While I was in Reno at the Quilting, Stitches and Craft Expo in late May, I did some demos of how to paint shoes. You got a peek at one of them in the post called “Walking on Color.” I thought you’d like to see the end result of that project.
First, here’s the “before.” This was a Teva sandal that had gotten some wear and really needed some new life pumped into it! At the show, I started by painting the footbed with Lumiere in Metallic Olive Green, one of my favorite colors of theirs.
Next I picked out some colors that I liked with the green, including Grape, Indigo, and Pearlescent Turquoise. I painted one shoe with the straps in Indigo, and the other with the straps in Grape. The triangle holding the straps together was painted in the opposite color. Then I took my special dot-painting brush (more about that in my next post) and put Pearlescent Turquoise polka dots on both straps. I also added some dots on the toe area of the footbed. (Actually, at first I put the dots all over the footbed, but when I looked at the result, it looked sort of … itchy on the foot! So I let them dry and painted over most of them.) Here’s the result. (The Grape and the Indigo look much more distinct from each other in real life.)
There’s a cool shoe company, Camper, that has a line of shoes called Twins, where the shoes — like my reborn Teva sandals — are not identical but complementary in their design. If you like the idea, you might want to take a look at their site to get some ideas.
In the meantime, I’ll be wearing my “new” sandals in the lovely late spring air of Morro Bay, CA, where I live.