Step 1: Materials
One pair of shoes (I always go for a stiffer shoe so the material doesn't buckle when you're trying to paint it)
Two colors of paint (I used acrylic)
I also tend to buy my shoes on sale at Target, and if I spend more than $20 on a base shoe, I'm wasting my money. But that's because I'm cheap, and isn't necessary for the process.
Something that might help that I didn't do was to put primer down on the shoe to roughen up the surface. It would probably make painting such a slick surface easier.
Step 2: First Coat
Don't worry about how flat the paint is--that is fixed in the final coat. What's important with this coat is to make sure it's even and dry before you continue to the next step. I would suggest waiting a day before doing the next step.
Step 3: Tape on the Stripes
Rip the tape into strips that cover the width of the shoe. Make sure that they fit into the creases that were already a part of the shoe to lower the chance of bleed. Another important thing to remember is that zebra stripes are not just jagged horizontal stripes. There are diagonal stripes, and occasionally isolated tips of stripes.
While painting on the stripes, I looked up an image of a zebra for reference and kept going based off of that. Also, make sure you have tape that runs onto the non-painted area if possible. This will make it easier to peel off.
Step 4: Second Color of Paint
The paint coat was a bit streaky, but I decided to remove the tape after this point. You may decide you want a completely solid coat before removing the tape, but I figured I would have to do some touch ups after the tape was removed anyway and decided to leave it like that.
Step 5: Touch Up
I simply took a smaller brush and touched up the areas that were either completely stripped or bled over. This gave the lines a more clean appearance (as seen below).
I then used a spray finish coat/lacquer to finish everything off.
Step 6: Cut Shoelace Holes
I used a steak knife and simply rotated it inside the hole from the outside. Then I inserted the shoelaces from the inside. This kept the holes very clean.