Chuck Taylors, also called Converse sneakers, feature a canvas exterior that you can paint to create your own custom footwear. Display your artistic skills or design your shoes to match a special outfit with standard acrylic craft paints. While the basic process of painting canvas shoes is not complicated, your results will vary depending on your talent and attention to detail. If you aren’t an accomplished painter, take your time while drawing and painting your design to avoid mistakes and create a shoe you can wear proudly.

Things You'll Need


Wash your Chuck Taylors in a washing machine with heavy-duty detergent if they are dirty. Hang the shoes outside by the laces on a clothesline to dry them.

Remove the laces from the shoes so they don’t get in your way while you paint.

Mix equal amounts of white craft glue and water in a small bowl. Brush a thin layer of this mixture onto the fabric parts of your Chuck Taylors with a paintbrush. This will seal the fabric, and the glue dries clear so it won’t interfere with your design.

Draw your design onto the shoes with a pencil.

Color in your design using acrylic paint markers. You can also use acrylic paints applied with a paintbrush.

Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours to make sure it is completely dry.

Spray the painted Chuck Taylors with a clear acrylic sealer. This will protect the paint and create a smooth waterproof surface.

Return the laces to your shoes when the acrylic sealer is dry.