I used chucks for a couple reasons:
- I was also taking some inspiration from the Rick Ramones (which is pretty funny when you think about it)
- I had a pair that I didn't wear sitting around being useless
If you're going to go and buy shoes to do this to, why not just get something without a toe cap - unless you're totally set on converse. Vans makes some highs with no toe cap and that don't lace as far down and I'm sure you could find others too.
The other thing is that the converse are still the shape of converse after being painted. I've never handled the Augustas, but they look to me in pictures like they're bigger and more substantial. Sk8-his might even be a good candidate.
Just some things to consider.
The fold and soak sounds good, but I don't know how much it would do compared to just folding them. Can't hurt I suppose.
Anyway, I used Folkart brand paint and gloss from Wal-mart.
E: Feel free to send me the ~$800 discrepancy