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How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

Learn how I created this fabulous fashion makeover that transformed a pair of boring beige leather comfort sandals into fashionable footwear with simple painting, stenciling and embellishing techniques.
Learn how I created this fabulous fashion makeover that transformed a pair of boring beige leather comfort sandals into fashionable footwear with simple painting, stenciling and embellishing techniques. | Source

Give Your Old Shoes a New Lease on Life

Give Them an Easy Face Lift With New Color, Pattern or Embellishments (or All Three)

Do you have a closet full of old shoes that are perfectly wearable but look a bit tired or outdated? Turn them into stylish custom designs with a little fabric paint and maybe some trim for an extra special touch. Just changing the color can make an old pair look like new, and it's quick and easy to do if you know the right technique.

You can also pick up an inexpensive new or used pair of shoes at a discount shoe, vintage or second-hand store and transform them to reflect your own sense of style.

Customize Shoes to Match a New or Favorite Outfit

Choose a pair with a shape you like and use the easy painting and embellishment tips and techniques in this tutorial to transform them so they match or complement the outfit perfectly.

Transform a pair of plain black or white pumps into something spectacular by adding stripes painted with acrylic paint between strips of masking tape. Easy and fabulous!
Transform a pair of plain black or white pumps into something spectacular by adding stripes painted with acrylic paint between strips of masking tape. Easy and fabulous! | Source

The Great Shoe Makeover: Paint Yourself a Closet Full of Fun, Fashionable Leather Shoes, Sandals or Boots

In this easy step-by-step tutorial on how to paint leather shoes, I'll show you how I turned an old, boring pair of beige leather comfort sandals from ho-hum to fabulous. Along the way, I'll share some simple tips for breathing new life into old leather or manmade leather boots, shoes, sandals or handbags or adding some fashion flair to new but ordinary bargains with new colors, trims, and other great details. You can even mix a custom paint color to match a favorite or special occasion outfit!

All you need is some acrylic fabric paint, a couple of paint brushes and some simple supplies like painter's tape, alcohol, and cotton balls to transform ordinary, boring leather shoes and accessories with new fashion colors or colors that match a special outfit.

These step-by-step instructions also explain how to adapt the prep for this painting technique if you're painting manmade rather than genuine leather.

Prefer your accessories to be artsy or to have more bling? Kick it up a notch by adding embellishments like rhinestones, faux gems, ribbons, lace, feathers, fabric or other fun trimmings to your custom painted leather shoes.

Ready to learn how to turn your old shoes, sandals, boots, purses, belts and other leather accessories into your own one-of-a-kind, custom designs? Let's get started!

Have you ever painted or embellished a pair of shoes, boots or sandals?

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Old beige leather comfort sandals prior to being painted and embellished
Old beige leather comfort sandals prior to being painted and embellished | Source

Can These Boring Beige Comfort Sandals be Transformed from Ho-Hum to Hot? See for Yourself!

Finding extra-wide sandals that fit are comfortable enough for my "problem feet" is always a major challenge. Finding ones that also look attractive and fashionable is more like "Mission: Impossible."

My old, worn and matronly looking beige leather sandals were what are euphemistically called "comfort sandals," which is marketing code for low heeled, ugly, clunky and totally devoid of style. They also were the most comfortable shoes in which I had ever walked, with a thick, flexible sole that cushioned my feet. So I decided to take on a seemingly impossible challenge: turning my beat-up, boring, but oh-so-comfy sandals into fun, stylish footwear.

The Best Book on How to Paint Leather Shoes and Embellish Them

I did a lot of research up front so I wouldn't risk ruining my most comfortable sandals. "Sassy Feet" by Margo Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter quickly became my go-to reference resource for information on leather painting and embellishment for this project and others. If you're going to buy only one book on how to paint leather shoes, manmade leather shoes, and fabric shoes, make it "Sassy Feet."

Want more information? Check out my in-depth book review.

