An sneaker artist is only as good as the brushes he uses. Here are our recommendations for the top brushes to have in your arsenal. All of these brushes should work well to apply the various acrylic and leather paints we use to customize sneakers.
Do it once, do it right. Picking up the Angelus 14-piece brush set will ensure you have every brush you need for virtually any sneaker customization project. With 14 bristle brushes in wide variety of different brush head sizes and angles, you won’t have to constantly be rinsing brushes every time you switch to a new color. You can simply grab a clean brush, and keep painting.
The set also includes micro-detail brushes that are perfect for detailing tiny creases in rubber or leather. This set will serve you well for years with proper care, and you’ll love having these brushes in your quiver.
If you’re not sure just how well you’ll like painting your kicks, you could start out with the 5-piece set from Angelus, and then expand your collection from there. The 5-piece set lacks several of the specialty brushes found in the 14-piece paint brush set, but these synthetic bristle brushes will give you some basic tools to finish most basic sneaker painting projects.
This kit provides a wide variety of brushes at a low price. The large brush tips are especially good if you plan to paint whole panels on sneakers a single color, rather than focusing on painting fine details. The smallest brush that comes with this kit is suitable for the most common types of detail work on sneakers. But if you decide you need even smaller detail brushes, you can always pick up an extra brush or two from Angelus later.
Picking up both the Virtuoso set and either the Artify or Craftamo set (containing some larger brushes) would be a great way to ensure you have every brush you might need for sneaker customization.
And best of all, this set covers the whole size range you might need, all the way down to the finest brushes you’d want for painting tiny details on shoes. The blend of natural and synthetic bristles gives a great touch for acrylic painting. The brushes also come with a carrying case that doubles as a pop-up stand.