When I worked from home and had all the time in the world, I often spent a good chunk of my days crafting. I haven’t had the free time to do that in a while so I was super excited when the Parisian sneakers brand, Bensimon, invited me to their DIY crafternoon party at Common Thread Rockwell!
I love Bensimons. They’re quietly and understatedly stylish and very comfortable. I’ve already worn out my first pair! They also make the perfect canvas for customizing.
The things you can do to your Bennies:
How would you customize your Bensimon sneakers? If a pair didn’t cost PHP2000+, I’d get another one to cross stitch. I mean, I’m okay with customizing a cheapo pair of, say, Advans. But Bennies? I’d rather leave them alone!
My beige Bennies. I wanted a white pair but they didn’t have it in my size (7).
So I painted that sucker white. I was only supposed to paint the front part but I got a bit of blue textile paint on it which was kind of an eyesore.
Originally, I was going to doodle this kitty face but I was seated beside Aryanna Epperson and spied that she was doing the same. So I sat there for a while, racking my brain for ideas as I let the paint dry. Cat faces are hard to mess up and I didn’t want to ruin my Bennies attempting something I didn’t prepare for!
What to do, what to do…
I know pineapple prints are all the rage these days but who wants to be ~trendy~? Certainly not this girl!
And watermelon triangles are easier to paint than pineapples anyway.
I’m no artist but I’ve gotten some compliments on my DIY Bensimons!
Currently, Common Thread has a Bensimon Customization Bar but you can only choose shoelaces and dress them up with Pininho charms. If you want to customize your own Bennies, just get a pair and do it at home!
Get your Bennies at Common Thread (Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant), Rustans (Gateway, ATC, Makati, Shangrila), Center of Gravity (Burgos Circle and Centris Walk), and Shoe Thing (kid styles only: Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall, and Greenbelt 5).