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How to Draw Shoes
  • By Christine Hattingh
  • 11 Feb 2023
  • 9 Mins
  • Intermediate
  • Drawing Tutorials

How to Draw Shoes

Step out in style with this step-by-step drawing guide on how to draw shoes

Get ready to step up your drawing skills with this beginner-friendly tutorial on how to draw shoes! Today, we will show you how to draw a stylish sneaker in four simple steps. Use your shoe illustration to create various projects and crafts, from fashion clipart and boho wall art to stickers and sublimation designs for t-shirts and tumblers.

How to draw shoes end result

To begin this clothing drawing guide, get all the necessary supplies you want to work with. You can use any available medium to make rough sketches, define outlines, apply color, and decorate. We will use Procreate, and these Procreate texture brushes to create our easy shoe drawing.

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Step 1 - Create a Shoe Guide

The first step in drawing a shoe is to start with guides. These guides will help you get a sense of the overall shape and proportion of the shoes. To create your shoe guides, use a pencil or light-colored medium.

Draw a simple rectangle with a line vertically and horizontally through the middle. Change the type of shoe you draw by adjusting the height of your rectangle. For example, creating high heels would have a square guide, and a sneaker drawing would look like our guide sketch below.

Make a shoe guide box

Next, draw a circle for the shoe opening in the top right corner.

Draw a circle guide for the shoe opening

Step 2 - Add Shape to your Shoes

Once you have your guides sketched, let’s start adding shape to your shoe. Keep using the same sketching medium as your guide so that you can easily make changes, erase or cover it up later in this tutorial.

Create the Outer Shape

Using our sneaker example image below to help guide you, begin adding curves and lines to shape the outer form of your show. Starting at the top, draw a long curved line from the circle toward the horizontal guideline (shown in red).

Define the sides by drawing a straight line from the back of the circle to the bottom. And a short curve from the center horizontal line to roughly the middle of the bottom left section.

Lastly, sketch the slight upward curve on the bottom of the shoe front by drawing a curve as we did in our green example sketch.

Shape the outside of your shoe

Create the Inner Shapes

Next, draw the shape of the shoe tongue at the top curve, from roughly the center of the top left section to the circle. Along the bottom edge, draw a long line to shape the shoe sole.

Drawing shoes - create the inner shapes

Define the shoe opening, shown in red, inside the circle as we did below. Then following the curves of the circle guide, draw a short curve on the left and five small circles inside the shoe tongue for the lace holes (blue lines).

shape the shoe opening and add lace holes

Add the Shoelaces

At each shoelace hole, draw angled lines towards the top shape of your shoe and smaller shapes between to create the shoelace on your sneaker clipart.

Draw the laces of your shoe

Lastly, sketch the shoelace loops close to the circle as we did in our example image below. Feel free to add any additional elements to your shoe sketch that aren’t part of a design or pattern decoration.

Sketch the loops of your shoelace

Step 3 - Outline your Shoe Sketches

Your shoe has been shaped and is ready to darken your rough sketches to make a defined shoe outline. For your line drawing, use a permanent or black medium such as a Procreate monoline brush, pen, or black color medium.

Carefully trace the lines of your sketches, paying attention to overlapping drawings. To get a clean sneaker outline, trace the shoelace loops and laces first.

Define the shoelaces on your shoes

Then move on to defining the outer sketch lines of your sneaker shape.

Outline the outer shape of your shoe

Lastly, outline the inner lines around the tongue, opening, and sole edge. If you added extra details, define them and then erase your remaining sketches.

Outline the shoe inner lines

Step 4 - Decorate your Shoe Illustration

In our final step, it’s time to get creative and decorate your shoe clipart with color, shading, and elements. You can use any coloring medium and color palette you want. Start by adding a base color to your drawing in different color shades to create contrast.

Add color to your shoe illustration

Then add texture and shading to your sneaker illustration to create depth. Create unique artwork by mixing different styles, such as adding line work and one of these four methods to blend color in Procreate.

Shoe drawing - add depth with shading and texture

Combine your artwork with other elements to create themed illustrations like stamp brushes, retro clipart, or quotes using a cute handwriting font.

Decorate your shoe with ele

Thank you for following along and learning how to sketch, outline and decorate shoes with us. Why not use your newly created illustration and decorate the opening with this boho watercolor clipart to make unique wall art?

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