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Now you'll never get lost on the tube!
I did an A Level art project on the London Underground and have been fascinated by the tube map ever since. I designed several items of clothing incorporating the tube map, and these shoes were one of the designs I made a reality.

Posted by Polly from Bristol, England, United Kingdom • Published See Polly's 12 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Get a cheap pair of plain plimsolls, try sales in shoes shops and schoolwear specialists. Make sure the plimsolls are clean otherwise the fabric paint won't adhere.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Working from a tube map (pick one up at a tube station or print one off from www.tfl.gov.uk) work out which bits you will copy onto your plimsolls. You don't have to copy the whole map, choose bits which will fit well into the shape of different parts of the shoe.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Start drawing out your map sections onto your plimsolls using coloured pencils. Match the colour of the pencil to the colour of the tube line you are copying. Do this for the whole shoe.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the appropriate coloured 3D fabric paint, carefully paint over your drawn lines. You will need to wait for each section to dry before moving onto the next section, to avoid smudging. It usually takes a couple of hours to be touch dry. Do this for the whole shoe.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add in the stations. Do this by painting small white dots and then adding a black circle around the dot.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 6
    Step 6

    If you have included the River Thames, you will need to paint this on using ordinary liquid fabric paint in a pale blue.

  • How to paint a pair of painted shoes. London Underground Tube Map Shoes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Let everything dry, somewhere where the shoes won't get knocked or squashed. Then, ta-da! your shoes are finished! (Let these dry for 72 hours before you wear them outside in the rain or all the paint will wash off!)

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minty
minty · 16 projects
very cool looking Happy
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Awesome idea and they look very fashionable.
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Awesome idea and they look very fashionable.
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
Those are awesome!
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
ok, love these shoes
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