Photo: Joshua Covarrubias
Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it’s summer, and we’re feelin’ free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Congrats! You’ve decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you’re gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won’t judge. You’ll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).
STEP 2: DRAW A GUIDELINE
Before we started hacking away, we had to decide if we wanted a pair of slides cut straight down (like the OG meme) or more on a diagonal (aka less crazy). We suggest starting and ending the cutting around existing seams so you can use them as markers, but it’s your life and you can do whatever you want to.
STEP 3: CUT THE FIRST SIDE
Yasss, it’s hackin’ time. Use the knife to carefully (SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE, BE CAREFUL, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE DON’T DAMAGE YOUR BB FINGERS WHILE DOING THIS) cut along your guideline.
STEP 4: CUT ALONG THE SOLE
This part is harder than it looks. Hang in there.
STEP 5: CUT ALONG THE OTHER SIDE
Cut from the top of the shoe down to the sole exactly the way you did on the other side.
STEP 6: REMOVE THE HEEL
There’s a 100% chance you’ll feel really cool during this part.
STEP 7: REMOVE PADDING, SUPER GLUE IT SHUT
Once you cut open these bad boys, you’ll realize that there’s a bunch of weird, yellow puffy stuff in there, which provides all the padding. To give it a more finished look, we removed it using the same knife from before, and then glued the two pieces of leather together.
STEP 8: CLEAN UP THE EDGES
Once you’re done, erase any extraneous pencil marks and clean up around the edges.
STEP 9: WEAR ’EM
Photo: Joshua Covarrubias
…and try not to get made fun of. JK! You did a good job, and you look very cool and very summery. We promise. See? We even wore ours outside and survived. You can do it. Yayyy.