DIY Painted and Embellished Shoes for Men
1920’s Struttin’ Shoes
We actually found this cool men’s shoe design in a book on the history of shoes — they were made in northern England in 1925! We decided to copy them for a costumer’s convention. They are painted with Lumiere’s Crimson and the leather winged appliques are done in True Gold. For the whole story, read our blog post about them.
Men’s Night Out
This project started with a pair of very well-loved black patent leather shoes. Because they were already over the hill, we used them as part of our ongoing experiment in finding a black glitter that really sparkles. This pair uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Glitter in a color called Black Soot. I mixed it into our Glitter It Glaze clear base to make some custom black glitter glaze. It turned out rather nice – but still not sparkly enough! We painted the rest of the shoe in a beautiful dark blue called Indigo, leaving the trim and heels in their original black patent. For the whole story, read our blog post about them.
Burnished Gold Boots
The many different sections in the design of this boot were an invitation to color blocking – which we did using Lumiere’s Pearlescent Blue. We painted it on so it fully covered the black, unlike the treatment we used in the gold sections. There we used Lumiere’s Bright Gold, diluted slightly with water, then rubbed on LIGHTLY with a small rag – and rubbed off again almost immediately before it dries and completely covers the black. This is a lot easier than it sounds! Just practice your technique on a scrap of leather or some “test” shoes first. It’s a beautiful effect, and not just for gold over black.
When the editor of an online costuming magazine asked us to create some shoes for an issue about 1920s-1930s fashion, we said yes – even though we didn’t know how to do it. We ended up using masking tape, pinking shears and a special brush that makes perfect little polka dots. Curious? The editor has been kind enough to allow us to post the article on our site, Take a look for a detailed tutorial. (The article shows a pair of women’s spectators we did, too.) And remember, black and white is only ONE color combination you can use. If you Google “spectator shoes,” you’ll find lots of other ideas!