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6/23/10

DIY: Shiny Toed Shoes


These shoes are one of my new favorites! I bought them recently but thought the all black was just a little too boring for me. While considering what to do with them I toyed with the idea of doing the googly eye shoes from The Dandy Project but they were almost too crazy for me. I decided on just a simple silver toe. I know it's pretty self explanatory how I made them, but I included a step by step guide for anyone that's interested.


Choose a pair of shoes with a simple flat front. I picked these up at a second hand shop. Also, I didn't really notice the scuff marks on the shoe until I started spraying the paint. I'd advise either using new shoes or very gently used ones because the flaws kind of tend to stand out when painted.


Start taping everything you don't want painted. Take your time on this step. If you rush through it you'll regret it later.


Cover the entire shoe with the plastic bag and secure with good, heavy duty tape.


You're ready to paint!!


The paint I chose to use was this rust paint I found in my basement. After a trip to the art store I realized I probably could have picked up something that was a little more metallic but I like using supplies I have. I'm too cheap!


Start spraying but be careful to not spray too much. I found it had quite a "splattered" paint look at the beginning but it would fade as it dried. I suggest doing at least 2 coats. I waited a few hours between each application.


Now you play the waiting game. After about 24 hours the paint still felt a bit gummy. Be patient! It seemed like mine would never fully dry, but after about 36 hours it seemed good.


Time to rip all the tape off! As I said earlier, take the beginning taping slowly. I rushed through it and a bit of the paint went where I didn't want it. As you can see now, the scuff marks are a little noticeable.


Here's where every crafters secret weapon comes in handy. I know it's kind of cheating but I didn't have much choice.


There you have it! They'll definitely get a lot more wear now. I think this will add the perfect pop to my usual all black uniform. I hope some of you try this out. Make sure to let me know if you do!!

Happy DIYing!

20 comments:

The Teapot said...

Hmm, I really like this. I'm such a bad DIY-er though haha. It takes me forever to finish DIY projects...

dear dukes said...

You did it!

I'm impressed.

ELIXE said...

when you told me about this,
i really wasnt expecting how legit this would turn out!

super impressed! mr. hare would be proud :P

Unknown said...

copy cat.

John Bernal said...

This is such a great idea! What a useful way to use spray paints.

THE MILK CLUB said...

this is sickkk :D
I can't wait to try this.

Unknown said...

High five! Great DIY! I'm going to be on the look out now for some similar shoes while I thrift and do this as well.

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Izzy said...

Well done, my child. haha! I can never seem to find silver spray paint that's shiny enough (like mirror-shiny). This looks really good though!

Caroline Ergy Erg said...

Awh, they came out brilliantly, ta for the guide too!
Hah, i may try out the googly eye shoe project as well now.
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Cara said...

I have to try this! LOVE it <3

Anonymous said...

This is so surreal, I was buying spray paints for a pair of scuffed shoes just today! This is a great tutorial, I'll definitely be taking some advice for when I try mine.

chelsea m. said...

these are super fly chup chip

Adele said...

Rad idea and execution. I admire your creativity!

K A T H L E E N said...

these look fab!!

Anonymous said...

Ok I know this isn't totally the same but after reading this I completed my own black and silver shoe DIY, also using spray paints...

http://thegirlwithnopatience.blogspot.com/2010/06/diy-silver-and-black-lucite-flower.html#comments

Anonymous said...

Woah! What an amazing idea! These look awesome, Corinne x

Acid Beth said...

Hahaha, this is great. Love the outcome. I would have screwed them big time. Love your blog xx

Anonymous said...

amazing!
love your idea
interesting boy, xxx V.

Matthew Spade said...

they turned out brilliant, they're going to look ace!

St├ęphane Von Brach said...

I feel so inspired by your DIY, makes me plenty of ideas
Maybe you can see mine :)
Well your style is awesome !

Just love it