The Best Paints for Painting Leather and Manmade Leather Shoes

Photo of Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque acrylic paints and Crafter's Choice brushes.
Photo of Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque acrylic paints and Crafter's Choice brushes. | Source

Three Types of Paint Came up Repeatedly in My Research

  • Angelus Leather Paints: The first was Angelus Leather Paints, acrylic paints made specifically for painting leather shoes, handbags, wallets, etc. From what I could tell, I also would have had to buy their proprietary brand of Leather Preparer, Finisher, and also possibly something called Deglazer. The dealbreaker for me was that I couldn't find a local retailer that carried all the Angelus Leather Paint colors, and I wanted to see them before deciding which ones to buy.
  • Spray Paint: The second was spray paint. I didn't think it would have the flexibility needed to prevent cracking and peeling where the shoe leather creases during walking. And I didn't like the idea of breathing in the paint or propellant vapor.
  • Acrylic Fabric Paint: That left me with the third type of paint that was recommended by several sites for painting leather: acrylic fabric paint. It comes in tons of colors, remains flexible after it dries, adheres well to both genuine leather and manmade leather-like materials. I was quite tempted by the FolkArt Extreme Glitter acrylic fabric paints by Plaid—and I am looking forward to trying them out on a pair of pumps—but I didn't think glitter would look good on my very casual sandals.

Thanks to the information in Sassy Feet, I learned that:

  • Jacquard's Lumiere and Neopaque acrylic paints work beautifully for painting leather shoes (as well as shoes made from manmade leather, but not vinyl, rubber or plastic).
  • Prepping leather for painting requires only a gentle cleaning with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol (or in acetone for manmade leather).
  • Inexpensive Pledge acrylic floor finish works perfectly as a sealer to protect the painted leather or manmade leather.

Now I was ready to start planning my leather shoe painting project in earnest.

What Color Shoes Would YOU Love to Have?

Wall of Shoes
Wall of Shoes | Source

Color Tips to Help Inspire Your Custom Shoe Design

Learning how to paint and embellish leather shoes means you don't have to be at the mercy of whatever seasonal colors the fashion dictators have decreed this year or limit yourself to what's available in stores or online, or in your particular size and width. Now you can choose any color or combination of colors that tickles your fancy, regardless of what's currently in fashion, and paint yourself a fabulous pair of shoes in whatever styles, colors and patterns you prefer.

You can pick a color palette to match the clothes you wear most often or a special favorite outfit. If you wear mostly neutrals, consider adding a pop of color by painting a pair of shoes or sandals in this season's fashion shades.

  1. Don't worry if you make a mistake - it's easy to fix. Don't like the color after all? No problem! Just choose a different shade and paint over the first one. You can always change your mind, and even re-paint your shoes next season, next year, or whenever you wish. If you decide to change the color after you have already applied the clear top coat of Pledge floor finish, simply sand it off gently before you prep and re-paint over the old color.
  2. You can easily mix up a range of shades of that color for a tonal look (including ombré shading) by mixing any Lumiere color (or any custom color you've mixed) with different proportions of Neopaque white or black paint. Adding white paint will create lighter shades of that color, and adding black paint will create darker shades.
  3. Want something bolder? Try using strongly contrasting colors together with color blocking or maybe an animal print pattern. Are you artistic? How about painting your own designs freehand? Or use stencils to add pattern and more color, as I did on my comfort sandal transformation project below.
  4. Remember that you're the designer. Let your imagination run wild and have fun!

Photo of Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque acrylic paint exciter packs
Photo of Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque acrylic paint exciter packs | Source

Deciding on a Color Palette and Choosing the Right Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque Acrylic Paints

My warm weather clothes tend to be in the blue-green palette (mint, turquoise, royal, etc.), so for my sandals I bought three full-sized bottles of Jacquard Lumiere paint in Pearl Turquoise, Halo Blue Gold (a fabulous color-shifting bluish-green shade with shimmering gold flecks), and Pearlescent Blue. Jacquard Lumiere paints come in a gorgeous selection of pearlescent, metallic and even interference (color-shifting) shades, and all of them are beautiful! So I also decided to get both the Jacquard Lumiere Halo & Jewel Colors Exciter Pack and the Jacquard Lumiere & Neopaque Exciter Pack. Each of these samplers includes 9 paint colors, which gave me a wider range of paint colors to play, just in smaller quantities. Between them, the two "exciter packs" also included my three main colors, but since I wasn't sure how much paint I'd need I bought the full-size bottles of those colors. And the Lumiere & Neopaque Exciter Pack includes both Neopaque Black and Neopaque White, so I could mix lighter or darker shades of any color I wanted.

