Picture of banana converse!
I've been wearing the same pair of converse for years now, theyve finally given up the ghost though. Instead of chucking them away, I've made them awesome :)

Step 1: Acquire the bits

Picture of Acquire the bits
For this, you need:

Old shoes
Fabric that you want to use (I recommend checking Fat Quarter for some cool stuff)
Sewing machine
Rubber cement
odd bits n bobs

tqwerty1 year ago
no pun intended? (intro)
luciac19882 years ago
muffinhead5 years ago
 Where'd you get the new eyelets?
Could you upload a scan of the converse templates? And which site was the one that sold knckoffs?
rachel6 years ago
This is fantastic. Got any pix of you wearing them? I'm working on a pair of shoes now, Instructable to come in another couple weeks most likely as I have to do everything twice because the first time I get it wrong :)
duck-lemon6 years ago
Thes is awesims, im doing this now
Knex Guru6 years ago
If you want to make duct tape ones ... Make cloth with the duct tape by laying it sticky side to sticky side. When you cut it into shape, fold tape along the edges to keep them from peeling open. Cover the whole thing in duct tape, and it just might work.
xwx Knex Guru6 years ago
yeah i know how to make duct tape stuff check my wallet instructions i was planning on making instructables for other stuff too!
xwx6 years ago
okay the duct tape one didn't work...yea so I'm going to just do this to my 2 pairs of old ones and be happy :D (maybe completely out of duct tape?)
13fingerfx6 years ago
Nice. Of course, when you have the shoe in pieces vou could take a mould of the sole, then you could rep' that too. Maybe use old tire rubber for the base and then a latex upper sole. Instant shoe factory. Probably still want to buy innersoles, though.
inquisitive6 years ago
Nice job! Try using the shoe glue called GOOP next time, it is actually made to quick mend shoes.
coerul7 years ago
I can't wait to do this to some of my old, worn out converse! However, I was wondering if anyone had tips on making knee-high converse this way. I've always wanted some and they're way overpriced, but I can't figure out how to cut the right canvas pieces.
xwx7 years ago
wow! this is great i'm going to try with duct tape :D
summit7 years ago
Wow I love Converses, but I can't wear them anymore. Due to an ingrown toenail caused from the rubber. But I had four pairs of them. My first were black high-tops. Good times...
Lol you're amazing. Fantastic idea. :-D I have been contemplating on drawing a picture on my new off-white converse hightops. But I'm scared to draw on um...dunno. hmm So, how old are these shoes? They look really well beat up at the rubbers, yet, they're not like totally torn apart. My first black low tops only lasted me about 2 years, and I wore them till they didn't have a back, and huge holes on the sides. The rubber's gotten torn away from the shoe in a couple places too. Still wear them, though...it's just hard to. Lol Bananas are amazing! :-D Very nice job.
fridgehead (author)  White_Feathers7 years ago
I've had these shoes for about 2 years, suprisingly the soles survived really well. Theyve started to fall apart at the back (apparently my parents teilling me to "pick my feet up" as a child never sank in :P ) I found a place that sells knock-off converse shoes for about 10 quid a pair, they're completely blank as well - perfect for drawing on and cheap enough where I dont care if they get trashed :D
T0BY7 years ago
I'm very impressed with the job you've done, I'll probably try the same myself, but I have to ask, is the glue adequate to hold the sole on? Have you worn them much?
fridgehead (author)  T0BY7 years ago
probably not, its only rubber cement. I was looking for a glue that was strong, flexible and waterproof. I havent worn them yet, still working on the second shoe.
T0BY fridgehead7 years ago
Good luck! I wonder if stitching or even riveting the uppers to the soles might help...
<<"Kick Arse Fabric">> I totally agree.
mrmath7 years ago
I have to ask the obvious question here. Why not just buy a new pair. I know they are expensive, and they won't have the bananas on them, but they'll fit better, and they'll have a new sole.
fridgehead (author)  mrmath7 years ago
i did buy a new pair though, just fancied doing something cool with the old ones
OH I see! That's cool.
Danny7 years ago