How to Dye Jordans — Making Your Own Custom Sneakers

How to Dye Jordans

Nothing is more satisfying than making a pair of custom Jordans…just ask Mr. Vick Almighty! Well, the custom that Vick worked on this week is something that you can learn to do yourself. Yes, today you’ll learn how to dye Jordans. 

Making a dip-dyed custom Air Jordan isn’t as hard as you might think. If you follow the ground rules that Vick lays, you should be able to make your very own dyed custom sneaker in no time at all. 

Don’t believe me? Watch the video above to see just how easy this process can be. Let’s look at the custom Jordan 4 that Vick made and detail exactly how to dye Jordans yourself. 

Step 1: Pick your dye & sneaker

The first step to dying your Air Jordans is simple, choose your dye. We opt for Rit Dye, which has long been the go-to dye for sneaker customization. Rit offers many color options, so don’t get overwhelmed. One thing you can do to make this process easier is to concept your custom sneaker before you go to pick the dye. 

Another big choice you have to make is which shoe you want to dye. For this custom Vick used the Blank Canvas Air Jordan 4. The Blank Canvas Jordan 4 is the PERFECT shoe for any sneaker custom because it truly is a blank canvas that invites creativity and experimentation. 

Step 2: Mix the dye with water

For this step, you’re going to need a bucket of hot water that’s large enough to submerge your Jordans in. Ensuring the water is hot is key to completing the dyeing process. Once your bucket of water is ready, dump your selected dye into the bucket and mix well. 

As you saw in the video, Vick is attempting to make a sunset gradient pattern, so he’s using two separate buckets of dye and water, one filled with orange dye and the other a mix of a few shades of blue and purple. 

Step 3: Dyeing the sneakers

Now you’re ready to dye your shoes. If you’re looking to dye the entire shoe, you can submerge it at this step. But if you want to make a gradient pattern like Vick, the key is to move the shoe up and down to avoid creating a hard line…we want the colors to gradually fade into one another. 

Once the shoe is dyed to your liking, rinse it with water to remove any excess color, and then set the shoes out to dry fully. 

Step 4: Protect your new customs with RESHOEN8R Water + Stain Repellent

A few coats of RESHOEVN8R Water + Stain Repellent will lock in the color and protect your shoes against stains. Investing in protecting your masterpiece is just as crucial as the customization process. 

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Now you try! 

How did your dip-dyed customs turn out? With a lot of practice and patience, anyone can learn how to dye Jordans and make their own custom. When all is said and done, it’s about making what you like. Don’t let other people tell you whether your custom is successful or not; the true mark of success is finding joy in the journey and creating something you can be proud of. 

Vick's Sunset Jordan 4 Custom — Final Results

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