Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Easy shoe DIY


I have had this idea floating in my head for what feels like years. I wanted HOT PINK soles on my shoes. Before I went out and bought anything though (well that and I don't have a car) I figured I would practice. Saturday night I decided to do a test run. I took a pair of shoes I don't wear too often (pinchy mcpinchy pants) but also a pair that I thought would lend itself to colored soles. (They have plastic up the inside of the heel as well as on the sole of the foot.
I just used a pink I already and had and set out to paint.
First I taped up the shoes so as not to get paint on the leather.
The results.

I forgot to take a before or process picture. (Heck I am lucky I got an after. I tend to make things and forget to document them as much as I'd like)
I liked the look. I will go buy some nice hot pink and some clear varnish to seal them a bit. Now I know this will scuff off but for the most part the back that people see when I walk should stay pretty well since it doesn't touch the ground. I have red soled shoes that is what happened to them. The ball and heel tip wore down but the rest has stayed pretty well.

12 comments:

mamichan said...

i love this idea!!

rottencupcakes said...

Fantastic idea! I might need to try this!

Sal said...

LOVE!

Suz said...

Good idea! Looks really cool. I think I have those shoes - are they t-straps?

Lemondrop Marie said...

REALLY cool idea! Love it! What kind of paint did you use, something crafty or more hardcore home store paint? I think the lacquer idea is a good one, you will have that cute pink for a while!

anna said...

Genius. For realz. Layer on some Purell, get thee to a thrift store, and stock yer etsy with this! You'll be rich!

BAM said...

That's a GREAT idea. I hadn't thought of that. I was wondering same thing as Lemondrop, what kind of paint?

hillary said...

Thanks everyone. I used a thick acrylic. Its from a paintstore. I plan to use those cheap ones from michaels or whatever for future ones. I try to only use non-toxic things with such a small apt and pets. For shellac dave is thinking a spray varnish he has. I can let you know how these wear with the acrylic. I used acrylic too because its easy to remove if you mess up!

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Kelly said...

This is awesome!! I will definitely have to try

Becky said...

Oh! I want to do this in red! Thanks so much for the idea. :)

hillary said...

I bought more paint to do some more! Post pics if you do I want to see them!! Thanks for the nice comments!

Kimberly said...

I just posted my versions! Love this idea and thanks again, Hillary!