Introduction: Glow Sneakers

Do you have a pair of Converse? Maybe. If you have a pair, do you love them? Of course you do. You know what would make them even cooler? If they glowed. Yup. Glowing. Sneakers.


**Please use caution when using paint of any kind. Make sure to wear a mask as to not inhale any paint fumes. As always, be safe and have fun making!**


Side Note: I've been a big fan of Instructables for a long time, thank you to everyone for the positive response that this project has received. It really means a lot to me, everybody. (-:

Step 1: Quick Science Lesson!

Have you ever wondered why Ultra Violet Lights make certain things glow? Often called a black light, these are light bulbs designed to emit ultra-violet light. The reason they're sometimes called "black" is because if you look at the actual bulb it doesn't seem very bright (like a a dim violet color) and if you take a black light into a dark room it doesn't really brighten it that much... the room remains almost black. Thus, black light. However these bulbs do emit lots of light, it’s just that we can’t see it! Certain materials have the special ability to absorb ultra-violet light and re-emit the light at lower frequencies that our eyes are able to see. This is called fluorescence. These materials are sometimes found in jackets, shoes, shirts, and when we walk near a black-light they seem to "glow" because they are translating the invisible ultra-violet light into easy to see colors. What we are doing with these sneakers is coating them with paint mixed with phosphorescent pigments, which when combined with a black light give it it's cool glowing effect.

Step 2: Here's What You'll Need

Your rad pair of sneaks'
Glow in the dark paint (mine dries clear)
A cotton swab
A black light (to add to the awesome)

Step 3: Prepare the Swab!

Dip (or spray) some paint onto the swab. In this step you're going to glaze over the logo-patch. Cover the whole circle by swabbing it gently. Depending on what paint you use, use light pressure when covering because too much pressure might erode the logo. Do this with great care so that you don't get any on the canvas as well. 

Step 4: Rubber Toe and Walls

That swab will not be needed anymore. Put some painters tape where the canvas and rubber meet. Make sure to cover the rubber evenly so that later when you try them on in the dark, it all glows the same brightness. You'll want to put a few coats on, and let them dry accordingly.

Step 5: Lace 'Em Up

As a bonus, feel free to give your laces a touch of the magic! If you indeed want to include the laces in this project, I'm not sure paint is the way to do so. I would suggest drawing over them with a highlighter color of your choice, it gives the laces a cool look during the day as well. Highlighters glow under a black light, but do not continue to glow after the light is pointed away. Please keep in mind that the highlighters will color the laces unlike the paint. Whichever you choose to do,  I'm sure they'll look great and I wish you the best

Step 6: Take Them Out for a Spin!

That should do; now all that's needed is an equally cool person to wear these cool sneakers! Charge them up with your black light before you leave (or bring one with you!) and enjoy. Have fun, nightwalkers!

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SeanaMichell made it!(author)2016-12-04

I made mine and they look so cool thank you!!!?

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Adriw123 made it!(author)2016-06-05

has anyone made these already

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Johnny+J made it!(author)2015-01-11

For the laces, you could use glow-in-the-dark paracord.
It's available pretty cheap on eBay, and works much better than painting the laces. ;)

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pamelaisley1123 made it!(author)2016-03-18

they sell glow in the dark laces at target for cheap :)

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KingToni11 made it!(author)2015-07-28

How long will the glow paint last for

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AIDAN45 made it!(author)2015-02-05

can u do this with nikes or not

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Umamaheswari+Anandane made it!(author)2014-05-29

Looks easy and lovable :)

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emilyvanleemput made it!(author)2014-05-25

Oh, I love these!!

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Chikpeas+Brother made it!(author)2014-01-17

Totally awesome idea! Fiendishly simple, yet gets onlookers asking what site you bought them from, and how much they were. :)

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nerfrocketeer made it!(author)2013-10-25

Haha I have that spray paint as well! Didst thou goeth tither and yon to Michaels by chance? XD

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2013-12-28

:0)

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nerfrocketeer made it!(author)2014-01-01

:/

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-25

Thou hast gone to ye local Amazonians!

