There’s more to the story I blogged about last time, the trip to Santa Cruz.  It’s highpoint was a rendezvous with multimedia artist and mensch Lisa Hoffman, who was visiting from Colorado.  She’d heard about Sassy Feet from my biggest fan, Erin Perry, and had professed herself interested in painting some kick-ass boots.

So we carried her off to Payless where she found some “textile suede” hiking boots for less than $40. These are actually men’s boots, but she found a smaller size that fit, so she went with them.

Lisa before angled view at 72 dpi

Lisa has written about these boots on her blog, but I thought I’d give you some how-to information here.

Because these boots are made of faux suede (which is actually a fabric), she probably didn’t need to prep the surface, but I didn’t want to take any chances that there was some finish on the surface that would interfere with the paint, so I had her rub the suface with a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Next Lisa mixed the color she had in her mind’s eye, an aqua that had more blue in it than the closest color in the Lumiere line, which was Pearlescent Turquoise. She started with the turquoise, added some Pearlescent Blue and Pearlescent White, and kept adding and stirring until she had the perfect true blue she’d been dreaming of. All of this took place at a desk in the motel room we’d rented — we had to rearrange the furniture to get enough light for painting, but you work with what you’ve got!

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The bottles of paint you see in the foreground are from my big bin of class supplies — I’d brought all 28 colors, just in case Lisa went crazy and wanted to paint rainbow or op art boots!

There are only two things you need to be careful about when you are mixing your own colors (and you can mix any of the Lumiere colors and/or Black).

1) Mix enough paint to do two coats

2) Be sure to have a tightly closing extra jar on hand so you can save some of the paint for touch ups later, say if you scuff your boots or shoes. (Doing touchups with paint is what you do to painted shoes instead of using shoe polish.)

The photo above showing the paint bottles and the photo of Lisa, below, holding her boots show you what the boots looked like after one coat of paint. The photo at the bottom shows the finished version, after two coats.

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Lisa also picked up some round white laces at a Santa Cruz shoe store to finish off her creations. Aren’t they gorgeous?! They illustrate my favorite design principle: using the tension of opposites. The pearly true blue color creates a terrific contrast with rough-and-tumble shape of the boot itself. Perfect for a Colorado mixed-media artist! (Check out Lisa’s blog and her work at She — and her boots — are a real kick!)

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