DELZ...you may want to try giving the sides of the shoes a quick cleanup. I use ACRYLIC FLAT OR SEMI-GLOSS BLACK ENAMEL ON THESE!! THEN A NICE CLEAR FLAT SEALER ALL THE WAY AROUND. I should be able to post my 2nd CUSTOM sneaker I have done by SATURDAY on your FACEBOOK page. The 2004 SEAN CARTER 'SNEAKERS', 'COPPER PATINA'. I'll have a camera available by then!! Love all your reviews and BLOG posts etc.!! Keep up the awesome work!! But, remember, WORK is a 4- LETTER WORD!! LOL!! Larry,Naples,FL.