November 29, 2012

DIY shoes?

I was working on a few projects earlier this week and one of them inluded Metallic acrylic paint. For some reason, when I saw my target wedges later that evening, a light bulb went off in my head.


Maybe I'll paint the "toes" of my shoes? (because who doesn't think that on a daily basis?)

I really don't know what I was thinking, but I happen to own a pair of wedges (in patent) that are nearly identical to these target ones, so I thought, "if it doesn't work, oh well!"


Well, it worked. And I was actually impressed with the straight line I was left with! Tape adheres to suede well, so there was no chance of any paint seeping under it.

This project doesn't really need a tutorial: all I did was tape off the tips of my shoes and paint it. I pulled the tape before the paint dried, and then let the shoes dry completely.


And I kind of liked them! I never in my life would have thought that "painted" shoes would be something I'm comfortable wearing in public. . .mostly because I figured you could usually tell if they were authentic or not.

But in this case, the mixture of the rose gold metallic paint and the suede shoes--it works. I can't explain it.


I wore these yesterday and one of my clients complimented them. I immediately followed up her compliment with,"Thank you! I painted them yesterday."
Her jaw dropped and she knelt down immediately to get a closer look. 

I think these shoes passed the "DIY but doesn't really look like it" test.

So get to work, you owners of plain shoes. Paint those suckers.

*a few of you asked on instagram how these would hold up with scuffing. while I haven't scuffed them yet, I would imagine you just fill in the scuffs with more paint, should it happen.


50 comments:

  1. Only you would think of this!! They turned out really awesome...who would have thought?!

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  2. I think I want to be you when I grow up, lol.
    Super cool!

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  3. Kate- Love this idea.. So simple, yet it looks awesome!

    Have a good Thursday!

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  4. Super cute! And on a side note I am attempting one of your hair tuts today! Fingers crossed :)

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  5. Genius! I have a pair of suede flats that are all beat up in the front. I might take a page out of your book now. :)

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  6. Cute! I've wanted to do that, but was unsure about what paint to use. Good to know that the Martha Stewart paint works! She has the best colors :)

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  7. So cute! Love the outfit too.... can you label it all out so we can copy.... ???

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    1. Loft jeans, J.Crew factory cardigan, old Banana Republic top and the diy shoes!

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  8. I actually painted a pair of flats that I had a few months about because they were stained with salt from sidewalks. I just painted them a shimmery blue all over and I love them! It was an easy way to get shoes in the exact color I wanted--and they do get a lot of compliments, for sure, because they look so unique!

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  9. Kate, these look great! I really like them. Maybe you could add a clear coat of paint to protect them. Just a thought. Great post!

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm not sure that they need it? Painting on suede is pretty permanent!

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  10. LOVE it! i have actually done this to a couple pairs of shoes - but i started with like a cheap $5 pair of imitation keds from Walmart to make sure i knew what i was doing. i liked the result so i did it some more. it's kind of addicting once you start. lol!!

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  11. perfect way to spice up some kicks!

    xo - heather
    www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

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  12. I love these! Such a fantastic idea!

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  13. I did this to a pair of Target flats earlier this summer and they're adorable!! I used spray paint and a gloss finish. The paint does crack a little but not enough that's it's obvious and I plan on just putting another coat on at some point. They're in the right column in this post... http://pineapplesandpearls.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-so-far-via-instagram.html

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  14. I'm so excited - I already have the paint & an old pair of Target suede wedges that need some new life. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  15. Soo cute, Kate! They turned out gorgeous.

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  16. wow that looks so cute:)
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it/

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  17. So cute! Love it! :) Did you get the paint at a craft store?

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  18. I love the way these look! So festive! :)

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  19. I have some of that paint! As well as some shoes that could probably use a facelift. I smell a project in my future.

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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  20. Gorgeous! What an easy way to dress up and customize your shoes!

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  21. Those turned out super cute! Makes me want to go buy some shoes and paint to do it myself (and probably still be more cost effective than the jcrew pair I've been coveting)...

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  22. I LOVE your outfit!! Will you make a post showing where you got the pieces from??

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  23. Love, Love, Love!! Gotta try.... think silver on black??

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  24. You are just the cutest thing...EVER!!!!!!

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  25. Would any kind of tape work? I'm afraid I'd use the wrong kind and the paint would seep all over.

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  26. they are great!
    http://georginagoodman.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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  27. Wow, these turned out great! I love the gold with the suede. I'm definitely going to have to try this :)

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  28. I love the metallic tipped shoes! Nice job

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  29. LOVE this!!! What a great idea for a completely new look! I just stumbled upon your blog via pinterest. You seem very talented! I will definitely be stopping by again :)

    beautyofedu.com

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  30. This is adorable! And great for upcoming Christmas parties.
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  31. http://www.themiragemall.com/clothes/ Find quality shoes at sale prices all year round!

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  32. I am positive that I couldn't pull this off but you did a great job...so creative!
    Lori from http://shoehunting.blogspot.com/

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  33. Where is the necklace from in this post? Love the whole look.

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  34. If you feel like doing another shoe project, I think you would like this one!
    http://kittenhood.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/guest-post-diy-cat-toe-shoes/

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  35. Kate,

    I've had this post in my head for a few days as I'm still trying to find shoes for my September 7 wedding. I LOVE these (http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1223888/dana-buchman-wedges-women.jsp) and have them in black, so I know I could wear them all day, but the silver toe doesn't go with my dress. Do you think it would work to paint the toes pink, much like you did here?

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  36. I watch for shoes that are easy to get on and off for the child. FELL ON SIDEWALK

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  37. To protect the shoes against scuffing water resistant spray might work or at least help.

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