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You might have a pair of blah shoes. Why not give them a makeover?
I wanted a pair of leopard print heels, but I couldn't find any that fit or that I liked a lot and didn't want to spend a fortune. I went to Goodwill with my idea and after finding a pair of bland heels, I took them home and proceeded to remake them. They were scuffed up, scratched suede heels. Now they're awesome leopard heels! Everything I used came from Hobby Lobby, except for the spray primer that came from Home Depot, and I suggest getting a printable coupon for the Mod Podge (which was $4.99!).

These really did take three days to complete, because I wanted the paint completely dry between things and had to make sure the primer was cured. Sorry I don't have pictures of the shoes without the bobby pins! XP

EDIT: HAHA! I got a picture of them totally completed without the bobby pins!! Sorry the ribbon and paint look orange-y, its the Lumix's fault and the light I took them in didn't help.

Posted by Danielle M. from Atlanta, Georgia, United States • Published See Danielle M.'s 3 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find your shoes. I went to Goodwill for these. You might have a pair you like that just don't wow you anymore or you can check out Goodwill or other thrift stores to find your pair. These are suede and I find them ugly (I'm sorry if anyone likes the color! Its just not me, haha).

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 2
    Step 2

    Apply your base color to one of your shoes. I used three coats of Anita's Acrylics in Latte while feathering the paint to make it even all over.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 3
    Step 3

    After you have painted both shoes, let them dry overnight. I left the platform unpainted for now.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you plan to paint your heel and its shiny plastic like mine, you'll want to sand them lightly so they have a frosted look. I used (I think!) 120 grit sandpaper and covered around the shoe and heel, as well as underneath, with Painter's Tape before I sprayed on the primer.
    There's obviously a HUGE difference in picture quality, because I used my boyfriend's iPhone 4S. ;-; All my previous pictures are with my iPod Touch...

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 5
    Step 5

    After the excess primer (I used Rustoleum) had dripped off and had been left to cure for 24 hours, I brought them in and sat down to paint the platform with Liquitex Basics Acrylic in Titanium White (ironically, I have a titanium allergy :P). While that dries, you can move on to the next step.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 6
    Step 6

    Choose what you want to use to do your leopard print. I used a black marker here to just draw some sample print on the cardboard I had laid down. The interior color of the spots is Anita's Acrylics in Moccasin.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 7
    Step 7

    These spots were done with the Liquitex Basics Acrylics in Mars Black on the tip of a q-tip and the Moccasin brown also on a q-tip. I chose this method because it looked more feathered and natural.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 8
    Step 8

    Start painting or drawing your spots on one shoe. I looked up some images of leopard print shoes and a tutorial on painting them to give me an idea of how to vary my spots. Your shoes don't have to match, because what leopard has the same spots on both sides? :)

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 9
    Step 9

    After you finish the first shoe, set it aside to dry. In the meantime,start on the second shoe. I painted the platform red with Anita's Acrylics in True Red before I started to do the leopard print.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 10
    Step 10

    Another photo with my boyfriend's iPhone. (sigh...) Sorry for the light, I was sitting in front of a bay window while I painted. Here, both platforms are done and so is the leopard print. Just wait for them to dry.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 11
    Step 11

    iPhone again. >_< After your shoes are dried completely all around, tape off around the heel and then you can begin painting it the same color as the platform. I used Anita's Acrylics in True Red again. Once I was sure the paint was 100% dry, I used glossy Mod Podge to seal the heal and plaform as well as add shine.
    Don't forget to stay hydrated!;D I was drinking Mountain Dew Code Red

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Diy Shoe Redesign - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can attach the ribbon and bow. My ribbon was sewn in that ruffle-like way and I bought my bows pre-made (they come in a pack of 3 for $0.99). I used tacky glue and slowly wrapped the ribbon around the show so it would conform properly. To keep the ribbon and bow in place while the glue dried, I used bobby pins. Let them sit overnight, just to make sure the glue dries. Put them somewhere safe to dry undisturbed!!!!

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LeCianne
LeCianne · Vammala, FI · 1 project
THESE ARE SO COOL. And now I really have to get some rubbish shoes to give them new life. Happy
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Wuvsy K.
Wuvsy K. · Hell, Michigan, US
Girl, I thought you just put the ribbon on. I didn't know you did all the painting too. Good stuff.
Danielle M.
Danielle M. · Atlanta, Georgia, US · 5 projects
Haha, yeah I did. And thanks!! Happy
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Jamie.B.x
Jamie.B.x · Newcastle upon Tyne, England, GB · 2 projects
Fantastic, they dont look like the same pair of shoes.
Danielle M.
Danielle M. · Atlanta, Georgia, US · 5 projects
Thank you! Shows what a little paint and an idea can do to some shoes.
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