I highly recommend getting both the Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque Exciter Packs I mentioned, which will give you a great choice of colors to accent your main shoe colors. In fact, if you are painting the body of the shoe in more than one color, you may not even need to buy any full-size bottles of the Lumiere and Neopaque paints, depending on how much each color you will be using in your design.

I also recommend getting a bottle of Jacquard Flowable Extender, which can be mixed with Lumiere or Neopaque paints to make them more transparent without thinning the paint consistency or can be mixed with Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments to create transparent, shimmery glazes (which is how I used it).

I already owned a nice assortment of Pearl Ex mica powder, which has a pearlescent or metallic sheen and is fabulous for all sorts of crafts and work well with many different craft materials, including polymer clay. For this project, I purchased two additional colors, Duo Blue-Green and Turquoise. (Unfortunately, the Duo Blue-Green has been discontinued, but there are many other spectacular Pearl Ex colors for you to choose from, including several other color shifting "duo" colors.)

Choosing the Right Paint Brushes for Painting Leather Shoes

Something else I learned on the Sassy Feet site was that soft, synthetic brushes such as white Taklon are the best choice for applying the acrylic fabric paint on leather and man-made leather shoes smoothly. Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter of Sassy Feet recommend the following four brushes for painting leather or manmade leather shoes:

  • #1 or #2 fan brush - an essential brush for covering large areas evenly;
  • #0 or #1 round brush - for painting details or fixing mistakes;
  • #6 or #8 flat shader brush - for painting along (or up to) edges;
  • 1/2" flat shader brush (sometimes called a "wash" brush) - to apply the acrylic sealer (also can be used the same way as the smaller shader brush to cover larger areas at a time).

You can buy a set of all four Crafter's Choice white Taklon paint brushes recommended by Sassy Feet at the Sassy Feet online store. You also can find them both as a set and individually at most large art or craft stores.

Other Types of Paint Applicators

A cool trick I learned from the book "Sassy Feet" is to use a tapered, silicone rubber-tipped Colour Shaper rather than a round brush to create perfectly round, neat dots of paint. I've used and loved Colour Shapers for years with metal clay and polymer clay and I adore them, so it was great to discover yet another good use for them, as well as learning the secret to making perfect paint dots on my shoes! These come in a range of different sizes, shapes, and degrees of firmness, but a firm or extra-firm tip is the best choice for painting dots. If you work with any type of ceramic clay, metal clay, polymer clay, etc., I recommend getting a few sets of them in different sizes, shapes and firmness levels.

Another cool tool for painting large dots is a new, unused eraser end of a regular #2 pencil.

And an alternative to a clay shaper for making tiny dots is to stick a flathead head pin firmly into the eraser end of a new pencil, although getting the pin stem aligned perfectly parallel to the pencil is tricky, and it's important so that the head of the pin is perfectly perpendicular so it creates an evenly round paint dot.

In certain situations, a toothpick can give you more control than a small paint brush for painting certain freehand designs with fine lines, such as snowflakes.

Photo of leather shoe painting preparation supplies
Photo of leather shoe painting preparation supplies | Source

Prep Leather Shoes For Paint With Rubbing Alcohol, Manmade Leather with Acetone

I learned that the best way to prep leather shoes before applying Jacquard Lumiere or Neopaque paints is to clean them gently with rubbing alcohol (AKA 70% isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol) and a cotton ball. Extra-large cotton balls are particularly useful for this task.

If your shoes are made from manmade leather, substitute plain acetone from the hardware store for the rubbing alcohol. Note: Do not substitute nail polish remover unless it says 100% acetone or pure acetone.

If you are painting leather or manmade leather shoes with a shiny finish, including patent leather, I suggest sanding them lightly with a superfine sanding sponge to remove the shiny finish before cleaning them gently with the alcohol (for leather shoes) or acetone (for manmade leather shoes, including patent leather).

