Introduction: Dyeing Converse Sneakers Using Venus Dye

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I bought a pair of high cut pair from a Converse Sale near where I live. I was never a fan of white, so the next step is to change its color in a way that seems natural: Dyeing seems the next legit step.

Initially, I wanted a patterned pair of shoes, so I was considering tie-dyeing it. But I couldn't find any string, or rubber bands for pattern making, so I settled on making it a plain color instead (if I can get a hands on another pair, I would tie-dye it).

The process was inspired by this: http://lynnandtonicblog.com/2010/03/05/how-to-dye-... It used a different dye than mine though, and this set of instructions took her at least 20 minutes.

This process takes at least 30 minutes, not considering the drying time. All in all, you can finish dyeing it within the day.

Materials:

A pair of white Converse Chucks: Get the canvass ones. Dyes work better in fabric.

Venus Dye: Very cheap. I bought it for 5Php ($0.11 in USD conversion). I bought two.

Salt

A big, big pot for the shoes to fit in

Stove

Stirrer (can be as ordinary as a piece of stick)

A place to hang the shoes dry.

Iron and ironing board

Prepare your shoes:

Prior to this, I have to clean the shoes first because they're looking a bit dusty. You can skip this step if you are content with how your shoes look right now.

Remove the shoelaces.

Note: I used the instructions at the pack of the dye packet. You can follow the instructions of the dye you bought.

Step 1: Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

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First, wet your shoes.

Then fill the pot with water enough to submerge the subjects in.

Boil the water until it simmers.

Meanwhile, put your dye in a separate small container and add hot water to dissolve it. Set it aside.

Step 2: Step 2: Cook Your Shoes.

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Yep. We'll need to cook your shoes. Don't worry. The hard plastic can take it.

Once the water started to simmer, pour in your dye. Mix it a bit before putting your shoes, sole up. Tip though, when you put your shoes in, make sure to pull out the flaps on the shoes so that it will get maximum exposure to the dye. One of the flaps of the shoes was a bit lighter in color than the other one, probably because that flap got pinned down in the dyeing process or something. In any case, expose the areas you want it dyed.

Let it soak for ten minutes, mixing as you do.

I used a ladle for this (because I couldn't find a stick), and keep on prodding the shoes to sink underwater.

Step 3: Step 2: Adding Salt and Cooking It Further

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After ten minutes, add in salt. The packet says add a tablespoon of salt on every gallon of water used. I kinda just did an estimate (I think I put in two tablespoons' worth of salt in there). Cook it for twenty minutes with occasional stirring, prodding, and laughing like the witches of old (I kinda did that hahaha).

Step 4: Step 4: Rinsing and Drying

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After twenty minutes, turn off your stove, and carefully drain the dye bath into the sink. Rinse the shoes until the water runs clear.

The packet said that I should squish it and force dry it to become moist before ironing it out, but instead, I let it dry outside, and just came back when it's not dripping.

Step 5: Step 5: Iron Your Shoes

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Sorry for the quality of the picture. This step was done at night, and my lighting was dark than I thought it will be.

When the shoes are wet enought, I ironed it. I pulled the flap out and ironed that first using the tip of the iron...you know, the small, pointy bit that can go into small places? I also leaned a shoe on the side, and ironed it on the edges. I think I was able to iron most of them.

Since it's a bit wet, the iron sizzles on contact. It's normal, just as long as you don't put the iron on the same spot for too long.

Then, I leave it to dry for the final time.

Step 6: Step 7: and You're Done!

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Put back the laces and see how it looks! For my now-blue shoes, I think I need to change the laces to black.

You can use this to re-color your fading Chucks, and works only for plain colors.

Next, I would try to tie-dye shoes. I think that's an interesting project, don't you think?

Thanks!

