You are lucky. Around 8 or 9 years ago when the first, that we know of, people started customizing shoes through the decon-recon method all they had was the knowledge of how the shoes were visually put together and ambition to make their own using new materials. You are lucky because someone who put in the work to figure out deconstruction reconstruction shoe customizing themselves is giving you step by step examples of how you can do it yourself. They are also showing their customers why a certain price point is warranted for this type of customization.
Blacktie Underground has recorded 15 steps on how you can take a pair of high top Converse All Star Chuck Taylors from boring plain to a one of a kind piece of art that only you will have. If all they shared were the tools they use then you would still be starting out a step ahead in comparison to pretty much every shoe customizer who wanted to attempt, and now has a portfolio of, decon-recon customs.
Checkout the entire tutorial via their Tumblr here: HOW TO RECONSTRUCT A CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR HIGH-TOP WITH THE BLACKTIE UNDERGROUND
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