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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Adventures in shoe painting, part 3

I love the look of multi-tone, spectator-type shoes from the 1970s. And I wear a lot of purpley-brown (a color I call ‘raisin"). Inspired by the colors of the bag I had recently made and the following shoes I saw on Etsy, I transformed a pair of old black leather shoes that I no longer wear.

As with the previous pairs of shoes that I painted, I wiped them down with alcohol first to remove any coating. If shoes are non-leather, I’ve read that they should be wiped down with acetone (nail polish remover).

I then painted a couple sections with a gold color that I mixed from Jacquard Neopaque paints. I don’t know if yellows don’t cover as well as the metallic colors I had painted with before on the clogs and sandals, but it took about 6-7 coats to get fairly good coverage. The photos below show the shoes with one coat, then two coats, then about 5 coats.

Then I mixed red and green Neopaque (adding a bit more red) to make a raisin-brown and painted the remaining sections of the shoe. I tried to copy the rounded double-pointed shape of the red and blue shoes in the photo above. Since I was painting it free-hand, it had a sloppy camel-toe look.

I decided to just go with a straight line across the toe and added dots of gold around the front top of the shoe, and for fun, larger dots on the side.

The big band of gold around the back wasn’t appealing, so I painted a vertical stripe of the raisin color, and when that was dry, painted a row of gold dots on it.

Even the gold dots required 2-3 coats.

I was so eager to wear them, I didn’t wait long enough for the paint to cure. Given the many coats, I should have waited at least 4-5 days. The first time I wore them there was slight cracking in the gold section across the toe. I am not sure if the paint would have cracked even if I had waited, just because there were so many coats. Since I didn’t like the shiny effect of the sealer on the metallic blue clogs I painted earlier, I chose not to seal these.

Sorry for the very bad indoor photo (it has been raining), but this was what I wore for my new shoes' first outing. At least the shoes are in focus.

1970s polyester jacket, Goodwill, $6.49; 1970s peacock print blouse, Sue Ryder charity shop, $6.00; 1990s black jumper dress, Goodwill, $6.99; 1960s goldtone leaf brooch, 1990s shoes - painted. ,

I'm a day late, but am linking to Faith Hope and Charity Shopping's Ta-dah! Tuesday.

Reader Comments (4)

Wow, they are completely transformed! This is a genius, and a brilliant homage to the Etsy shoes. I would have had the same problem with wanting to wear them ASAP, I am very impatient once I've made something, and am forever poking at paint to see if it's dry etc. I really should know better by now.

Thanks so much for linking up.

OMG! Those are absolutely gorgeous! You really found your niche with this. I can't wait to try this myself. Love that color combination you chose. I would have to buy them if I saw them somewhere.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni@WalkingColors

You absolute genius, I love what you've done to those sensible looking shoes! Totally and utterly inspirational! x

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Amazing transformation, how did you get those little dots lined up so perfectly without mistake! They look ACE!

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