Comments

Erëka CovetR (author)2017-06-25

Pwede din ba to sa suede?? Yung nike shoes ko kasi sobrang fade na ng kulay.

ushuaia (author)Erëka CovetR2017-06-25

I'd not recommend using this other than cotton fabrics or canvas.

maryblood (author)2017-04-03

Ung nakita ko pong isang instruction, need daw 1 tablespoon ng detergent powder. Tapos kasabay daw ilalagay with the salt.

Tapos binanlawan muna nya ng warm water, bago cold.

Tapos di nya plinantsa.

I wonder what will be the difference kung hindi ginawa ung tatlong ito?

ushuaia (author)maryblood2017-04-03

I just followed the instructions sa dye packet. Baka yun yung nakalagay kasi dun sa dye na ginamit nila. Pero as far as I know, Venus dye lang yung ginamit ko for the shoes, and so far okay naman yung walang warm water and detergent steps.

Make sure na basahin niyo yung instructions of any dye you're going to use before proceeding.

KobeB4 (author)2016-12-28

Saan po mabibili ang Venus Dye?

ushuaia (author)KobeB42017-01-01

Sa National Bookstore po. P5 lang ang bili ko sa kanya.

Hi.

Sang branch ng national ka po naka bili. Tnx. ?

ushuaia (author)2015-12-18

I look forward on posting your pictures of your shoes.

ChadVanDoren made it! (author)ushuaia2015-12-19

before (Left) after (Right)

some parts are still wet. Its still raining here

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2017-01-19

That looks nice!

ChampyVill (author)2017-01-12

Hello ushuaia! Wondering if this would work even if the dye isnt washed off and the fabric isnt ironed.
You see, im planning to do this on the white stitches of a new Vans Sk8 hi, using a fine paintbrush. Yung maliliit lang na white stitches nya. I think it honestly looks better being black like the one pictured.
Maybe a small toothbrush and a blow dryer will suffice if kailangan talaga i-iron? Or could i just leave it on? Thank you heaps for your reply!

ushuaia (author)ChampyVill2017-01-12

You can use instead black acrylic paint on the stitches. Dab or use brush on the areas you would like to be colored and let it dry :)

Kevin JohnC1 (author)ushuaia2017-01-19

Maam ok lang po ba kung di fabric cotton yung shoes?

EdselB (author)2016-09-18

ano pangalan nung dye na ginamit? salamat :)

Banannikka (author)2016-08-05

Hey,

My favourite black dance ox ballet flats are basically dead. I have the exact same pair in light grey, and I want to dye them black. Only problem is the shoelaces aren't removable and I want to keep those white. Do you think if I cover them in clear nail polish it will prevent the laces from dyeing? Or is there no other solution?

Thank you!

ushuaia (author)Banannikka2016-08-10

I haven't tried that actually. You can test it with a spare material you have (if you have any).

I saw some comments when I looked in Google before (in regards to masking out areas like the white soles), I don't know if duct tape would work... haha.

Please let me know how it goes.

RoderickC4 (author)2016-05-03

Hindi po ba, na ddye yung side part nang rubber?

ushuaia (author)RoderickC42016-05-03

Hindi naman. Yung sakin hindi eh, pero kung medyo kinakabahan ka, pwede mong lagyan ng tape ang area na yun (siguro duct tape, yung silver, yung heavy duty na makikita sa Ace Hardware, etc.).

JebB5 (author)2016-02-26

Sana may actual video ka nito po sa youtube ndi ko maintindihan basta steps lng e dami ko tanong sa isipan ko hehe thanks

ushuaia (author)JebB52016-02-26

Pasensya na wala po akong video. Hirap magluto ng sapatos pag may video eh haha. If you have any questions on any steps, pwede niyo po akong i-PM.

