DIY: Give Your Average Skate Shoe A Rubber ToeCap

Skateboarding Skateboarding will force you to use shoes faster than any other person. You will feel a hole in your shoes if they are worn-in.

There are many options to preserve your favorite shoes. All of the above methods I tried to preserve my skate shoes over 15 years have been successful. I have tried all: shoe glues, Shoe-Aid patches and super glue.

The majority of these methods are a last-minute or afterthought and are only considered when there is a possibility of a blowout. Even though the shoes are new, they look strange. Without a sponsor, you’ll need to find a way that your shoes won’t fall apart. It isn’t easy for vegan skaters, bargain hunters, and those who love canvas shoes.

Plastidip was discovered by myself about a decade ago. Plasti Dip is a liquid, which can turn into rubber. It can be purchased in spray-can form. It is possible for the rubber in its liquid form to penetrate the suede’s fabric or weave. You can make it thicker using more style and lesser abrasion. Your layout and execution will attract more people if you’re thoughtful.

DC and Ripped Laces gave me Nyjah Vulcs canvas to show. Follow along to learn the entire process.

Here’s a list of materials that you will need.

Step 1: Getting Started

Materials:
-Shoes (ideally new)
Clear, black and clear versions of the -Plasti Dip spray are available in hardware stores. A can costs $7-$10
-Masking tape
-Ducttape or thick vinyl tap
-Electrical tape
-Pencil, Sharpie and/or Pencil
-Scissors
-Exacto-knife
-Waxed paper (or griptape backing paper)

Make sure you take safety precautions before spraying.

Second Step – Create aTemplate

1. Use masking tape to cover the area where you want rubber.
2 Draw toecaps that match your shoe’s design or wear patterns.
3 Continue to the other shoe (in cases of slight differences between left or right).

Template screens can protect your other shoe parts

4. You can use the negative space as a template for your mask.
5. Lay two layers of thick adhesive tape on top of the smooth side. You should not use thinner spray masks to permit thicker Plasti Dip rubber buildup.
6. Place your left or right masking tape template onto your thick tape. These are your final thick spray-masked.

These templates will give the rubber-toe area a neat look.

7. Spray the masks.
8. Protect the outsole with electrical tape
9. Tape all panels that aren’t included in the ducttape spray face mask. You can ensure that the tape stays in place by using a blunt object.
10. The remainder can be covered using newspaper or maskingtape.

You can now apply Plasti Dip

3rd Step – Spray some rubber.

1. Apply a thin, but still full-coverage first coat.
2. Use a rubber glove for the first coat. This will ensure that the first coat is well-bonded to the base material.
3. Spray more coats. Allow 10 minutes between coats. Spray as many coats needed to fix the rubber heelcap. For a glossier finish, you can apply your final coat thicker.

4. You should remove all tape and masks while the paint is still damp. Spraying should take 5 minutes.
5. Take the masks out of their frames. Rub your finger along the edges to remove any ridges.
6. Grab the Exacto and quickly take off any rubber underneath the mask.

Protective rubber cap to protect your feet from the fruits of labor

You’re done! I added a few coats on the raised eyestay to highlight the differences in clear and clear Plastidip. This provides some ollie protection.

You might be wondering if this DIY hack is reliable. We are happy you asked. These shoes have been able to withstand 8 hours of skateboarding. This feat is unmatched by canvas shoes. Due to the extra material, rubber toecaps tend to be slightly stiffer than standard. The DIY version is identical to the stock rubber but will take a few more days to adjust.

After 10 sessions, check out the results. (8 Hours)

The ollie hole has been growing. This is likely due to the excessive use of clear Plasti dip. I should’ve applied twice as many coats. The main lesson from the wear test was that the rubber heelcap remains intact. No holes have been made in the canvas after the black Plastidip has been applied. Plasti Dip/Shoe Goo may still be needed to cover the remaining blue canvas. This is true for all suede shoes that have been worn for 8 hours or more. This is a wonderful example of how a DIY rubber toecap extended a canvas-skate shoe’s useful life, even though it was not designed to be durable.

So go ahead. You have complete control over the design and durability of your footwear. You can spice-up boring, one-piece shoes. You will make a statement and stand out from others. You will be able to make your shoes look amazing and last longer with this DIY mod. You can make a great rubber teecap with little effort, a spray mask, and very little investment.