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Margot Silk ForrestI love painting spectator shoes because they are ready made for color-blocking. The ridges formed by the overlapping pieces of leather make it easy not to over paint the lines. I snagged this pair of Aerosoles on sale (less than $30) last summer and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

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I wanted to leave their conservative vibe behind. I color-blocked the shoes by applying two colors of paintPewter on the beige areas, and a custom mixed sky blue (approx. 5:1 Pearl White to Pearl Blue) — with a fan brush.

painted shoes

Because the beige areas of the shoes are a low-nap suede, the Pewter paint went on very smoothly, leaving a smooth surface behind. (The longer the nap, the more likely you are to end up with a slightly rough surface.)

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Because the layer of Pewter paint filled up all the decorative holes in the leather, I used a little bit of Neopaque Black and applied it into the punch holes with a toothpick so they would stand out.

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Now comes the Glitter It Glaze! I used Gleaming Gunmetal and a fan brush to apply two coats to the upper saddle area. Then, I sealed the whole with Sassy Feet Sealer to give the shoes extra shine.

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As a finishing touch, I painted the beige laces Pewter, then dabbed them lightly with Gleaming Gunmetal Glitter It Glaze. I thought I was done until I spotted a very cool set of decorative aglets (shoelace tips) online. You can see the result!

painted shoes

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