About

My name is Michael Kohl and I’m an art teacher in Toronto, Canada.

A little while ago a friend of mine suggested I start making custom shoes and that piqued my curiosity. After doing a little research I ordered a set of leather paints and painted an old pair of Nikes I had sitting around in my closet. I loved every part of the process and quickly became obsessed with painting shoes!

I found an older pair that I hadn’t worn in years, cleaned them and painted them as well. I posted pictures on Facebook and started getting requests. After doing a few more pairs I decided to start this blog and share my work.

Please feel free to explore the blog and leave a comment if you like a pair of shoes.

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of shoes you can get in contact with me at kohlscustoms@gmail.com. The process will go as follows:

1. You contact me via email with your request. You should have a pair of shoes (preferably white leather) already purchased or in mind. Including pictures of your shoes as well as sample images and colours you want me to incorporate into the design is highly encouraged.

2. I will get back to you with a quote for how much the project will cost based on time and materials. They typical cost for shoes is between $150 and $500 depending on the level of detail involved, the amount of time it takes to paint the shoes and the amount of materials I have to use on the shoes.

3. If the price is acceptable I can produce a quick sketch or mock-up of what the shoe will look like when I have worked on it.

4. When everything is agreed upon you will ship the shoes to me and I will get started working on them.

5. The shoes should take 2-3 weeks to finish and ship based on the amount of work I have.

6. I will send pictures throughout the process as well as images of the finished product before I ship them. Once the shoes are finished I will send you a Paypal request and you can pay via your bank account or credit card through Paypal.

7. I reserve the right to use those images on my blog for promotional purposes but I will never repeat a design so your shoes will always be one-of-a-kind originals!

8. Once you receive your shoes please feel free to send me pictures of you rocking your kicks! If you’re shy I can crop the photos so your face doesn’t show but I love seeing people wear my art.

Thanks for your interest!

49 Responses to “About”

  1. zack November 29, 2011 at 4:16 PM #

    could you paint a goalie helmet? if so, how much?

  2. Christopher Pinnick May 15, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

    Very interested! Where do I send pics of my shoes for a quote? What’s the avg cost at the moment. I’d be very interested in something like the Nintendo one I saw on my favorite channel, vsauce! Pls reply ASAP I neeeeed those shoes. Lol

    • kohlscustoms May 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

      Hi, thanks for your interest. You can send inquiries to kohlscustoms@gmail.com. The NES shoes sold for $450 because of the level of detail and amount of time I had to spend on them. Simpler designs will cost less.

  3. WillyFace May 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    I think I might do that

  4. Ellie May 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM #

    Hey, I’m interested in getting a pair of zelda themed shoes. Can you give me an idea of what price a pair of canvas shoes with the tri-force on would cost? Your work looks great, I really like it! Please reply ASAP.
    -Ellie

    • kohlscustoms May 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM #

      Hi Ellie,
      a pair of canvas shoes with just the tri-force and some other Zelda designs will be between $150 and $200.

  5. Kenton May 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

    Can you draw Dwight Schrute?

  6. jon May 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

    About how much would xbox game themed shoes cost like one side assassins creed one halo one minecraft and one just xbox

    • kohlscustoms May 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM #

      Hi Jon,
      a pair of shoes like that would require a lot of time and work. The cost would be between $350-$450 not including the price of the shoes or shipping

  7. KillianHannigan May 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

    Hey, I was wondering how much Corvo from Dishonored would cost. It’s one of my favorite games. Sort of like a full shoe design. Thanks.

    • kohlscustoms May 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

      Hi, those shoes would cost $250 to paint, not including the cost of the shoes and shipping

  8. Trevor May 16, 2013 at 2:12 AM #

    Wondering if you could do those batman shoes again and how much they cost

    • kohlscustoms May 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      Hi, I can make similar shoes (they won’t be exactly the same) and they would cost $400 because of the amount of time and detail that would go into them

  9. Naomi Ash-Collins May 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    It is possible to get Doctor Who themed shoes?