Charles DietherC (author)2016-02-22

Ano pong ginamit nyong color ng venus dye? Thanks po

ushuaia (author)Charles DietherC2016-02-22

The color's dark blue, but it wasn't dark enough. Either I have to cook it more or get a different colored dye :)

ZtapS (author)2016-01-07

MAM ASK LNG PO AKO PANO PO KNG SA SNAPBACKS(CAP) NMAN YUNG E DYE MO PATURO NMAN PO SANA MKA REPLY KAYO SAKIN TY !!!

ushuaia (author)ZtapS2016-01-08

Hindi ko pa po natatry ang Snapback eh, so di ko po marerecommend. Kung tela naman po yan, baka pwede, pero kung colored na siya from the start, baka kelangan niyong ibleach muna. Pero pag ginawa niyo po yun, baka masira naman po yung material.

lancexxi_ (author)2016-01-02

Ate gagana din ba yan sa Vans? Hahahaha. Tapos nagkakulay din ba yung loob nung sapatos? Yung soles niya. Thanks. :D

ushuaia (author)lancexxi_2016-01-03

Hindi ko pa po natatry sa Vans eh. Kung tela naman yung material, pwede, kasi ung dye pangtela naman talaga. May gumawa na nagdye na may color na originally ung tela. Pag may ganon, baka kelangang ibleach kasi baka di kakapit yung bagong kulay.

Para sa soles, yung sa Converse di naman kumapit. Kung di ka sigurado, patungan mo ng duct tape :)

ChadVanDoren (author)2015-12-17

I looked up other videos for shoe dyeing, colored shoes are recommended to be bleached first for best results

btw the soles darkened too. others recommend putting duct tape on the soles before dyeing

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2015-12-18

I was thinking duct tape as well, but Im not sure how that would go unless tried it. So happy to know it works. I wonder if it would also work if you put duct tape on logos and areas on canvas that you don't want dyed?

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2015-12-17

Ouch, that sucks. Sorry to hear that. Mine didn't die. Would a regular tape unstick if dipped in water? I would love to hear your results.

ChadVanDoren (author)ushuaia2015-12-17

I washed my shoes after dyeing. the soles are white again.

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2015-12-17

Hmm. That makes sense since the new color would pop if the base color is lighter.

ChadVanDoren (author)ushuaia2015-12-17

it didn't turn out black but still it looks so badass. I post the pics when its dry

ChadVanDoren (author)2015-12-16

btw i used 2 packs of venus dye

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2015-12-16

How was it?

ChadVanDoren (author)ushuaia2015-12-17

it turned out maroon. I'll try and dye it again.

ChadVanDoren (author)2015-12-16

If I dyed my red shoes without bleaching, will it turn out black or maroon?

ushuaia (author)ChadVanDoren2015-12-16

I'm not sure. I haven't tried bleaching it. I just cleaned and scrubbed that pair with laundry detergent that's why it looked so white haha~

deeone817 (author)2015-10-27

I dyed some chucks using rit dye & it dyed the sole any idea on how to get it back white

Pia AngelicaS (author)deeone8172015-11-09

Hi @deeone817 , i just want to ask where did you buy your Rit fabric dye? And where else can I buy Venus Jobos? Thanks! :)

ushuaia (author)Pia AngelicaS2015-11-10

Venus dye is easily accessible in any arts and crafts store or office supply store in the Philippines. Basically, Venus dye is a go-to dye here in the Phils. If you have a go-to dye equivalent, it would also work. After all, Converse Chucks are mostly made of cloth.

ushuaia (author)deeone8172015-11-10

Sorry for the late reply. I'm not familiar with rit dye. Is it the same as the dye I used? You can search some methods in the Internet. I found this link. I hope it helps.

Please let me know if you have found a method on cleaning dye from the plastic soles. Thanks!

http://solecollector.com/forums/Restoration-Cleani...

grannyjones (author)2015-04-06

How did you keep the logo and soles from coloring?

ushuaia (author)grannyjones2015-04-06

The dye only works on fabrics. It doesnt work on plastics or metals in the shoes, thats why I can submerge the whole shoe without worrying :)

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