Shoes are something that we’re all familiar with. Each one of us is likely to wear shoes of some kind at some point in the week, and many people wear them every day.
If you were to sit down and challenge yourself to see if you know how to draw a shoe, would you be able to do it from memory? Even though you see shoes all the time, it may be harder than you think.
While it may be tricky, it can be made so much easier when you know what to do! That’s exactly what we’re aiming to cover in this guide.
By the end of these six steps, you will be able to create your very own show drawing. Not only that, but you will also be able to customize it and add some of your own ideas and details.
All of this will be covered, so you will have everything you need to create your own foot fashion items! So let’s dive in and try on this guide for size as we learn how to draw a cool and flashy shoe.
How to Draw A Shoe – Let’s Get Started!
The shoe that we will be drawing in this guide is a fairly standard shoe, but this means that you will be able to customize it and change it as you wish.
It will be a good basis for you to try out your own ideas, so let’s get the hang of this standard design and see what we can do with it. First, let’s begin with a pencil outline for the shoe.
You will notice that we didn’t draw this pencil outline in our example image, but it’s something we would suggest as an optional first step.
You can use the later reference images to help you as you draw this planning shape. It doesn’t have to be exact, but it should at least more or less match the shape of the final shoe that we’re working towards.
Whether you decide to draw this pencil planning shape or not, we can start drawing the actual outline of the shoe. For now, we will keep it simple and draw one small portion of the shoe.
Specifically, we will be drawing the opening of the shoe that your foot would go into. This line will look a bit like a capital letter M that has been stretched out a lot.
The two outer peaks of this line will be a bit rounded, but the dip at the center will be more rounded.
Once you have this first outline, you will be ready to draw some more of the outlines, so let’s head to step 2.
Step 2: Draw the back of the shoe
Now that we have the opening of this shoe, we can start drawing the back portion. This may seem simple, but there are some small curves and details that we need to add.
This is because we will add some extra details in later steps that will interact with these lines and details.
Small details like these make all the difference, so try your best to replicate them as they appear in our reference image!
With that out of the way, let’s draw this next portion of the shoe. We will extend this section down from the opening that you drew in the previous step.
You can start by extending the line down from the left down in a mostly straight vertical line. There will be a very slight curve to it, but it should be barely noticeable.
Then, you can draw a very small, slightly curved bump right before the base of the shoe. This will connect directly to the base of the shoe.
Speaking of this base, we will draw the first portion of that now as well. The base will be rather thick, and it has a squared shape to it.
Extend a vertical line down, and then move it suddenly to the right. This line will extend until it ends beneath the dip that we drew at the top of the shoe’s opening.
Then, to finish off this step we will draw a line rising slightly and extending to the right for a short distance. And then, we will be finished with step 2, and now we can move to step 3.
Step 3: Add the front of the shoe
In this third step of our guide on how to draw a shoe, we will be adding most of the rest of the outline of the shoe. As you can see in the reference image, we will leave a space near the front of the shoe.
That’s where the laces section will go later, but that will come later on in the guide. First, we will draw the rest of the base of the shoe.
This will extend from where we left off earlier on, and it will keep following the curve of that line. It may seem like a simple curved line, but it can be more difficult than you think to get it right.
If you make the curve too sharp, then you may make the shoe’s shape look a bit off.
That’s why drawing the general shape out with your pencil first can be so helpful, as it can prevent the shape from looking off.
Simply extend this line out to the right in a smooth, gradual curve. When you get to the front of the shoe, we will then curl it upwards.
This upward curve will be short before it starts curving more sharply to the left and up. That’s when you will stop, leaving a mid-sized gap where the laces will go.
Now that we have added this portion, you will see the shoe starting to take shape nicely! In the next two steps we will finish off the final details and portions of the shoe to get us ready for the final step.
So without further delay, let’s head to step 4.
Step 4: Now draw the laces to finish off the outline
In this fourth step, we will finally finish off the outline of this shoe drawing. This may seem like an easy thing to do, but this step will be one of the trickiest parts of this design.
That’s because we will be drawing the laces crossing over one another, as shown in the reference image. This may look intimidating, as it’s rather fiddly, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.
To prepare for this step, we would suggest taking out that pencil we recommended earlier and using it to draw the round holes where the laces will be emerging from.
Or rather, draw some rough circles that will show you where these will go. This will help you as you draw the laces themselves, as they will give you a point of reference.
Then, look at the reference image carefully and start drawing some curved lines for each one. You can then draw some curved lines between them to show the laces that are beneath them.
Once you have the laces drawn, you can then draw the holes properly and add the metal rims.
Finally, there is a small line that needs to be drawn down from the center of the opening that you drew earlier.
When all of these lines have been drawn, you can finish off by erasing any of the pencil lines that you used to plan out the drawing, as they won’t be needed.
Then, we can move on to step 5 where we will add some final details, and you will also be able to add some of your own ideas and details.
Step 5: Draw the final details and any extra touches
Now, we have the basic structure of the shoe done, and all that remains is to add the final details and touches.
You will also be able to add some of your own ideas at the end of this step, but first let’s finish off the details in the guide.
First, we can draw the sections at the base of the back of the shoe with some small rectangular shapes. Then, we will draw the base at the front of the shoe.
As you see in our reference image, this will be wider on the left-hand side and it will get much narrower near the front of the shoe.
We will also draw a small section inside this front section of the base.
Finally, we will finish off by adding various curved lines on the fabric of the shoe. These will be there to show the patches that this shoe is made from.
Once these have been drawn, you can then add some small dots to show the stitching. Then, you can draw your own extra ideas and details.
These could be used to make this shoe look more like a favorite shoe of your own. This could be some weathering details or maybe a logo or badge that you have on your favorite shoes.
You could also draw a second shoe to go with this one or add another piece of clothing that you would wear with this shoe. What else would you like to add to the image?
Step 6: Now, finish off with some color for the shoe
Shoes can come in many different colors and styles, so there are infinite options open to you when coloring this drawing.
In our reference image, you will see one of many ways that you could color this shoe.
We used a blue and white color scheme to give this shoe a nice classic look. You could replicate this color scheme if you like it, but don’t be shy about using any other colors you may prefer.
You could go for warm reds or maybe some light yellow for a sunnier look. These are just a few ideas, but you should certainly use any colors that you want.
When adding these colors, you can also think about the art tools and mediums that you choose to bring these colors to life. For softer colors, you could use watercolors or colored pencils.
If you like colors that are brighter and more intense, then you could use some colored pens, markers or maybe some acrylic paint for colors that pop.
These are just a few of the art mediums you could try out, and you can also mix different mediums to bring out the colors in interesting ways.
Now it’s up to you! How will you finish off this drawing of a shoe with your own color choices? We can’t wait to see how you choose to color in this awesome artwork.
Your Shoe Drawing is Complete!
That brings us to the end of this guide on how to draw a shoe! As you have seen, drawing a shoe is easier said than done even though it’s such a familiar object to us.
There are all sorts of small details that need to be right if the shoe is to look realistic, and now you have seen how these can be depicted.
Now that you have the hang of it, you can create your own shoe designs.
You could even take what you’ve learned in this guide and use the steps to create new shoe variations and styles. There are so many ways that you can get really creative with it!
We would love to see how this drawing and any variations turn out. You can show off your picture by sharing it on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.
It will be great to see all the design choices and changes you chose to use to make this even more unique!