Introduction: Painting Shoes

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This is a pair of shoes that I painted as a Christmas present for a friend of mine. I decided to do a guide on how to do it efficiently.

Step 1: Materials

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For this project, you're going to need acrylic paints and/or acrylic paint pens, a pair of shoes (you can get knock-off converse from wal mart for around 12 bucks), and some spray-on sealer. I use Wilson's Leather and Suede Protector. 

Step 2:

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First, spray every part of your shoes with your sealer. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Without it, the paint will just seep into the holes in your shoes and the color will be very dull.

Step 3:

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I always find it helpful to make a quick outline of what I'm about to do with a white paint pen before I start painting. But it's up to you. If you feel really comfortable with your painting ability, you can go ahead and wing it. 

When you paint, be sure to do more than one coat, otherwise the paint will dry too darkly.

Step 4:

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Once you're happy with your painting, spray the shoes again with your sealer to keep it from getting washed out by water.

Step 5: Aaaannndddd... You're Done!

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Let your shoes dry, lace them back up, and strut your stuff.


livewire1943 (author)2015-04-10

You can buy wonderful shoe paint inexpensively at Dharma Trading Co. Works on leather, doesn't fade of crack, great color selection.

matt.southard.14 (author)2014-11-21

Are the shoes you're working on here canvas??

sumbowos (author)2014-09-10

that is awesome, I also like to paint on shoes

you can see all the shoes painting I ever made in my blog

thanks for sharing ;)

sherrynsavga (author)2014-04-05

Better late than never! You are the only one that I have found that shared the sealer step. I knew there had to be sometime before painting/drawing. THANK YOU!

parrster (author)2011-12-21

I was wondering what the best way to do this was, and you answered my question. Thanks for sharing.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-12-19

That is so awesome! What a cute design! Thanks for sharing how to do this!

sunshiine (author)2011-12-19

Nice art work! Thanks for sharing your hard work! Welcome to Instructables! Have a splendorous day!

scoochmaroo (author)2011-12-18


These are awesome, and would make great gifts too!

hejhog101 (author)scoochmaroo2011-12-18

thank you :)

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