Art of Custom Sneakers

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Xavier Crews

Create your own one-of-a-kind kicks with painting, drawing, stenciling, and marbleizing techniques from celebrated sneaker customizer Xavier Crews (aka Xavier Kickz).

In Art of Custom Sneakers, the first-ever instructional book on sneaker customization, Xavier shares his innovative ideas and techniques for prepping, designing, and finishing custom sneakers for everyone.

The book begins with the basics—including tools and materials, workspace setup, prep, finishing, and design planning—then moves on to dozens of incredible customizing projects. Whatever your level of artistic experience, Xavier’s in-depth, step-by-step instructions ensure your success as you start making your own custom kicks. QR codes to supplemental video instruction offer additional guidance.

As you go, gather inspiration from images of amazing custom sneakers throughout history.

Just some of the hot kicks you’ll learn to make:

  • Cartoon Style
  • Paint Pen Camo
  • Sharpie Tie-Dye
  • Hydro-Dipped Marbleizing
  • Galactic Splatter
  • Bedazzled Flash

Stop admiring custom sneakers from afar, and start making your own!

PRICE: $22.99 / Can$29.99 / £16.99

MEDIUM: Craft, Other Craft, Painting

FORMAT: Paperback

ISBN: 1168485

SIZE: 8.5 in x 9in / 215.9mm x 228.6 mm

PUBLISHED: September 12, 2023

By day, Xavier Crews (aka Xavier Kickz) is a software engineer. By night, he customizes kicks and films fun tutorial YouTube videos for his thousands of followers. Xavier has been customizing shoes for more than 10 years and has recorded more than 120 videos. A graduate of Virginia State University, Xavier often gives back to his community by giving away his customized shoes, basketballs, iPads, and more. His goal in creating his videos for beginners is to teach creative techniques so viewers can build their skills and enjoy making things by hand. He lives, works, and inspires from his home in Danville, Virginia.