Using Painter's Tape to Mask Off Areas of the Shoes

I chose painter's tape rather than masking tape because it is low-tack and less likely to leave a residue on the l leather after it is removed. I tried both Scotch Blue multi-use painter's tape and green FrogTape brand painter's tape. Both worked well to mask off areas from the paint, such as the heels and soles of my sandals, but the Scotch Blue Painter's Tape was easier to remove.

Photo of partially taped off leather sandal prior to painting
Photo of partially taped off leather sandal prior to painting | Source

Watch Destiny Carter (from Sassy Feet) Painting Leather Shoes!

I was thrilled when I discovered a video on YouTube from Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter of Sassy Feet demonstrating their basic shoe painting techniques in action! Actually, Margot is behind the camera and does most of the narration while Destiny demonstrates the painting. I was able to watch this fun demo to get a better idea of what I would be doing while I waited for the book to arrive.

The video also shows examples of a few of the many wonderfully creative painted shoes they've designed, so take a look and get inspired!

Cutting In the Edges Isn't as Easy as it Looks

After all my books, paints, and supplies had arrived, it finally was time to get to the fun part: prepping and painting my shoes (and then embellishing them, although I didn't know I would be doing that at the time)!

The photo above shows my sandals after I prepped everything except the heel and sole with alcohol, taped around the straps with FrogTape painter's tape, and painted the strap at the very front of the right sandal. After discovering that "cutting in" the edges without getting any paint on the sides of the insole wasn't as easy as I had thought, I added some strips of the blue painter's tape to cover the adjacent parts of the insole before starting in on the left sandal.

Custom iridescent paint shade mixed and stored in a contact lens case.
Custom iridescent paint shade mixed and stored in a contact lens case. | Source

Mixing a Custom Paint Color for the Front Strap

For the front straps, I mixed up a custom color by stirring a little of the Turquoise Pearl Ex powdered pigment into a dollop of Pearlescent Turquoise Lumiere paint. Instead of using a paint palette, I used some clean, empty, screw-top contact lens cases (that I had gotten from a colleague for storing small amounts of metal clay air-tight). The acrylic paints dry quickly, and the screw top allowed me to seal the paint if I needed to stop for a break or to answer the phone. (I kept a little leftover custom paint mixture in one of the cases for a few days as a test, and the paint was still perfectly fresh and ready to use.)

After I finished painting the front strap of each sandal, I used the same custom paint mixture (Pearlescent Turquoise Lumiere and Turquoise Pearl Ex pigment) to paint the leather strap at the back.

The finished paint job - designed, created and photographed by Margaret Schindel
The finished paint job - designed, created and photographed by Margaret Schindel | Source

Painting the Remaining Sandal Straps

I also seriously considered using a scissor with a fancy edge to cut out a strip of painter's tape that would cover half of the strap and allow me to paint a more interesting version of color blocking. I own a set of fancy edging scissors in a wooden stand with 12 different designs that would be perfect for this, and also to create interesting border stencil designs around the top edge, throat, or along the heel of a shoe.

You can use automotive detailing tape or drafting tape to mask off straight lines for stripes, grids, etc. And I came across an interesting tape from 3M called "Scotch Artist Tape for Curves" that is designed to create curved lines for masking off pain, which opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities!

Adding Pizazz with Hand-Painted and Stenciled Flourishes

I wanted a somewhat tonal palette of greens and aquas with touches of bright blue. After painting the heel strap in the same custom pearlescent turquoise as the front straps, for the second set of straps in the front I added some Halo Blue Gold and some of the Duo Blue-Green Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments to the leftover paint mixture from the first set of straps, which created a lovely greenish aqua shade. I used straight Halo Blue Gold for the two wide elastic straps on each sandal.

The tonal effect was really pretty and also very subtle, which was the effect I had been aiming for. But after being inspired by the wonderful painted and embellished shoes in Sassy Feet, I knew I wanted to take my sandals a step farther (so to speak). One of the amazing shoe makeovers in "Sassy Feet" that had inspired me to try transforming my own comfort sandals was a pair of sandal-clogs even clunkier than my own pair that had been painted and then stenciled with bright, contrasting colors for a fun, festive, artsy look. So I decided I'd try stenciling the front straps of my sandals.

