Introduction: Comic Book Shoes

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Here is a step by step guide on how to recycle some old shoes and comic books into something fantastic.

I have seen many variants of this project on the web, but thought I would share with you how I made mine.

I recently moved back to North America from Scotland, and as a parting gift to a good friend (who loves Iron Man and shoes) I made her these.

I hope you enjoy.

Step 1: Materials

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Not much is needed for this project.

You'll need the following:

A pair of old shoes (I used ones made from patent leather) but you'll want to make sure they have a smooth surface for a good glue adhesion .

Some old comics or other pictures/prints you want to use (I used the older style of comics as the paper was easier to work with)


Craft knife

Mod Podge Glue (I used the outdoor type so that the shoes would be sealed and be able to used outdoors)


Steel wool and tape

Step 2: Get Cutting

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You'll need to cut your comic(s) and separate them into two piles

One pile will have randomly cut sections with lots of color and vibrant images. These will be the base for your shoes.

The second pile will have more detailed cutouts that will be used to add at the end to make the shoes "pop"

Step 3: Start Gluing

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Start gluing the pieces around the shoes with the Mod Podge. You can tape around the edges/heel if you want a clean edge, however I found if you cut the pieces to fit, you do not need the tape.

Step 4: Add You Highlight Pieces

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Now add the accent pieces around the shoe (the sides and toe are great places for this) and trim any edges with your craft knife/scissors.

Add a couple coats of Mod Podge when finished (allow about 2 hours between coats for drying)

And that's it.

Step 5: Present to Your Friend

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Now let the recipient enjoy all your hard work.

This was my first attempt at a project like this, and I found it very easy and rewarding and the final product was fantastic.

I hope you have enjoyed this Instructable and please comment and share.



Vjohnnie (author)2017-04-02

I'm in love

IamLizzie (author)2017-01-07

Im making these for a friend. But using photos not comics. I have thinner paper i can print too but would you suggest laser or ink jet printing....? :p

T0BY (author)2016-12-06

These are great! If only I were a girl!

CraftyHarleyX (author)2014-10-17

Oh my goodness......I am so inspired to wear heels again JUST because of this instructable! They are so awesome. <3 I have an aversion to cutting up books and comic books though, do you think a high quality photocopy of some of my favorite pages would work as well or do you recommend using actual comic book paper?

there are some pages for sale on etsy, single pages so you wouldnt be ruining anything enjoy!

scooter76 (author)CraftyHarleyX2014-10-20

Glad I was able to "get you back in heels". You could use regular paper, but it may we to stiff especially around bends. I purposely used damaged comics as I feel the same way about cutting them up. News paper comics would work, but if you want a particular theme, that could cause a problem. I have not looked into buying similar paper to that used in comics, but I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the web or craft shop. Let me know what you use and how they turn out. Cheers.

ErinD58 (author)2016-09-01

Hello! I just made these but when I tried them on and walked around in them, the comics wrinkled and ripped where the foot flexes. Any suggestions?

djohnson90 made it! (author)2015-03-07

took a while, learning to use it sparingly the background layer, but all in all a great gift for my bff.

Reneenix (author)djohnson902016-08-23

Those are AWESOME! Question, how did you do the holes for the shoe laces?

djohnson90 (author)Reneenix2016-08-23

I used thin strips inbetween the eyelets (and cut half cirles out of them to fit). Then, i laid long strips the long way, also cutting half circles out of the strips.

scooter76 (author)djohnson902015-04-11


Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-02-04

These look amazing

jonus1 made it! (author)2015-10-12

It came out awesome. Did it as a birthday gift. The person loves certain marvel characters. Loaded loaded it up with his faverot ones.

animeguard (author)2015-06-10

nice idea to put on shoes, i never think about put comic book on shoes, awesome, thanks

ghudson1 made it! (author)2015-04-12

And plenty of glue left! Deffo doing this one again!!

cdstudioNH made it! (author)2015-03-16

Thanks so much for the info! It helped and inspired!!

scooter76 (author)cdstudioNH2015-04-11

Those look amazing, well done.

