Here comes the man with the look in his eye. He was fed on nothing, but he's full of pride. Look at them go. Look at them kick. It makes you wonder how the other half live.
Here comes the world with the look in its eye. The future is uncertain but certainly slight. Look at the faces. Listen to the bells. It's hard to believe we need a place called hell.
When I lived in London, I spent a fair amount of time trolling around Camden, and it left an indelible impression on me for all things goth, punk, and cyber. If there were a pair of AngryRedhead shoes, these would be it.
I'm making the deadline by the skin of my teeth after toying with these shoes for 3 weeks now. This Instructable shows how to make a pair of stylized shoes using Sugru and spray paint and how to add treads to shoes that are a bit slippery. Most of the instructions are on the high heels as they require more techniques and instruction, so if you are making the men's shoes, please read through the women's, too.
If you would like to save yourself time and a whole lot of headache, please follow these directions on how to paint shoes as carefully as possible, or you may end up spending a lot more time on repairing mistakes than if you'd been patient from the start. Give yourself at least 2 weeks to decorate these shoes. Each step is short, but there's a lot of time for curing necessary. Don't skimp on the cure time!
Since I have JUST finished these shoes, I cannot say what exactly the durability is. Considering how specialized these shoes are, I'm guessing very, very few people are going to wear them on any sort of regular basis, and if there are cracks, breaks, snaps, etc., they are repairable. Be careful with these for the first month until everything is totally and fully cured and has become a permanent part of the shoe.
If you want to change the design and placement of the Sugru, carefully consider what you do and how you'll wear the shoes. Consider how you will put your feet together, stand next to a wall, or drive a car while wearing these shoes. The horns are put on the toes for a reason.
Stay tuned for more custom shoe techniques and ideas! I would have done another design for other options, but I ran out Sugru and time. Bah!
Step 1: Materials
You can use a pair of shoes that you no longer like or a pair from a thrift store. I bought these high heels for $15 a few months ago with the intention of customizing them. These are vinyl shoes, so these instructions apply to vinyl, not leather or canvas. Avoid shoes with overlay, heavy stitching, buckles, bows, etc. Very plain shoes are easier to customize.
- Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
I'm using Safety Red and Gloss Black. I tried the Rustoleum Plastic Primer on another pair of shoes, and it didn't work as well as the Krylon Fusion which is why I'm mentioning this brand in particular. It also comes in many colors and is easy to use.
- Clear Spray Paint
This one is acrylic, but I have a feeling you could use a wax finish.
You will need 8 packs for a pair of women's shoes and 2 for men's.
- Painter's Tape
I'm using 1".
- 1/4" Detailing Tape
I found mine at an auto parts store, but call around and be specific with what you need to do with it. Many stores claimed to have it when they didn't.
- Paper Towels
For wiping away mistakes and cleaning tools.
- Exacto Knife
- Butter Knife
- Frosting Tip
Or any appropriately sized funnel-shaped, hollow object.
I'm using 60, 120, and 320 cut into 1"x2" squares.
- Steel wool
Fine, not coarse.
- Board wrapped in wax paper
This is a piece of board from an old picture frame that I wrapped in a couple sheets of wax paper and taped down. This will help for molding the Sugru and protect your flat surfaces.
- Bulldog Clips
- Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly
- Red Shoelaces (optional; not shown)
- Black Fabric Dye (optional)
- Electrical Tape
- Shoe Goo for any repairs (not shown)