    • kohlscustoms May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM #

      Hi, thanks for your interest. It is very possible to get Doctor Who themed shoes made. You can email me at kohlscustoms@gmail.com with some details and I can give you a more accurate quote

  10. Levi hollingsworth May 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM #

    How much would it be to get a pair of nike air max 1s in a mario and luigi theme

    • kohlscustoms May 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

      Hi Levi,
      it depends on how much detail you want and how much time I have to spend working on the shoes. If you just want a simple design it would be $200

  11. Iz May 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    How much do you think it would be for minecraft themed shoes?

    • kohlscustoms May 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM #

      that would really depend on what you want on them. Shoes typically cost between $200-$500 depending on the level of detail and amount of time I have to spend on them

      • Iz May 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

        Thanks! I’ll have to think about it

        Ps your are awesome at what you do!

  12. Jul May 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM #

    Hey Kohlscustoms i was wondering what are the shoes that you display for the canadian shoes and what if you put the walking dead design on them how much will that cost

    • Jul May 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM #

      not the Canadian shoes the canada shoes from 2011

      • kohlscustoms May 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM #

        And yes, I can do a Walking Dead design on them 🙂

    • kohlscustoms May 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM #

      Hi, those are Nike Sweet Classic High tops

  13. Josh Momany May 17, 2013 at 10:37 PM #

    In 3 weeks am about to get white shoes, If you can make these I was wanting Pink Floyd symbol on the front and some of the famous albums on the sides

  14. Lindsey May 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM #

    Is it possible to have only one shoe done and if so, how much would that cost if it were to be very detailed- for instance, similar to the batman shoes in detail?

    • kohlscustoms May 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM #

      Hi Lindsey,
      It is possible to do one shoe. IF it is very detailed it will cost around $200

  15. Cecilia May 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM #

    Could you make Pink Floyd shoes? and can you ship to the UK?

    • kohlscustoms May 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

      I can definitely make Pink Floyd shoes and I will ship anywhere, the shipping costs will depend on the weight and size of the package though.

  16. Tommy May 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    How much would it be to do the Maryland state flag on a pair of shoes? Maybe some bikes.

    • kohlscustoms May 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM #

      Hi Tommy,
      depending on the level of detail you’re looking for that would cost around $150-$200

      • Tommy May 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM #

        sorry i meant nikes. well there’s not much you can do to up the level of detail in a state flag so, i don’t know detail wise. Any ideas?

  17. maggie May 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

    what paints do you use on canvas shoes?

    • kohlscustoms May 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM #

      I use water-based acrylic paint on canvas shoes.

  18. Taylor May 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    How much would it cost for a pair of shoes with the Armenian flag on there wouldnt be much detail, because it’s a flag.

  19. Ellie G. June 17, 2013 at 1:04 AM #

    How much would Nintendo, Batman, SpongeBob, Pokémon, and Xbox themed shoes cost all together?? (Idk if I will get them but its a hope of my parents say yes xD)

    • Ellie G. June 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

      Oh and Adventure Time… 😄

  20. etheric lujan July 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM #

    Hi I would like a pair of these custom shoes with something basic and call of duty related I just had my birthday pass and would just like a rough estimate of how much something very basic would be. Please reply

    • kohlscustoms July 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM #

      Hi there,
      you can email me some images of what you want to kohlscustoms@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you with a quote. Shoes typically cost between $150 and $500 depending on how much time and detail I have to put into the work.

  21. Braden francesco December 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    Hello I am inquiring on getting a pair of breaking bad Nike’s I am from Toronto myself I was wondering how much an EXACT replica of those breaking bad Nike’s would cost and do I have to supply the shoes ? Thanks for your time and patience.

  22. Jin August 13, 2014 at 7:47 AM #

    How much does it cost to make an anime themed shoes?

    • kohlscustoms August 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

      The art on shoes typically ranges from $150 to $500 depending on how complicated the work is and how much time I have to spend on it

  23. Vanessa August 30, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four
    e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?

    Appreciate it!

    • kohlscustoms August 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

      I have no idea how to do that sorry. I don’t send out updates, WordPress does that automatically

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