Dyed Sneakers for Summer

"Whatchu know about that RIT Dye?" - Big Boi on Bullseye

I’m not sure if these aren’t a bad idea, but summer is essentially made for questionable clothing choices (I’m looking at you, shorts). Lately, I’ve been thinking about dyed sneakers, which I suspect might look better on my screen than on my feet. On the other hand, they also look like they’d be really fun to wear this summer with beat-up chinos and casual shirts. Something for lounging around on lazy days. 

To get a pair, you have three options.

  • DIY. The first is to obviously make them yourself. Start off with a pair of white sneakers and dye them with one of the many at-home dyeing kits. RIT Dye is popular, and you can buy packet of it at Walmart, CVS, or Amazon. There are a ton of online guides that will show you how (start here, here, and here). Basically, the gist of it is: if you want a deeper color, such as these Chuck Taylors 3sixteen once dyed, you’ll want to use hot water and lots of a salt. Prepare the dye in a bucket, however, as the chemicals might stain your bathtub or sink. Then, dip your shoes in multiple times and let them air out in-between each dip. For a lighter color, such as these Chucks by Tenue de Nimes, just use warm water, don’t use a lot of salt, and don’t dip them in that much. To ensure the color doesn’t deepen, you can rinse them off afterwards. (Note: For a kind of dye that will fade with time, try Jacquard’s natural indigo. Just be careful the first few weeks, as the color might bleed a bit more than RIT Dye, which means you can wind up with blue feet and perhaps even blue floors).
  • Farmtown Denim. You can also go to Melissa Farmer, who’s a popular Reddit poster with an Etsy shop. She regularly dyes things for Reddit members for a small fee. At the moment, she has a pre-order for natural indigo dyed sneakers (she uses Jacquard, I’m told). You can get anything from Vans Authentics to Jack Purcells to Chuck Taylors, and she’ll provide the shoes. A great option if you, like me, are too lazy to do this process yourself. To see how her dyed shoes age, you can see check out the photos in this interview. 
  • Vans. Vans has a blue overwashed version of their popular Authentics this season. The upside to these is that they won’t bleed on you, and they’ll look broken in from day one. The downside is that you won’t get the experience of having dyed something yourself.

To get a sense of how these might look on your feet, check out our friend Travis Gumbs over at Street Etiquette. Noah Emrich also once dip dyed a pair of Tretorns in order to give them more of a two-tone gradient effect. 

(Photos via Vimeo, 3sixteenVans, and DIY Vat)

Put This On Season Two, Episode 2: Eclecticism

Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits New York City, where eclectic style is a way of life.

We go thrifting with Josh and Trav from the blog Street Etiquette. They’re known for their thrift-store eyes and their unique editorials. We drop some shopping and alteration knowledge and have a friendly competition: who can pick up the coolest stuff in three shops and two hours?

Visit Jay Kos, the eclectic boutique that fuses traditional style with a decidedly non-traditional palette. It’s a favorite of modern dandies because of Jay’s bold color sense and wild material choices. Here you can find traditionally-made trousers in green python or a fine Italian sportcoat rendered in a blown-up flannel shirting pattern.

Meet Lewis Lapham, the found of Lapham’s Quarterly and longtime editor of Harper’s Magazine. Lapham discusses why fine clothes suit the humble journalist, and compares a coat and tie to the pair of gold coins Flaubert carried in his pocket - they lend the bearer a sense of weight.

In our How It’s Made segment, we learn what’s inside your jacket. Tailor Leonard Logsdail tears open a few coats to show us their guts and compares the construction of pieces at a variety of price points.

Plus, the return of Rudiments with new host Dave Hill. Dave explains that a coat isn’t finished until it has been altered by a tailor.

This is the second episode in our six-episode second season. In this season, we visit the three greatest men’s style cities in the world, as chosen by our readers - New York, Milan and London.

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Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor

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Rudiments: Dave Hill

Producer: Andrew Yamato

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Put This On Season 2 Episode 2: Thrifting with Street Etiquette

Put This On host Jesse Thorn goes thrift store shopping for menswear with Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, the proprietors of Street Etiquette in Manhattan. They share thrifting tips, including altering thrift store finds and “the pinch test” for determining whether a jacket is canvassed.

From Season 2, Episode 2 of Put This On

Our pals from Street Etiquette and the talented designer Billy Reid visited with Guy Roz over at All Things Considered. Happy to hear from them, and nice to see that NPR picked the right folks (well… given that they didn’t pick us).

streetetiquette:

Andre Benjamin 
Bixby 

Mandatory Andre 3000 re-blog from our pals at Street Etiquette.  Necktie as belt: sartorial power move.

streetetiquette:

Andre Benjamin 

Bixby 

Mandatory Andre 3000 re-blog from our pals at Street Etiquette.  Necktie as belt: sartorial power move.

The Black Ivy, from our pals at Street Etiquette and Unabashedly Prep.

The Black Ivy, from our pals at Street Etiquette and Unabashedly Prep.

Street Etiquette: Dreaming of Fall
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Joshua & Travis
Street Etiquette Update : Oxford and Chino 

The very combination I’m wearing today.  I’m hoping that yellow pants will drive the haze away here in LA.

streetetiquette:

Joshua & Travis

Street Etiquette Update : Oxford and Chino 

The very combination I’m wearing today.  I’m hoping that yellow pants will drive the haze away here in LA.

Trav from Street Etiquette writes a bit about his vintage Banana Republic safari jacket.  The first Banana Republic store was in my wife’s home town - Mill Valley, California.  Another brand that has stumbled far from its roots.  At least J. Peterman bought back J. Peterman.
By the way: the SE guys have a Tumblr now.

Trav from Street Etiquette writes a bit about his vintage Banana Republic safari jacket.  The first Banana Republic store was in my wife’s home town - Mill Valley, California.  Another brand that has stumbled far from its roots.  At least J. Peterman bought back J. Peterman.

By the way: the SE guys have a Tumblr now.

The guys from Street Etiquette break down how they get this fly without spending much money.