DIY: An Ode to the All-Star

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I was standing in line for a burrito today behind a group of ladies, all wearing spectacular summer shoes: hooved, heeled leather creations that encompassed the ankles, high-heeled strappy sandals that laced up the calves, cute 50’s style memorabilia heels…I looked at my feet and gave a silent prayer to my beat-up, brick-red Chuck Taylor All-Stars. The world’s most perfect shoe. The rock star shoe. Simple. Pure. Classic. Punk as fuck.

Everyone from Pete and Pete to Johnny Knoxville and Kurt Cobain has sported a pair of Chucks. And everyone has converted/painted/altered/spindled/folded/mutilated/etc. their pair – which makes sense, because well, art is made on canvas and Chuck’s are canvas. Who hasn’t spent time writing on or painting or renovating their Con’s? Here’s a shout-out to some clever Con-mod’s (with links to instructions, when available).


I don't know who made these, but they are my hero.

Gold sparrow Cons

Decoupage using Juxatpose magazine

Sequins (not pictured, Glitter)

These cost $525 at Studs cost $12 (bag of 100). You do the math.

What are you, the drummer for Slipknot?

Knit Converse – alright, I’m more into crochet but these are pretty tight

This is what happens when you Google "fur converse"

DIY Mary Janes:

These are via

And, so are these:

will teach you how to change your logo as well:

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.