generalbipbip (author)2014-10-21

I just did this, so much fun and now I can say I have one if a kin pair of shoes! Thank you sooo much for sharing this idea! I didn't use comic for this pir , i used some manga but next pait I'll do iron man definitely

I Love the black and white manga!

scooter76 (author)generalbipbip2014-10-21

those look so cool. Thanks for the photo and info.

nara.cardonna (author)2014-12-06

I liked a lot . thank you. I'll do this in my shoes . I will send photo for you guys . sorry I do not speak very well English. kisses

StephanieS3 made it! (author)2014-12-03

I had so much fun making these! Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.

scooter76 (author)StephanieS32014-12-03

WOW, those turned out great. Glad you had a blast.

Gilly (author)2014-11-08

Wow what a brilliant idea! It's made me think beyond my own comic uses ideas. Thank you!

saraisfantastic (author)2014-10-15

These are awesome! How long did it take you to make them? I want to give it a try for Halloween but I'm not sure I have enough time!

Cutting the comics took the most time, I did it the day before while watching a movie. Making the shoes only took about 2 hours, but that will also depend on the type of shoe you used. I then let them sit for a day to fully dry, so to answer your question, you have lots of time to make these for Halloween. glad you enjoyed the Instructable, and good luck with your shoes.

The Good Old Days (author)2014-10-14

I will make this

Make sure to share a photo when finished? good luck and have fun.

coffinzombie (author)2014-08-17

Just got done!! These are for my girlfriend's birthday next week. Now the painful wait to give them to her! haha

scooter76 (author)coffinzombie2014-10-11

Great job. Did she like them?

coffinzombie (author)scooter762014-10-11

She was ecstatic! haha

gblome made it! (author)2014-08-11

Might look at doing her a matching purse

scooter76 (author)gblome2014-10-11

They turned out great. have you made the purse? would be a cool set. Great job

haryson made it! (author)2014-08-18

Great Instructable. I was able to combine my wife's three great loves. Wonder Woman, Women's Shoes, and ME. Also made the shoe box as an added touch.

scooter76 (author)haryson2014-10-11

Well done, hope she likes them

katvanlew made it! (author)2014-10-06

Thanks for the inspiration! These are so much fun to make!

scooter76 (author)katvanlew2014-10-11

Awesome, those look so cool

withlovenoellie (author)2014-09-08

Omg! Awesome!! I have some old heels I don't use but can't throw away bc they are still in pretty good condition. I'm definitely going to try it & upload my results on youtube :D. I hope they last a while bc when it rains around here it's terrible D:. Thanks though!!

wwasantha (author)2014-07-20


BrianJewett (author)wwasantha2014-08-11

Yes, The Mod Podge will soften in humid or damp environments. It will get cloudy and attract dirt. I've found that polyurethane makes a great top coat. It's durable, flexible and water resistant. Water based is probably best. Oil based is more durable but has a slight yellowish cast. This is fine for wood but probably not great for comics or anything with white or light colors. Shoes will get scuffed so several coats of poly over the Mod Podge would probably be a good idea.

scooter76 (author)wwasantha2014-07-21

Good idea. I used outdoor pod podge which is meant to also work as a sealant, but the wav would be great. I also used som light steel wool to help buff the shoes.

gblome (author)2014-08-11

Just completed a pair of Batman shoes for my daughter. But for some reason it won't let me upload photos. :(

American Ruin (author)2014-07-30

Nice! THIS is gonna be my next project!

strewinnard (author)2014-07-27

Really good. I hope to try this soon.

TrollFaceTheMan (author)2014-07-25


zoomum (author)2014-07-24

Neat. Great idea.

blackjackrobo (author)2014-07-23

cold this also work with DC shoes?

scooter76 (author)blackjackrobo2014-07-23

I have seen this done on canvas shoes before, but not sure how well they would hold up. The shoes I used in this project are pretty rigged and do not crease as much as lighter shoes. That ing said, there is only one was to find out....

RUSD (author)2014-07-22

That's Totally Wicked!!!!

scooter76 (author)RUSD2014-07-23


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