Before and After: Shoe Makeover {Tutorial}

October 12, 2011 at 23:55 | Posted in Before and After, Crafts - DIY, Tutorials | 9 Comments
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Did you know that the original TOMS shoe are called “alpargatas” and are the characteristic footwear of “gauchos“, the cowboys of Argentina? They are an Argentine trademark, and you can see them everywhere, worn by all kinds of people, from teenagers to the elderly, rich and poor .

I love alpargatas.  The other day I realized one of my beloved pairs is ripping on one side.  I knew I had another pair in the closet. The problem is, they are camouflage print. I bought them a couple of years ago when I was back home, even knowing I was not going to wear them often because I do not like camo print. But they are really comfortable and it was that or black ones in my size (I already had them in black) so I bought them anyway. And of course, I barely used them, until yesterday, when I decided to paint stripes on them. So for this new tutorial, I will show you how I did it.

You will need:

  • A pair of shoes, preferably canvas.
  • Metallic silver acrylic or fabric paint.
  • Black acrylic or fabric paint.
  • Brushes
  • Newspapers and drafting tape.


Start by stuffing the shoes with newspaper so they are firmer and easier to paint.


Cut strips of drafting tape and cover the shoes placing them at an angle at about 1/2 inch apart or the width of the tape. I chose to go all the way to the mid-sole too.


Paint the stripes with the metallic silver color, trying to be as even in the paint distribution as possible. (If you are using different colors than mine, paint the lightest color first. That way you can paint over with the darker if your stripes are not perfect or you have run-over paint.) You might need more than one coat if the original color of your shoe is dark.


Let them dry for a couple of hours outside.


Peel the tape.


Paint the rest of the stripes with black and let it dry once more completely. Check if you have any chunks of paint and if you do, try to remove them with an X-Acto knife. Put them on and take them for a stroll! 🙂


I would love to see your shoe makeover. Please share it at the Mother Crafter Project Pool!

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  1. quedaron buenisimas!

    • gracias Juli! 🙂

  2. Cute! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!


    • thanks Melanie! 🙂

  3. What if you just painted them solid silver and then when that dries do the striping in black?

    • That would be a good option too if you do not need the tape for reference. I think if you put the tape on the paint it might peel off. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Love what you did with the shoes, they look great!

    • Thank you Kei!

  5. wow, great idea and great results! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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