Monday, June 30, 2014

Redesign Your Old Shoes: Neon Delight

     Canvas tennis shoes are the hottest trend for this spring and summer. You can spice your shoes up by adding your own personal touch. There are many different ways to make them your own using glitter like I have shown in my previous post, Redesign Your Old Shoes: Glitter Ombre Design, sequins, paint, or buttons. You can transform a pair of shoes that have started to stain, fade, or become dirty. This is the perfect way to give your shoes some added life instead of throwing them out. When we buy new shoes, we are actually contributing to the amount of fabric waste produced daily. Today, I am going to show you how to create a unique design using paint. One of the hottest trends for summer is neon colors, but if you are fair skinned like me, they wash you out. I love these colors, but I find that I am only able to wear them is through accessories, such as a scarf or pair of shoes. I decided to incorporate a neon color into a pair of shoes I've upcycled to express my bubbly and bold personality.

   Your canvas tennis shoes that need transformation 
   Design Inspiration (could be Pinterest, a shoe style have such as oxfords, drawings)
   Paint Brush
   Fabric Paint
   Masking Tape

1) Place masking tape on the soles of your shoes to avoid painting them and remove your shoelaces.
Find your design inspiration and select your colors of fabric paint. The reason we are using fabric paint is because it will allow your shoes to be breathable and flexible.
2) Apply the first color of paint to your shoe. Allow to dry completely before applying your next color. Repeat the process until you have completed your design. I applied two coats of each color and allowed the shoes to dry completely before removing the masking tape.
3) Last, place the laces back in and wear your shoes out.

Now all you have to do is wait for the compliments to pour in. :) I'd love to see photos of your shoe remakes. 


  1. This is a great idea and I love your big smile at the end. I'd be smiling if I wore those shoes too.

  2. Thank you, Deby! I am planning on redesigning a few more old pairs of shoes.

  3. Hi! This is a really cool idea!! :) I did spice up a pair of espadrilles recently and garnished them with gold triangles. Maybe that would also work for tennis shoes ( in case you are interested)... :) All the best from Vienna, Steffi

  4. Thanks, Steffi! :) I really like your idea and I have another pair of shoes that I am trying to decide how to decorate them.