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nerfrocketeer made it!(author)2013-10-26

XD I obtainethed mine from the monsigneur Micheals shoppe yonder downe the way.

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Joanjett7737 made it!(author)2013-10-26

Where do you get the glowing spray paint?

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-26

Amazon.com, but if you're looking to buy glow paint you could probably find better paint for this job.

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2013-12-28

I have seen it at Michael's. Wait for a 40% off coupon before you buy.

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SavageSam made it!(author)2013-10-27

One word: AWESOME!

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-27

Thank you for your interest in this project!

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SavageSam made it!(author)2013-10-27

Trans4mation, I'm going to try painting my bike frame. I did a search on GITD bike and I also wound up @ an LED site for some UV LEDs. Wish me luck.

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2013-12-28

Please let me know if that works for you. It would make a priceless safety feature!
Huge heart break happened in our neighbourhood when a little boy riding his bike at night, was killed by a car driver who did not see him

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-27

Are you planning to mount UV LED's to your painted bike for a continuous glow as you ride? Because that sounds like an incredible idea! I'd love to see pictures of your bike once its done, if you wanted to post them in the comments. You could even wear your glowing shoes on your glowing bike. You'll go far, best of luck!

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SavageSam made it!(author)2013-10-28

Thanks! Going to Eek out the last of the riding weather before I tear it apart. But the plan is to paint just the frame (maybe the rims later) using the good stuff. and mount a string of UV LEDs as the light source.

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-28

I look forward to hearing how it goes, SavageSam. (:

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2013-12-28

If Hobby Lobby has an Iphone ap the will give you alerts and coupons like Michael's does

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2013-12-28

Love that you gave such a clear science explanation! I can't wait to try out your brilliant idea!

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hnguyen1 made it!(author)2013-10-29

Does that paint leave a greenish hue on the white surface like glow-in-the-dark stars?

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-29

On a scale of 1 to 100 percent of how green it looks, it's probably a 5. I would recommend this paint for this project as it glowed well for me. It only tints it slightly, but until the lights get turned out, they look like your ordinary All Stars. That, in my opinion, is what I find neat about them. (-:

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Missybutter made it!(author)2013-10-28

I have found the Krylon Paint at Michaels on sale for 2/$10.00. However, it is a better deal to use Michaels or Hobby Lobby the "40 percent off any regular priced item coupon" when they are not on "sale." And Hobby Lobby lets you use the coupon for online shopping.

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-28

I've just gotten a hobby lobby in my area recently, I'll have to stop by and check out the paint supply they have. Thanks for the tip!

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craft-n-genius made it!(author)2013-10-27

That's neat! Thanks for sharing :)

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-27

Totally, sharing is caring!

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aneves2 made it!(author)2013-10-27

Very cool!

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-27

Thank you aneves2, I appreciate it.

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Andrew+Garfield made it!(author)2013-10-26

why did you use painters tape

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-26

The tape is so that the paint does not get on the fabric, which on converse is called 'canvas'. This certain paint glows best on smooth white surfaces such as the rubber of the shoe, and it looks nicest that way. (-:

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Darlingtonusa made it!(author)2013-10-25

Very cool!

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-25

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day!

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Joanjett7737 made it!(author)2013-10-25

That is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-25

So is your comment! (:

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sh%21nyl%21ght made it!(author)2013-10-25

Pretty ingenious idea! Thanks for sharing!

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-25

Thank you for the support!

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KemikalzAreFun made it!(author)2013-10-25

This.. Is awesome 0.0
Can't you use just a normal LED flashlight though? Cuz glow "stuff" doesn't need black light to charge up I don't think.

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trans4mation made it!(author)2013-10-25

Great question! UV light has a slightly different effect on glowing things. An Ultra Violet light will make them glow very brightly, within only a few seconds of pointing at the object. LED lights work just as well, but you have to hold them there much longer to get the same effect. Another alternative is to place them out in the sun (or if you're rocking these shoes, wear them all day) and by the time the sun sets, it should be glowing brightly. I hope I explained this decently :P

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