I didn't want to use a plastic stencil because I knew it would be nearly impossible to avoid getting paint underneath it, since it couldn't conform to the shape of the straps. So I decided to make a stencil by punching decorative holes into painter's tape with a paper punch. I quickly discovered that trying to use the paper punch with just the tape didn't work; the cutouts as well as the punched-out tape got stuck in the punch and getting them out was a major pain. So I decided to try putting a strip of painter's tape on a sheet of plain white paper and punching through both at the same time so that the sticky side of the tape wouldn't touch the punch. It took more force than I could muster to get through both layers, but after enlisting the help of my husband, I was able to get exactly what I needed. We used the punch upside-down so that we could align the end motif from the punched-out strip with the matching motif at the beginning of the punch die, which created a punched-out strip with a continuous, properly-spaced design. The tricky part was separating the punched-out tape stencil from the paper, which required the use of an X-ACTO knife and a lot of patience, since the pressure required to punch through both layers had bonded the tape to the paper rather firmly and removing the tape without tearing any of the delicate punched-out motifs wasn't easy. Also, the little punched-out parts that weren't attached to the main part of the strip tended to curl up. But we finally got them separated and straightened out.

I carefully applied the punched-out tape stencils to the front straps of both sandals and smoothed down each motif carefully to make sure there was good contact around all the edges so no paint would seep underneath. Then I mixed up a custom paint color by combining Pearlescent Blue Lumiere paint (a gorgeous royal blue pearl shade) with some of the Turquoise Pearl Ex powdered pigments and used a wedge-shaped cosmetic sponge to dab on the paint. I allowed the first coat to dry briefly and then applied a second coat, and after just a couple of minutes I carefully pulled off the painter's tape stencil, which I wanted to do before the paint dried completely.

After the stenciled paint design was completely dry, I mixed up a glaze from the Jacquard Flowable Extender and the Pearl Ex Duo Blue-Green powdered pigments and brushed it over the stenciled straps to soften the contrast a bit. The sandals were looking really good, and I was thrilled!

Making Stencils for Painting Shoes

The paper punch I used to create my stencil (from painter's tape) was an Anna Griffin design that I purchased many years ago and has long since been discontinued, but there are many wonderful paper punch designs for you to choose from to create your own shoe painting stencils. If you want to stencil in a straight line, as I did on my straps, choose a border punch. Otherwise, there are some fabulous large motifs that would look super on a shoe's vamp, back seam, or heel. There also are self-adhesive punched paper borders or stickers you could use.

"Sassy Feet" also suggests a cool two-step reverse "stenciling technique" that is actually easier than doing a regular stencil. Paint the shoe the color you want the stenciled design, pattern or embellishment to be and let it dry. Then apply self-adhesive paper stickers, paint on the background color, and then carefully lift up an edge of each sticker with the tip of a craft knife and peel it away to reveal the color underneath. Clever idea!

Instead of using commercial stickers, you also could use paper punches or craft scissors that cut fancy borders or edges to punch or cut out self-adhesive sticker paper to create your own unique shapes for reverse stenciling.

After I finally scraped off the tenacious, cracked paint from the elastic straps they were badly stretched out and stained.
After I finally scraped off the tenacious, cracked paint from the elastic straps they were badly stretched out and stained. | Source

I Paid the Price for Ignoring the Book's Advice About Painting Elastic

I had read the warning in "Sassy Feet" not to use Jacquard fabric paints on elastic or stretch fabrics. But I loved my harmonious color scheme, and the Jones Tones fabric and craft paints they recommended instead for elastic or stretch fabrics weren't available on Amazon, and I didn't want to have to introduce another color into my already harmonious color scheme. OK, the real reason was that I was impatient to finish and wear my pretty new sandals and didn't want to have to track down another type of paint.

Not following Margot's and Destiny's advice about painting elastic turned out to be a BIG mistake. After admiring my lovely paint job I decided to try on my sandals before applying a protective clear top coat. To my horror, as I slipped them on the beautiful, even coat of Halo Blue Gold paint on the elastic strap across my instep fractured into dozens of tiny, ragged-edged stripes. Aaarrggghhh!!! I had no one to blame but myself and was kicking myself ignoring the experts' explicit advice.

