How to Make Your Converse Shoes Look Old

by Megan Weber

Converses are easily aged with a few household tricks.

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Not many shoes are more comfortable than a broken in pair of Converse sneakers. Although the sneakers tend to be immediately comfortable, sometimes it is preferable to have the shoes appear a bit older than they actually are. Nothing special needs to be purchased to make Converses look old; there are a few tricks that can be done around the house to age the sneakers. Sometimes all you need is a night of inclement weather to get just the right look for your Converses.

Items you will need

  • Key
  • Sandpaper
Step 1

Run the sneakers through the washing machine four to five times.

Step 2

Place the wet shoes outdoors for two days. Between temperature changes, sunshine or possible rain, the fabric will wear.

Step 3

Wear the shoes through puddles or any outdoor mess. Walking them through mud or rocky terrain will wear the fabric even more.

Step 4

Throw the Converses against an outdoor wall, preferably high so the shoes can later drop to the ground.

Step 5

Take a key and rub the sharper edges against one part of the fabric to create a hole or just wear through the fabric. Use sandpaper to distress the fabric.


  • Once you have worn through your Converses completely, consider donating the shoes to Converse's ReUSE a Shoe program. In the program, Converse and Nike work together to reuse the rubber to create running tracks and basketball courts for schools.

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About the Author

Megan Weber began writing professionally in 2010. Her expertise is travel, specifically through Europe and the United Kingdom, and literature. Weber has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University, where she graduated with honors.