The Process | DIY Tretorn Nylite - “Astros Orange”
Not sure if I looked hard enough, but I couldn’t find anywhere on the interweb documenting the process (in pictures) behind dyeing a pair of sneakers, more specifically Tretorns. Being my first time to dye a pair of sneakers I didn’t know exactly what to expect and didn’t really have any standard guidelines to follow except for wet your shoe, dip in in the dye and let it dry.
[DISCLAIMER] By no means am I an expert on dyeing shoes, this is just a template that y’all can choose or not choose to follow that may make you more comfortable when deciding to dye a pair of canvas sneakers.
Fill a bucket or sink (preferably stainless steel) with water and let your brand new, untouched Tretorns soak in the the sink full of water until the canvas is completely soaked. You can also use a tub, but make sure it’s porcelain because other tubs are more conducive to staining once they are cleaned. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the dye because the cleaning process can be a real pain.
Work In Process:
Once your shoes are soaked, fill the sink or tub with the dye until it is distributed uniformly throughout. Make sure you use gloves or something other than your bare hands to mix the dye to reduce any staining that may occur on your fingernails (unless you want your fingernails to match your shoes). Now you’re ready to put your shoes in facedown so the dye can soak into the canvas. I used an old pair of chopsticks to fully submerge the shoes into the dye when they decided to float to the top. I left my shoes in there for 30 minutes or so because I wanted the color to be a bit darker. Basically just set it (in the dye) and forget it…for about 30 minutes or longer if you want the shoes darker.
When 30 minutes were up I pulled them out of the sink and let them dry for over two days. I didn’t want the dye to really soak into the sole of the shoe so I mixed a bit of alcohol and water and wiped down the sole completely with a towel. Immediately drain and clean the sink after you take your shoes out of the dye because the longer you let the dye soak the longer it’ll take to clean. (ADDED STEP) After about two days worth of drying, I gave the shoes a salt water bath to remove any residual dye so when I put them on it didn’t stain my feet. I’m not sure if this helped, but I just wanted to ensure all the dye was removed. I found that the salt water bath made my shoes a tad bit lighter, so this step may not be necessary if you want your shoes to be darker. Once the shoes are completely dry you have a nice, finished product just in time for spring! The Tretorn Nylite - “Astros Orange” sneakers are a great way to pay homage to our beloved baseball team as well as add some pop to your wardrobe.
DIY | Tretorn Nylite - “Astros Orange”
Finally finished and ready to wear. I haven’t had any luck finding the perfect pair of canvas shoes for our upcoming summer months so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a shoe that was for Houston, by a Houstonian. Having been inspired by some of my favorite bloggers/tumblrs such as Street Etiquette, NOVH.US, and IAMSANGSOUVANH I decided to pick up some RIT Dye from the local fabric store and dye a pair of Tretorn Nylites. Not knowing how these would turn out, I filled up my sink with warm water, poured in the RIT dye and submerged the shoes as well as the laces into the dye for about 30 minutes. To my surprise the shoes turned out better than I envisioned. The orange compliments the blue logo perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with the final result.
The reason I chose Orange or what I like to call “Astros Orange” was to pay homage not only to Houston, but to some of my childhood heroes growing up such as Nolan Ryan, Jose Cruz, Craig Biggio, Mike Scott, Jeff Bagwell, and Ken Caminiti. I loved watching and mimicking these players growing up and I wanted to pay tribute to my beloved baseball team with a great looking pair of shoes for summer.
I can’t wait to break these shoes in. I plan on dyeing some other things in the coming months and will keep y’all posted. Also, I’ll post a couple of pics of the process in the days ahead. Till then, stay classy.