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How to: DIY Shoes

January 3, 2012

I’d been wanting a pair of new sneakers for a long time. Why? No idea. I hardly ever wear shoes on a daily basis except when I go walking/jogging. I had a pair in a dirty-brown-military-green color.Β I think I bought them when I was going through the phase of ‘only-black-or-brown-are-proper-colors-for-shoes’. Bright reds and yellows and blues for sneakers? Oh the horror! Now I am repelled by anything that doesn’t have color.So I sat down over the weekend and gave myΒ dirty-brown-military-green colorΒ shoes a much needed makeover. My dad entered the room, saw me happily sprawled over the floor, with paints and brushes spread all around me and said “Why would anyone want to paint their shoes?”


Men! They just don’t get it.

What you need:

1) A pair of shoes (Duh!). Pick the ugliest looking pair. So even if you mess up it’ll still look prettier than the original. Unless you are that bad at painting. Then I can’t help you.
2) Paints in whatever colors you want. I used fabric paints.
3) Brushes and cloth
4) Lots of free time and music

1. Think of the colors before hand. Unless you want to paint over it again and again. Umm.. No I din’t do that.
2. Once you are half-way through it’ll start looking so horrible that you’ll regret even dipping the brush in paint in the first place. But its okay. Keep going (Like you have a choice)
3. Annnd you are done! Wear your new shoes and prance around.
4. Add some fun laces. Click a few pics. Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
Ugly to Brand New


  • Reply Butterfly... :) January 3, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Wow!!! Awesome post girl!! πŸ™‚
    I am definitely going to try it out once because i am NOT that bad at painting!! πŸ˜› Lol! Your blog is like simply WOW!! <3<3 Waiting eagerly for your next post! :) I am following you now.

    Also, if you have the time then please do check out my blog. Though i do not blog exclusively about Fashion but there will be posts about them in the future! πŸ™‚ I am new blogger in town actually. Just 3 posts old. πŸ™‚ If at all you like what i write then do comment and follow too!


  • Reply Purvi January 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

    That is a superb transformation πŸ™‚ Brilliantly done πŸ™‚

  • Reply ಅಢ್ಡಿನಿ/ Ashwini January 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    That was wonderfully done.. Brilliant job. I am kind of liking the color red now. The pair of shoes in my old shoe rack needs a transformation for sure. This weekend I will try painting them.

  • Reply sumitra January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Very nice! Looks like a brand new pair of sneakers. Excellent job!

  • Reply Tangerine January 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    lovely, lovely, lovely.
    This guy actually made is favorite cartoons on the shoes, i think m gonna make spongbob on my yellow canvases. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mirage January 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I have seen my friends once painting their pair of shoes in God knows how many colors. πŸ˜›

    But the color scheme you used is quite good yaar. I cannot even dare to try this because I know something disaster would happen. And that's for sure. πŸ˜›

    Hey I noticed you have changed your favicon image. Achi hai bahut. πŸ™‚ And I am yet to find a perfect image for my blog icon. The hunt is still on. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Summer-Raye January 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm


  • Reply β˜† RiΓ  ღ January 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Oh wow!! thats simply amazing!

  • Reply The Dainty Doll's House January 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Those look painting my shoes!! xx

  • Reply maithili January 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    This looks great!! Only I don't have any ugly colored shoes πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Reply Keirthana January 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wow..I never knew that we could give a makeover to shoes! You have done an excellent job, my dear! I could hardly believe both the pairs are the same set of shoes.. Awesome!

  • Reply Swarnali January 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    That was a super cool DIY..those transformed ones look so cute.Those colorful laces definitely add a bling πŸ˜€

  • Reply Raji January 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    These look incredible, such a fantastic DIY and beautiful done, I want a pair!

  • Reply SEPO January 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    An awesome job done girl πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nidhi January 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Now that was amazing! Wow! definitely going to try this!

  • Reply Pria Rao January 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Wow.. They turned out so well gurl!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Tanya VS January 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I am back..missed reading your posts!
    WONDERFUL JOB …i am tempted to paint a few things I have too.Gonna get fabric paints asap!

  • Reply Sabrina T. January 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    nice diy dear!!I like it!!

    new outfit on
    Patchwork Γ  Porter

  • Reply Taj Acosta January 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Great job dear! I've been seeing lots of tennis with glitter on them and that would be a fun dyi too I think! Happy New Year! xx Taj

  • Reply beckaboots January 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Very awesome. I dated a guy who painted me some shoes once. They were pretty rad too. I like your choice of red πŸ™‚

    If Work Permits

  • Reply Viya ;) January 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    awesome one! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    i did one too lonnnggg ago but on white canvas shoes with red doodle and stuff πŸ˜› πŸ˜› .. i hardddlly wore them! 😐
    I loooovve the way you've literally transformed those shhooooeeesss πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Reply candyvioleta January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    i love the way you write!
    I lov well written blogposts!
    not a huge fan of sport shoes, but u did a fantastic job in painting these!

    P.S. im ur newest follower from now on!!!!!!

  • Reply Soumya January 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Okay I can't believe those are the same shoes. Seriously? :O :O :O

    Woaaah, girl you are amazing I must say. Super duper work!

    I have a red, blue and black converse safe in my shoe rack. Worn, NEVER. Will give them a makeover now and will prance around.

    Yay! And Thanks πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Red Handed January 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    They dont even look like they been painted!! Sooo Rafta style and soooooooooooooooooooo funky!!
    The laces just turn it a bit more cool!!
    Good Job girl!!

  • Reply β™₯ tiffany January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    What a fun and interesting way to spice up your sneakers!

  • Reply Suruchi January 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Not bad…not bad at all!
    my gawd girl…this looks like a completely new pair-you did the job with such finesse…and they seem to have come alive!

    in fact it is so neatly done that it does not even look painted!
    hats off-you have a skill here-tap it:-)

  • Reply CD!!! January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Kya Baat….kya baat……kya BAAAT!!!!!! What a transformation(shoes,ofcourse!)this ACTUALLy can be tried at home.But,lazy me:D
    Anyways,read all your posts,LOVED them and opened a blog just to read from amazing ones like you and others!Keep writing! And happy new year….cheers! πŸ™‚

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue January 5, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Such wonderful comments! Thank you all so much! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Katrina January 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Stupendous! I would never have known those were hand painted… Now you have me thinking about what I can paint! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jane Doe January 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Fantabulous. Cant stop admiring em. off to paint mine. big time competition for you πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Tanvi January 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I like! I like! πŸ™‚ Good Job!

    β™‘ from Β©

  • Reply Rambling Of A Single Girl In The City January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    wow ! what an awesome make over.. Loved it .. Great job πŸ˜€

  • Reply Anjuli January 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I'm always envious of those who are creative and talented- you appear to be both!! Good for you.

  • Reply ARTI-ARTE January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    love your d.i.y & thanx for visiting my blog

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