A couple weeks ago, I was gifted these shoes. They had flex foam inside, so they were almost like walking on air when wearing them, and they were canvas, so very breathable. Perfect summer shoe. Just one problem. The shoe in question was a mixture of pale tan, and white-
Which for some people, that’d be great! A neutral color that goes with just about anything. Except, when paired with my skin tone, it clashed. I made me look like I belonged on the set of iZombie.
I knew if I just added a splash of color, the great washing out effect would be greatly lessened. So, I went to my favorite place to do research- Pinterest. I’m a Pinterest junkie. I’m always on it. I may look like I’m trying to solve the worlds problems, or typing out some revolutionary theory to some great professor, but no. I am in fact, almost always, on Pinterest.
I found many people had used sharpies to color their shoes. Most doing crazy impressive pieces of art on them, which, I know, I cannot do. I am no great artist. I can barely even draw a decent looking star. So, I spent some time thinking of what I could do. “That’s it!!! ” I thought. The shoe did already have a design on it, so all I had to do was color in the white parts with a different color.
Now, obviously, if you are a better painter than I am (which I wouldn’t be surprised if you were), you can most definitely paint whatever you’d like on your shoe.
My next step was picking a color. I had concluded that an army green would look great. Which brought me to my next bump in the road. I couldn’t find an army green sharpie. I’m sure there is one somewhere. But, it was hiding from me. I then looked over to the box I have sitting in my room, full of nail polish. There was a bottle of army green polish that I didn’t use all that much, because it dried with an extreme matte color, but for this project….you wouldn’t see that.
So, there I went and sat, outside, on the cement at the back of my house, with a paper plate (to make sure if I needed to set anything down, I didn’t make it dirty or paint the cement), a damp old towel to wipe anything up if needed, a bottle of paint, a paint brush (with a smaller tip than the one in the bottle), and my shoes.
After, about 15 minutes they were all done, and dry. Although, to be on the safe side, I would recommend you let them sit for at least an hour after, to make sure it’s fully dry.
Also, I highly recommend you have a bottle of nail polish remover, and q-tips, so if you mess up, you can immediately treat it, and have a chance of making the mistake totally invisible.
There are so many possibilities for revamping your old shoes, new boring shoes, or ones you found at a thrift store (after you clean them, of course). 🙂