Kicks are one of those things that I thought I would grow out of, but at 37, it hasn't happened yet. I supposed it has to do with how much time I spent as a kid studying the lines and shapes; the waiting and visits to the mall until I collected the money for the pair that I'd have to baby for the next 6-8 months. Even after I got my coveted school shoes, I'd keep them in the box just to take them out every day until the *second* day of school when it was time to make my mark. Then of course there are the players and moments that for me, are stamped by the shoes they were wearing. The KJs. The Barkleys. Agassi. Grandma-ma. Jordan. NBA Inside stuff to cap off Saturday morning cartoons. All very real memories.
Cleaning and repainting shoes is not new to me. I used to do it in high school with my Dad's acrylic paint (he used to build fine scale models and dioramas). The toothbrush and dish soap technique is old hat. I always got asked how I kept my shoes looking good. I never told people I cleaned them just about every time I put them on (still do. OCD much?).
I got motivated by a Youtube cruise (s/o to RetroSnickers) and a visit to my local cobbler (s/o Red Star Cobbler) to try my hand at restoring. This could be promising. Take a look at my first project. I don't know what possessed me to experiment on such an important pair of kicks, but I suppose that was a subconscious vote of self-confidence. Turned out pretty good. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Before: Probably a 6/10 before I started stripping paint. These picks were taken after the first cleaning and after I started removing the cracked paint.
After: Bumped up to and 8/10. No way to look brand new, but they look like well kept. Honestly, these might be iced forever. Curious to how the paint will hold up over time. I'll look to thin the paint next time and take care to keep it thin around the edges. Other than that, pretty satisfied with the lines an overall result. Follow me on snapchat (job_photo) for other projects and behind the scenes.