Pumped Up Kicks: 9 Cool Sneaker Upgrades

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When you think about comfort, few types of shoes can compare to a pair of broken-in sneakers. Classic, white Chuck Taylor All Stars are great (and suit almost any outfit!) but how can you make your sneakers stand out among the crowd? Read on to see how and get inspired to create!

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Elevate a basic pair of sneakers by dip dying them.
Elevate a basic pair of sneakers by dip dying them. (Image: Jenni Radosevich)

9. Dip Dyed Neon Sneakers

Turn heads in a pair of ombre, dip dyed sneakers. eHow Style Blogger Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY sprayed Tumble Dye on a pair of high tops to achieve this cool look.

Related: How to Create Dip Dyed Neon Sneakers

Use white sneakers to make the color pop.
Use white sneakers to make the color pop. (Image: eHow)

8. Gold Sneakers

If you're looking to add some bling to your wardrobe, try DIYing some gold sneakers. Transform scuffed sneakers with metallic paint a la Allison of the blog Dream a Little Bigger.

Related: How to Create Gold-Painted Sneakers

Metallic shoes can be accessorized with many different outfits.
Metallic shoes can be accessorized with many different outfits. (Image: Dream a Little Bigger)

7. Floral Sneakers

Give a pair of Keds a mod redesign with bold, bright flowers and stripes. These sneakers, seen on the blog iLoveToCreate, can be easily created using fabric markers.

Related: Learn How to Create a Pair of Floral Sneakers

Blue stripes give these shoes a preppy twist.
Blue stripes give these shoes a preppy twist. (Image: iLoveToCreate)

6. Lace Slip-On Sneakers

How can you make lace feel less stuffy and more stylish? By DIYing a pair of sneakers like these from Sprinkles in Springs. These are easy to create and even easier to wear with many outfits!

Related: How to Design Lace Slip-On Sneakers

Try adding white lace to a pair of dark colored slip-ons for a reverse effect.
Try adding white lace to a pair of dark colored slip-ons for a reverse effect. (Image: Sprinkles in Spring)

5. Pearl-Embellished Sneakers

These sweet teal sneakers are even sweeter with an embellishment of lovely pearls. Something about these Keds, created by Beyond the Box, feels timeless and cool.

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Keds and pearls are two things that are bound to stay in style.
Keds and pearls are two things that are bound to stay in style. (Image: Beyond the Box)

4. Studded High Tops

Silver studs can give a pair of traditional high tops a rock-and-roll edge. Brit + Co. shows us how to edge up Chuck Taylor All Stars as well as other shoe styles.

Related: Learn How to Create Studded High Top Sneakers

Needle-nose pliers make attaching your studs easy.
Needle-nose pliers make attaching your studs easy. (Image: Brit + Co)

3. Fabric Covered Sneakers

If you're a constant crafter with lots of little scraps of fabric lying around, these shoes are for you. Put your remnants to good use by adhering them to a pair of white sneakers like these seen on Handmade Happy Hour.

Related: How to Design Fabric Covered Sneakers

Glue sequin trim along the edges for a more finished look.
Glue sequin trim along the edges for a more finished look. (Image: Handmade Happy Hour)

2. Iridescent Sneakers

Give your kicks an intergalactic spin like this pair seen on the style blog P.S. - I Made This. This look can be easily achieved with some crinkled iridescent film, acrylic paint, and a few more basic painting supplies.

Related: How to Make Iridescent Slip-On Sneakers

These sneakers would look great with a pair of black jeans and a white blouse.
These sneakers would look great with a pair of black jeans and a white blouse. (Image: P.S. - I Made This)

1. Simple Embroidered Sneakers

Looking for a simple way to upgrade your kicks? With just a needle and some embroidery thread you can embellish a pair of high tops (or low tops, if you prefer). Get creative with geometric patterns for that low-key cool factor.

Related: Find Out How to Embroider a Pair of Canvas Sneakers

Amping up your kicks doesn't require a lot of time or effort.
Amping up your kicks doesn't require a lot of time or effort. (Image: Free People)

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