  • Detergent
  • Nail/shoe brush
  • Heat lamp/Blow dryer/Radiator
  • Black permanent marker

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