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How to design your OWN Converse sneakers

How to design your OWN Converse sneakers: New ‘lab’ transforms your old shoes into VERY modern new statement pieces

  • Renew Labs Fitzroy is a design studio that allows people to customise Converse
  • The Lab encourages people to bring their shoes in for a clean, repair or upgrade
  • The studio also runs workshops with industry natives to create unique designs
  • Renew Labs also uses old sneakers to create gym mats, floors and playgrounds


A Melbourne-based design studio has opened it’s doors to Australians who wish to create customisable Converse in an environmentally conscious manner.

Renew Labs Fitzroy encourages people to take their old sneakers in for a clean, repair, upgrade or complete customisation, rather than binning them.

Your favourite pair of chucks can be completely up cycled in a Renew Lab workshop where one can add patches, eco-friendly dye and embroidery. 

A new Melbourne-based design studio has opened it’s doors and allows people to create customisable Converse in an environmentally conscious manner, Renew Labs Fitzroy encourages people to take their old sneakers in for a clean, repair, upgrade or complete customisation, rather than binning them

The creative workshops are led by industry natives, such as designers and members of fashion labels to teach design with a difference.

The first workshop was run by Tamara Leacock from Remuse designs, who taught participants how to dye a pair of Chucks using natural indigo pigment.

Designer Tamara, who often ‘works with plant based, low impact dyes’ believes that the Melbourne design studio is forward thinking about fashion and the environment. 

The Lab also runs creative workshops that are led by industry natives, such as creatives and members of fashion labels to teach design with a difference, The first workshop was run by Tamara Leacock from Remuse designs , who taught participants how to dye a pair of Chucks using natural indigo pigment

 The Lab also runs creative workshops that are led by industry natives, such as creatives and members of fashion labels to teach design with a difference, The first workshop was run by Tamara Leacock from Remuse designs , who taught participants how to dye a pair of Chucks using natural indigo pigment

‘Converse have been a fashion essential so Renew Labs is truly leading the way in pushing the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future,’ she told News.com.

The studio is passionate about creating a waste-free future as the fashion industry is indeed responsible for 10 percent of human carbon emissions.

The Renew Labs team are dedicated when it comes to reviving your favourite pair of Converse while creating a unique shoe that goes toward a good act.

Your favourite pair of chucks can be completely up cycled in a Renew Lab workshop where one can add patches, dye and embroidery, the team is dedicated to revive and refresh your favourite pair of Converse while creating a unique shoe that goes toward a good act

Your favourite pair of chucks can be completely up cycled in a Renew Lab workshop where one can add patches, dye and embroidery, the team is dedicated to revive and refresh your favourite pair of Converse while creating a unique shoe that goes toward a good act

The studio is passionate about creating a waste-free future as the fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of human carbon emissions, thus can revamp, recycle and reuse your sneakers to create products like gym mats, flooring and playgrounds

The studio is passionate about creating a waste-free future as the fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of human carbon emissions, thus can revamp, recycle and reuse your sneakers to create products like gym mats, flooring and playgrounds

Although, not all shoes last forever the Lab encourages people to bring in their Converse to have them sustainably disposed of with TreadLightly. 

Together the partnership collects unwanted sneakers and uses the rubber, leather and fibres of shoe to create gym mats, flooring and playgrounds.

When in Melbourne next, take yourself and your beloved pair of Chucks to Renew Labs Fitzroy for a creative and purposeful experience like no other.   

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