The story behind the painted tekkies.

As an artist, it has always been my desire to make money from my art.  I mean….which artist doesn’t want to be world famous and become a millionaire??

Last year, round about July, my then husband was, once again on at me about “contributing to the household”, as he had been doing for years.

The fact that I painted, assessed, was a mom, a granny and ran a tented camp was not enough.  He wanted me to bring home the big bucks! (Does that ever really happen?)

Nothing I ever tried or did before was good enough for him, so I have no idea why he was always on at me about “contributing”. Little did I know that he had someone else in the wings and was already in the throws of “prepping” me for the final discard.  Mmmmmmm…. A story for another time…

I digress….  So round about July, my amazing gentle cousin sent me a photo of a painted pair of tekkies, better known as sneakers to anyone outside of South Africa.

I looked at the picture and immediately thought, as most artists do – “I can do that!”.

I would paint myself a pair.  I went out and bought a white pair of tekkies for myself and got painting. After some trial and error, I was eventually happy with the finished result.

When I finished painting them I loved them so much that I posted them on my FB page to see what other people thought of them.

To my utter amazement I had an immediate inquiry from someone, to buy them there and then.  I was obviously delighted!

From that day I posted pics every time I painted a new pair, and every time they were sold.  (Thanks you Sharmaine).

During the time of the #enoughisenough movement is protest against women and children abuse, I did the #enoughisenough range, which sold out very quickly.  The best part of doing this painting is that the art is functional and I LOVE painting every single one of them. I can be as creative as I like.                                                                  Each shoe is completely different so there is little chance that I get bored, and you will NOT see someone else wearing “your” tekkies.

Thank you Shendy for giving me the idea and thanks to all those who have supported me and continued to buy my “Shelbsneakers”. I am incredibly grateful to have been given the talent and creativity to see the world “differently”, and thank the Lord that there is a way I can contribute to my household,  all be it that there is one less at home.

If you are interested in lessons, in buying a pair of tekkies, or stocking them in your shop, please contact me directly at or  give me a call  on  +27 82 841 7279.

4 thoughts on “The story behind the painted tekkies.

  1. They are so vibrant,love the designs and colours.I hope you will do so well with these amazing tekkies Shelby.Chin up girl, I hope there is a better future for you out there.Warmest of wishes, Marianne Egling.🏵️🌺

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