6.03.2013

How to Update Old Shoes

Besides scouring Goodwill on my lunch breaks, cheap shoe shopping is another rare favorite I get to do occasionally. The thing is, I have giant feet. Size 10. Yep, I just put it out there. TEN. Having a ski-sized foot, seems like my selection is often over-bedazzled flip flops or orthopedic loafers. I always see such cute shoes in every other size except mine. One day I saw a pair of cute flats with pops of color on the toe and heal and tried to shove my foot in them... no dice. That's when I got the idea to DIY my own. Wanna see? Here's how to update old shoes.
Here's what I had at home. Some okay flats that had seen better days. 
The toes were pretty scuffed up and the extra flappy bow thing on the front kind of made them look like slippers... especially when I wore them with pants.
So I chopped the bow thingy off.
Then picked out some paint. I figured the enamel would stick to the shoe the best. I'll letcha know if it starts scraping off.  So far so good. I mixed these colors to get the bright citrus green I was looking for.

I taped off a stripe at the back. Just eye-balled, no measuring. I didn't tape the front... living on the edge. :)
I did 3 coats total.
Peel off the tape.
And, tada! "New" shoes for me. :)
They're a little bold... but I think I'm liking it. 

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  1. Has the craft paint held up? Sometimes paint can flake off of vinyl pretty easily, especially if the vinyl has to bend.

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    1. I used the enamel paint for ceramics in hopes that it would stick the best. I wore them in the rain the other day and so far just some tiny cracks on the left shoe. I plan to wear them for about a month, then do an update. We'll see how it goes!

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  2. Cute! (found this pinned by Michael's actually...) I also have larger feet...size 11's so yeah, I feel you. I wonder if there was some sort of glaze you could put on top to smooth and set? But yeah, I could see lots of different applications for this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know... I wonder too. I used the paint made for ceramics in hopes it would stick to the shoe the best. I wore them in the rain already and so far some tiny cracks on the left shoe but hardly noticeable. I'm going to start a petition for cute shoes in larger sizes! :)

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  3. I saw a similar idea where a person used fabric and mod podge to cover scraped toes on favorite shoes... another idea!!

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  4. Like the combo you did! The lime green gives the shoes a fun pop!

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  5. I saw a similar idea where a person used fabric and mod podge to cover scraped toes on favorite joya shoes... another idea!!

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  6. So cute! Love the color you chose. I too am a Sasquatch! I was a 10 and now 11 after babes!!

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    1. Annoying right! My sister is a 10 and 1/2. We Sasquatches need to rally against shoe makers for cuter shoes in the big sizes! haha

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  7. Love your shoes!!! I'm all about making old shoes new again!

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    1. Yes... still looks good. I used enamel which seemed to do the trick. That said, I don't wear these shoes all the often and when I do I sit at desk most of the day. Soo, if you're rougher on your feet, might not get the same results. :)

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