There are two primary routes that can be used to make custom Jordan sneakers: the shoes can be customized by hand or can be ordered with custom details through Nike's iD feature, which allows customers to add personalized details and make certain design choices for their shoes. In order to hand-customize Nike Jordans, the customizer will first need to purchase a simple pair of Jordans that do not already have a lot of decoration that will be difficult to cover up. Then, the sneakers can be customized using paint that is designed for use on leather, such as an acrylic leather paint.
Individuals who aren't particularly crafty and don't have much time on their hands may want to stick with the NIKEiD feature in order to customize their Jordans. This online system allows shoppers to choose certain details for their shoes and add personalization such as embroidered initials or other identifiers. For truly customized Jordans, however, some time and craftiness is needed in order to carry out the customization project. Those people who choose to paint a plain pair of Jordans will want to assemble materials, such as masking tape, paintbrushes, gloves, acetone to clean the shoes prior to painting and a hair dryer to help set and dry the paint.