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Sparkly Desert Boots (Chukka)

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My boyfriend loves a good amount of sparkle, and he also has a great pair of desert style boots. For New Years Eve this year, we decided to go a little bit different and made him a special event shoe--a pair of desert boots covered in the herpes of the craft world---Glitter. 

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. 
 
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Step 1: Base Coat

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These are the boots I purchased to work with. I was hoping for a grey, but they only had brown in his size. 

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. 
PuzzleJenn10 months ago
How much glitter do you lose when wearing these? I'd LOVE to make a pair, but I don't want to leave glitter everywhere I go....especially since one of the places I'm "going" is Burning Man, and I want to be a part of "leave no trace"...
reasonwasoutforlunch (author)  PuzzleJenn10 months ago
The glitter does come off a bit over extended wear. One successful thing I've found in later iterations is to use the Martha Stewart glitter paint and not add the actual physical glitter. The effect is a little more subdued, but there is no glitter shedding in those situations. That and actually using a canvas shoe (I found a bunch of canvas desert boots at Target and bought like six pairs).

The crease is where the glitter tends to fall off, so if you were to put the glitter just on the toe, for example, or just on the back, it would probably be successful.
Love the Oz shoes!
As for the paint falling off at the crease, I've used porcelain paint on shoes and it stays on very well, with barely a crease where the foot bends.
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That's a really cool idea. I'm thinking the rigidity of the glitter is a lot of the problem for what I did (it doesn't have much give) and was considering something almost gel like?

I hadn't really ever heard of porcelain paint, so I guess I'll have to get more familiar and test it out. Thanks!
GarthBock1 year ago
Nice Instructable.......what happens when your boyfriend clicks his heels together 3 times and says "There's no place like a bar, there's no place like a bar...." JK
Oh, this is great! I love them and I agree about the laces, I like the way they look too :)
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