These are the step by step directions for how you can get your own pair of super sparkle boots.
What You'll Need:
1 Pair of Desert Boots* (I purchased mine from Target)
1 pot of primer (I use Martha Stewart brand, but only because I had it left over from a previous project)
1 pot of sparkle paint, silver (again, Martha Stewart left over from a previous project)
1 large container of red glitter (or whatever color you use)
1 can of clear coat lacquer
What I also used:
1 small container of iridescent glitter
1 can of Krylon Glitter Blast Ruby Red Spray Paint
These last two things are simply useful--I liked being able to fill in the more flexible areas with a sparkly layer of spray paint, or to get those areas where the glitter simply wouldn't stay. I did have issues with my first can, but Krylon sent me a replacement can as soon as I asked, and I didn't have a problem the second time around. The iridescent sparkles was to make the glitter a little more dynamic--I considered originally going for an ombre effect but instead just mixed the two types of glitter for a more varied sparkle.
*Theoretically this instructable should work on any pair of shoes that is a bit stiff--I think the amount of glitter might not work as well for cloth like materials.
Step 1: Base Coat
First step is putting down a coat of the primer. I wasn't sure the suede could hold onto the sparkles, but the primer really helped create a good texture for the following coats.
While the paint was still wet, I laid a coat of red glitter.
I did a second coat, again with the red glitter (also a light dusting of incandescent), while using the silver glitter paint as a base. Because of the base coat of red glitter, I had to apply a liberal amount of the silver glitter paint.
I found during this project that you can never be too liberal with the glitter. I used a few paper towels to collect the remnants and honestly it made it so I didn't have a huge clean up afterwards.
Right now, after a single wear, they need a bit of a touch up along the bend. As a shoe for uncommon events, this is not entirely detrimental, but it creates a crease in the middle of the shoe where the foot bends for steps. I would definitely not suggest this treatment for a commonly worn shoe.
I also kept the brown laces which came with the shoes, because I happened to like the way they looked with the red, but have considered switching to black laces.