Fortunately, the elastic strap at the front of each sandal hadn't stretched noticeably when I put on the sandal and the paint on those straps didn't crack. But I definitely needed to remove the paint from the top strap across the instep. However, I had applied three or four coats of paint over the elastic to get a nice, even coating and the fractured paint held on tenaciously to the elastic. In desperation, I even tried brushing it off with a brass-bristle brush meant for metal, but that paint clearly had made a commitment and wasn't going anywhere! The only thing that worked was to hold the elastic in a stretched-out state while digging and scraping off the paint with the thumbnail of my other hand.

In addition to shredding the tips of my thumbnails, this process also had the unfortunate side-effect of permanently stretching out the elastic straps, which had picked up some of the blue pigment and were now a dull, faded-looking, almost denim color. They no longer held the sandals against my foot and, as you can see in the photo, the edges of the stretched-out elastic were now rippled. Now what?

Reinforcing the stretched-out elastic strap with strong, thin elastic. Photo by Margaret Schindel, all rights reserved.
Reinforcing the stretched-out elastic strap with strong, thin elastic. Photo by Margaret Schindel, all rights reserved. | Source

Reinforcing the Stretched-Out Elastic

I had no idea yet how I was going to fix the aesthetic problem I had created, but it was obvious my first challenge was to address the structural problem — namely what do do about the loose, flabby elastic in the paint scraped straps!

I dug through my old sewing notions drawer and, luckily, found some narrow, white, flat elastic that was at least 10–15 years old but still seemed to have good stretch-and-recovery properties. I also found some elastic thread and promptly used it to sew a strip of flat elastic along the center the straps. My stitching wasn't especially neat or even (sewing isn't one of my better skills), but I knew the elastic and stitching would be covered with something (although I hadn't yet figured out how or with what) so I didn't worry about it.

I tried on the sandals again and was pleased that I had succeeded in stabilizing the straps while maintaining enough stretch to pull them on easily. Whew!

Option 1: The Iridescent Sequin Strap

Covering the reinforced elastic strap with stretch sequin trim.
Covering the reinforced elastic strap with stretch sequin trim. | Source

I Could Hardly Believe It When I Found Perfectly Matching Wide Stretch Trim with Iridescent Sequins!

I took one of my sandals to the fabric store to see what type of stretchy trim and/or embellishments might work to cover up the stabilized elastic straps. All the ribbons and trims that looked good with my paint color scheme weren't stretchy, and none of the stretchy trims seemed to coordinate with my paint colors. I had asked my husband to come along since he has a wonderful and artistic eye, and I was about to give up when he suddenly spotted some wide, elastic trim covered with fabulous, transparent, iridescent square sequins that color shifted from light aqua to light green. Excited, I snatched up a yard right away! The photo shows what it looks like covering the strap of one sandal, as well as the blue-green rose montée rhinestone I sewed carefully onto the still-painted elastic strap in the front.

Option 2: The Mega-Jeweled Strap

Aqua faux jewels sewn onto the stretched-out elastic strap.
Aqua faux jewels sewn onto the stretched-out elastic strap. | Source

Go Big or Go Home with Rhinestones and Faux Jewels

At the same moment that my husband spotted the sequin elastic trim, I spotted some large, oval, faceted aqua sew-on faux jewels that were the perfect width for the strap. I found some matching thread and brought home both the sequin elastic trim and the aqua faux jewels so I could try both options.

Here you can see what the strap of the other sandal looks like after I sewed on the faux jewels. Again, my stitching is far from perfect, but unless someone's face is within a foot of my foot, it looks fine. I wrapped and tacked some of the sewing thread around the edges of the jewels and in between them to hide the white elastic I had used to stabilize the strap.

I liked the look of the rose montée rhinestone on the sequin strap version and decided to sew on three of them in a row for this jeweled strap version.

Tips for Attaching Plain Flat-Back Crystals or Hot-Fix Crystals

If your shoe or sandal is made of non-stretchy fabric, you can attach flat-back crystals with Gemtac glue or use hot-fix crystals. Imagine encrusting the heel of a plain black or jewel-tone satin pump with clear or colored Swarovski crystals in a faux pavé look!

