Upcycling old shoes with spray paint
My most comfortable dancing shoes had definitely seen better days. They were getting pretty ropey, with scuffed toes and plenty of creases in the leather. Even though they no longer looked particularly great, that was precisely why they were so comfortable – they had been worn into submission and all those scrapes and wrinkles were the result. I therefore wanted to give them a thrifty makeover so that I could continue wearing them for years to come.
Thoroughly clean your shoes with soap and water – you don’t want to spray them all over and then discover a chunk of mud that flakes off and leaves you with a bare unpainted patch!
Make sure that your shoes are completely dry before proceeding and prepare a safe area to spray paint them – preferably outdoors, with cardboard or newspaper underneath.
Follow the directions on the can of spray paint and shake it vigorously to mix the paint before you start to spray to minimise spattering.
Give your shoes a fine coat of spray paint all over and allow to dry.
It’s better to spray 3 or more fine coats of paint than 1 thick coat, so continue to add layers of paint until all the original colour is covered.