Shoes are a very ordinary item. In most parts of the world, people wear them everyday to protect their feet from injury or cold. Shoes, however, have become much more than foot protection. Today, many people select their shoes as a decorative item, a symbol of self-expression.
Tennis shoes, also called sneakers, are among the most popular. Designed as athletic shoes, they are now worn casually as well. The name “sneakers” was recorded as early as 1887, because the rubber sole was very quiet compared to the leather soles often used at that time.
Sneakers have also become emblematic of popular culture. Music artists are often contracted to promote popular brands. “Sneakerheads” are collectors of shoes. “Artistically modified” collectible shoes may sell for upwards of 1,000 dollars at retail stores, while those worn by celebrities in competitions or movies may be sold at auction for thousands or even millions of dollars.
For example, Nike made 1,500 replica pairs of the Nike Air Mag shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in the movie Back to the Future. The shoes were sold at a charity auction, one pair selling for over 37,000 dollars. The Air Jordan 12 sneakers worn by basketball star Michael Jordan during a 1997 finals game sold for 104,000 dollars at auction. Singer Kanye West once partnered with Nike to design a shoe called the Air Yeezy 2 Red October. In an eBay auction, bidding for this shoe reached 17 million dollars.
Would you like to draw your own pair of kicks? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step shoe drawing tutorial. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can shade your sneakers in bright colors.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Shoe
1. Begin by drawing a rectangle. This box will serve as a guide for drawing your shoe.
2. Draw a long, straight line across the bottom of the rectangle. This will form the sole of the shoe.
3. Draw a long, curved line from one side of the rectangle to the other, outlining the shape of the shoe’s top. Note the mountain-like crests that form the back and tongue of the shoe, and the curved area that indicates the toe.
4. Detail the outline of the shoe. Draw curved lines from the sole of the shoe to the curve of the toe. Draw short, curved lines at the back of the sole and heel of the shoe. Draw a curved line from the shoe’s back to its interior, giving the drawing depth.
5. Erase the guide lines formed by the original rectangle. You should now see a clean outline of the shoe.
6. Add stitching to the body of the shoe. Enclose the toe using a curved line. Draw a slightly curved line from the top of the shoe to the toe to indicate the tongue, the area that has the laces. Finally, draw a curved line from the tongue to the sole of the shoe.
7. Draw the laces. For each lace, enclose a small, curved shape using short, curved lines.
8. Erase the guide lines from the laces.
9. Add some final details of stitching to the shoe. Draw a curved line parallel to the line denoting the tongue, the curve of the toe, the curved line from the tongue to the sole, and the opening of the shoe.
10. Color your shoe. Tennis shoes can come in any color you can imagine, so be creative!
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