Decisions, Decisions... My Sandal Strap Makeover Options Side-by-Side

Which solution looks better, the bejeweled strap or the sequin trim strap?
Which solution looks better, the bejeweled strap or the sequin trim strap? | Source

Which of My Sandal Strap Makeover Options Do You Prefer?

Do you like the sequinned strap version or the jeweled strap version better?

Doing the Bling Thing and Painting the Insoles

Thanks to the generous input I received in the poll from visitors to this page, I ultimately decided to go with the jeweled strap. So I removed the sequin trim from the left sandal and sewed on jewels to match the right sandal.

Unfortunately when I tried on my blingy "new" upcycled sandals to admire my handiwork, I didn't like the look of the original tan insole that showed at the front. I gave myself a pedicure with one of my fun new aqua nail polish colors for summer to see whether that would make any difference, but the crescent of tan leather in front of my toes still bothered me.

I mixed up a new paint color halfway between the pearlescent aqua blue of the narrow leather straps in front and the metallic aqua-green-gold of the large diagonal elastic strap immediately behind them. Then I used that new shade to paint the insole, including the edges that showed all the way around.

I tried them on again and they definitely looked a lot nicer! But I still didn't like how much of the (now painted) insole showed past my toes, and I realized that the bright iridescent blue stenciling that I had put only on the thin strap at the very front needed to be repeated somewhere to tie everything together harmoniously.

I painted freehand flourishes on the front edges that would peek out in front of my toes.
I painted freehand flourishes on the front edges that would peek out in front of my toes. | Source

The Finishing Touch: Freehand Painted Decorations

I came up with a solution that would solve both problems: I would paint the bright blue stencil pattern from the strap in mirror image to fill in the section at the front that extended beyond my toes! Unfortunately, some of the delicate tendrils on the stencil tape had torn when I removed the tape after stenciling the front straps. And I really wanted the pattern to curve ever so slightly at the ends to match the shape of the front of the insoles. So I did something ludicrously ambitious for my very first try at painting leather: I painted a mirror image of the stencil design freehand, using a very small round paint brush!

As you can see, my attempt to replicate the stencil design in mirror image was far from perfect. Even so, I was really happy with the way it turned out. And this time when I tried on the sandals again I loved the results!

Adding the Protective Clear Coat

Now that I had finished all the painting it was time to apply a flexible clear coat to seal and protect the acrylic paint.

I brushed a thin, even coat of Pledge with Future Shine Premium Floor Finish over the painted straps, as recommended in the book and allow it to dry overnight. The clear coat was extremely shiny when I applied it, and I was worried that my sandals were going to end up looking like patent leather — definitely NOT the look I was after! So I was delighted to see that after it dried completely the clear coat's effect on the painted leather's appearance was fairly subtle.

Note: The marketing folks over at SC Johnson changed the names of their Pledge with FutureShine floor finishes, and now choosing the right product is very confusing. You can use Pledge FloorCare Wood Finish (NOT Pledge FloorCare Wood Trigger, Pledge FloorCare Wood Concentrated Cleaner or Pledge FloorCare Wood Squirt & Mop) to seal your painted shoes. (I don't know whether Pledge FloorCare Multi Surface Finish might work also.)

Before and After: The Big Reveal!

Here's another look at how my leather sandals looked before I started beautifying them, and the completed painted and embellished final product.

Before the Makeover ...

Before: The unpainted sandal
Before: The unpainted sandal | Source

... and the Finished Hand-Painted and Embellished Sandals

Ta-da! Don't the finished sandals look cool?
Ta-da! Don't the finished sandals look cool? | Source

I think it's a pretty awesome transformation, especially considering what I started with and the fact that it was my first try at painting and embellishing leather shoes. And now that I've got all my supplies, a little experience, and quite a bit more confidence I'm already planning several more shoe makeovers. I also bought a cute leather bag that I'm planning to paint to coordinate with or complement my "new" leather sandals!

Concerned That You're Not Creative Enough, or That You'll Mess Up Your Shoes by Painting Them? Not to Worry!

Worried you're not "creative enough"? Don't be.
Worried you're not "creative enough"? Don't be. | Source

Artistic Talent Is Not a Requirement!

If you can press on strips of tape and use a paint brush you can paint your own leather or manmade leather shoes and make them look terrific — I promise!

