How to Paint Rubber Soles on Sneakers

Sneakers are known to be the most common and comfortable daily footwear. Just because you wear sneakers casually does not mean that your sneakers have to look shabby and out of style. You can always do some DIY to your sneakers to make it fashionable and trendy. One of the ways of doing it is by coloring the soles of your sneakers. It is a way to make them change the outlook and, if your sneakers’ soles are worn out, you can paint them to look fresh. So, if you want to know how to paint rubber soles on sneakers, keep reading ahead.

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DIY: How to Paint Rubber Soles on Sneakers

Having everyday sneakers will do your regular work, but if you could use some funkiness into your ordinary life and maintain the same comfort, then why not give a little effort to achieve that! While many people will suggest that you can learn how to paint rubber soles on sneakers by using a marker, you should not do that. The marker’s color is not sustainable, and it could lead up to have the wrong color on the shoes forever.

The marker will usually have a thinner coloring. You can add as much as coats you want, but it will not have the same effect as using acrylic paint. While in the case of acrylic paints, you can use one coat and have satisfying coloring. And with a few coats, the color will be more vibrant. But the best part of using acrylic paint is that it will stay for a long time. And if you use a primer base with the paint, the paint will remain just like your bought sneaker’s original color.

To make a better painting on your sneakers’ soles, you will only need a few materials that will give you a much better and close to a professional result.


Surface Painter's Tap

Acrylic Paint Set Value

Mod Podge CS11201

Art Supply 15 Piece


ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter's Tape, .70 inches x 60 yards, 2090, 1 Roll
 Craft Smart Acrylic Paint Set Value Pack, 16 Colors – All-Purpose Paint Kit for Beginners and Professionals
 Mod Podge CS11201 Waterbase Sealer, Glue & Decoupage Finish, 8 oz, Gloss, 8 Fl Oz
U.S. Art Supply 15 Piece Artist Long Handle Synthetic Paint Brush Set - Multi Functional Watercolor Gouache Oil Acrylic Brush Set in Zippered Nylon Pop-Up...


Multiple surface

Non Toxic Acrylic Paint

Multipurpose Use

15 Assorted Popular Brush Types


1 Roll/Pack

16 Piece

1 Piece 

15 Piece

Materials You Need

There are only a few things you need for this project, and you can get them around the local stores in your city. The items you will need are-There are only a few things you need for this project, and you can get them around the local stores in your city. The items you will need are-

Paint, Shoe, Brush
  • Paint, Shoe, Brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Painter’s tape
  • Mod podge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush

With these few items, you will be able to turn your favorite sneakers’ soles into the color of your desire.

Steps to Follow

Step 1

The first step for how to paint rubber soles on sneakers is cleaning the soles of your shoes. If your sneaker is a used one, then it should have lots of muds on it. To clean it properly, you need to wash it with water and soap. Use a toothbrush to get the dirt out properly. You can even use toothpaste afterward to get the stains out of the white soles.

After washing the sneakers, you need to use some rubbing alcohol on it. Clean the whole thing with rubbing alcohol, even if the sneakers are new. The rubbing alcohol will create a base for the paint to stick correctly. Let the rubbing alcohol dry appropriately before you can move onto the next step.

Step 2

Now, before you can start with the painting, you need to select the area that you are going to paint. If the soles are the only area your intent to paint, you need to make sure you cover up the other rooms so the paint will not get onto them. The best way to cover up is by using tape. And the best kind of tape for this project is painter’s tape as they have better glue that will not harm the material of your

Select the Area That You Are Going to Paint

Put the painter’s tape around the area of the part you are going to paint. If you want to have some design, you can do it using the tape as well. You can cut the tape in small pieces and create various scenarios with them. The tapes will not let color pass through it as well as protect the surface from getting sticky glue-like other tapes. That is why a lot of people prefer these tapes over any other tapes.

Step 3

You have your base for the sneakers ready to be painted. It is time to mix up the paint. You need to mix the acrylic paint with the mod podge. The reason for using pod podge is because paint does not stick to rubber properly. You need something that will help the paint and rubber to get alone together. Mod podge is the best thing that will work as a connector between the color of the rubber.

Mix the Acrylic Paint

Put the paint in a container and see if the color is the one that you wanted your sneakers’ soles to be. After the confirmation, but the mod podge on the painting and mix them thoroughly.

Step 4

Start painting the soles with the paint using the brush you can find and comfortable with. Using several coats to get the proper thickness and color of the painting that you are aiming for. One coat may not be enough, and it can depend on the thickness of the paint. But before you can apply the second or next coat, you need to wait for the previous coat to dry properly.

Start Painting with Brush

Step 5

Set the paint to get dry for as long as it needs. Put the sneakers in a place that will not disturb the painting of the shoes. After the painting is dried, take off the painter’s tape. Do not touch the tape before the paint is dried as it could mess up the sides of the paints. And you are done painting the soles.

Final Thoughts

That was all for how to paint rubber soles on sneakers. With these simple steps, you can create the designs and change the color of your sneakers as you like them. You can color them to match your outfit for a particular event or follow the trend that is going on. Once your sneakers are done, you will have lots of fun wearing them outside and be different than others.

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