On my list of things to try in my Crafty Lifetime, painting shoes is one item that I can now check off! I have altered a pair of fake leather shoes and painted them using acrylic paint (first white, then two coats of pink). It was super easy to do, although not too durable I’m happy I finally just did it.

Me in my painted shoes (and crazy socks that does not match - yay artist freedom) - by @ihanna #diyfashion

I suspect I have owned these brown flats for close to 20 years, but since they’ve mostly been indoor party shoes they are not yet totally worn down, even though they’re not very stylish. That’s why I decided to give them a coat of acrylic paint (no pre-prepping) and be done with it.

Altered / painted shoes before and after - by @ihanna #diyfashion
Painted shoes - before it was altered - by @ihanna #diyfashion

I mostly just did this for fun and it’s not really as anything I’d recommend you to try.

I have always wanted to paint a pair of shoes, but never found a pair where this crafty idea could be executed. Until now, and I’m thrilled I have painted these brown shoes and made them “new” with sparkles and all.

As a last detail I added glitter in the tear-shaped indents at the heal and front, so now they look a whole lot happier than before.

Painting a pair of old shoes - by @ihanna #diyfashion

Before you click away, first let me know if you have altered any old shoes or if it’s still on your to-try-list? I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below about my shoes, your shoes or some hidden crafty need you have repressed for years… Maybe it’s time to just check it off?

Another fun thing I’d like to do some day is to alter a handbag or a whole suitcase… maybe with spray paints or acrylics. But now onward to tackle the next oddball idea or always-wanted-to-try-project: doodling on porcelain!

Here’s another idea I saw once on how you can re-use old shoes:

Garden inspiration on how to repurpose old shoes, photo by iHanna

I hope you’re enjoying your Easter / long weekend. Be well.

PS: after about two months of use the paint on these shoes are crackling and they are not pretty any more. But alas, I had fun altering a pair of shoes. And that was the most important thing this time.

** Previous posts that showcase Before and After Magic – altered furniture, flower pots and more.