How to Make My Converse Look Old Fast

by Kiki Michelle

Giving clothes the weathered and worn look is popular amongst individuals who want a more earthy and edgy look. If you are looking to make a brand new pair of shoes look old, there are a number of ways to induce fading and turn them into into your favorite pair of old-looking shoes.

Items you will need

  • Sandpaper
  • Washing Machine
Step 1

Try washing your shoes in cold water either in a washing machine or by hand to make the colors bleed. Bleeding makes the material look more faded, thereby giving it an older look.

Step 2

Use sandpaper to sand areas of the shoe down to give them a worn look where desired. Sand gently and beware of sanding too much, as this can create holes in your shoes.

Step 3

Let your shoes soak in a lukewarm water bath to allow the color in the shoes to bleed. Toss the shoes in the dryer or let them dry in the sun to promote more fading.


  • Wash your shoes alone or with like colors to prevent them from bleeding onto the rest of your clothes.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Kiki Michelle has been writing health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Environmental Science and Technology Magazine." Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University.