Dying your shoes is very, very easy! If you'd like to do it yourself, all you need is:
- Leather dye - sold at most good shoe repair stores for approx $10
- Leather stripper (optional) - sold at most good repair stores for approx $10
- Rags, cotton wool, cotton buds, etc - to clean up any mess
- Masking tape (optional) - to mask the parts of the shoe that you do not want to dye.
How to dye your shoes
- Clean your shoes - if your shoes are real leather then use some leather stripper on a cotton wool to clean it and prepare for dying. If your shoes are faux leather do not use a leather stripper on it (it'll melt the material!), just use a damp cloth to give it a good clean.
- (Optional) - mask any part of the shoe that you do not want to dye, e.g. the heel.
- Dye your shoes! - the Waproo shoe dye comes with it's own brush under the lid, kind of like a large nail polish brush. Apply 2 coats of the dye, letting it dry a few hours between coats. Clean up any mess and leave your newly dyed shoes overnight to dry before wearing it. There, it's as easy as that!
Notes: My shoes were faux leather so I did not use the leather stripper. I also did not bother with masking tape as I have a fairly steady hand, so I was careful not to apply paint on areas I didn't want to.
|Putting that first coat of dye on the shoes|
|All done, waiting for them to get dry|
|The end result!|
So, what do you think of this little DIY? Have you ever dyed your shoes? Would you?