Customize Your Shoes! (Toms)




Introduction: Customize Your Shoes! (Toms)

I've had this pair of Toms since summer of 2010. As you can imagine, they have gotten pretty torn up - the lining on the outside was ripped, the black was faded... they were in awful shape. Rather than going out and spending $50 on a new pair, I decided I would simply spice up these old guys. I feel like what I ended up with is way better than what I would have gotten if I had actually bought a new pair :)

What you'll need:
-Old shoes
-Awesome material of your choice
-Fabric glue
-Pins are helpful

Step 1: Cover the Top

-Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover the entire top of the shoe, and have about a centimeter or so extra hanging over
-Fold raw edge under and pin in place all around

The nose is the most difficult part - I included photos of each step for this
-Basically what you want to do is fold it under like you were folding the corner of a present.

-Glue everything in place, and allow to dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Cover the Sides

Use the same method as before for gluing on the material for the back of the shoe.
-Cut a piece large enough to fit all the way around
-Fold under raw edges
-Pin and glue in place

Step 3: Envy of the Neighborhood!

And you're done! Enjoy your "new" shoes!!

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    6 years ago

    Instead of fabric glue, hot glue or super glue, maybe try shoe goo. I love that stuff, its flexible, can be applied thin and still works great, and, bonus, it has a waterproofing effect Love this 'ible, saving it in hopes of coming across a pair of these shoes!


    9 years ago on Step 2

    That's so cool! I wonder how it would work if you used superglue instead...


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'v remade converse shoes, and I figured out(by burning myself) that superglue/crazyglue gets really, really HOT when it touches cotton. I gave myself a second degree burn!!! Watch this if you find it hard to believe:


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    I image just fine, or maybe even better. Hot glue would probably be a brilliant idea as well. To be honest, using the fabric glue was a bit messy until it finally dried, but it was all I had on hand when I decided to make these shoes. But if you have something fast-drying such as super glue, then I say go for it.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is such a good idea. I'll have to do this when mine wear out. :)