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.


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!!

  3. says

    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 :)

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