And if you're worried about messing up your favorite pair of shoes, remember that fixing mistakes is easy. Even if you hate the color or design, you can just repaint it! If you're really worried, buy an inexpensive pair to practice on.

So relax, dream big, and have fun planning your first (or next) hand-painted shoes project.

Always go for the jewels!

knitstricken 3 years ago

I would choose both! Who says they have to match exactly! :o)


dunky400 3 years ago

Jewels rule and so do you.


sheriangell 3 years ago

Yep the jewels rule!


RhondaAlbom 3 years ago from New Zealand

I think I like the painted no jewels or sequins best, but between the two, jewels win.


LaraineRoses 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

How about wearing one of each? :) I really like the jewels best!


delia-delia 4 years ago

I like both but would worry about the sequins bothering me...you did a great job on both selections.


daoine lm 4 years ago

The big jewels look awesome!


anonymous 4 years ago

The jewels seem more sophisticated and elegant to me. The sequins have a casual, flashy, look-at-me effect. The jewels would be preferable to me.


anonymous 4 years ago

I love the jewels!


Kailua-KonaGirl 4 years ago from New York

I like them both. I favor the jeweled ones though while my granddaughter favors the sequins.


MerandaJade 4 years ago

I have to say I like the jeweled ones better. They just come together better.


anonymous 4 years ago

The jewels look more couture.


AskPat 4 years ago

I like them both. However, I like the bling(jeweled) strap version better!


lesnavich 4 years ago

Definitely the jewelled strap!


anonymous 4 years ago

Jewels are nice.


daemel 4 years ago

The jewels have a cleaner look and remind me less of the pep rallys in high school where all the cheerleaders would have that sequined stretch headband.


julieannbrady 4 years ago

Well, I like a combination and favor the jewels a tad bit more.


loiuseanne 4 years ago

I like the jeweled strap version. Simple yet elegant. This is really cool. I have lots of old sandals and slippers at home which I think can be remedied using this. I think I can do this with my slippers, right? :)


gemjane 4 years ago

Jewels are pretty, but both are very snazzy!


costumesngifts 4 years ago

Both look absolutely fab but I go for the jeweled straps because they're more sophisticated looking


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    Sequin straps are sassy!

    ecogranny 16 months ago from San Francisco

    Sequins for me, all the way!


    beliza 2 years ago

    Beautiful Margaret. I really want to try this.


    mumsgather 2 years ago

    This is great. Now I know what to do with my old leather favorite that my husbands keeps on telling me to throw away.


    Kimberley Vico 3 years ago

    I sure like what you did to both sandals but prefer the sequins! I really like the stencil use too...!


    yogolinda 3 years ago

    sequinned strap for me


    lesliesinclair 4 years ago

    The sequins are really light catchers.


    julia007 4 years ago

    sequin straps are better!


    sharonbellis 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Wow this was a hard decision, I really like both versions but if I am forced to choose I guess I would go with the sequins.


    anonymous 4 years ago

    Love the Sequins! They seem elegant and the shimmer of reflected colors reminds me of light glittering on the sea. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely rescue technique for languishing shoes. :)


    cgmom88 4 years ago

    Sequinned straps would be my favorite. I really like your lens post.


    Khali64 4 years ago

    I like them both, but if I have to choose, it would be the sequinned one :-)


    randomthings lm 4 years ago

    I think i like the sequin strap best...although they both rock.


    Aquablocks 4 years ago

    I like the sequined strap version. Looks like it can be varied to match with the dress code.


    JLally 4 years ago

    I like the iridescence of the sequins.


    GeorgeneMBramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

    Sequin straps!

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      ecogranny 16 months ago from San Francisco

      So glad to find this page! Two years ago, I bought a pair of white sandals to wear to a wedding, then didn't wear them. I'm really not a white sandal kind of woman, so I changed my outfit to match the faux golden snakeskin sandals I liked best.

      Those white sandals are still taking up space in my closet. I don't throw them out because this brand is almost as comfortable on my feet as my expensive walking shoes. But what to do with them? Now I know. This will be a fun project. Thank you, Margaret.


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      MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      The before and after photos are strikingly different. I never would have thought of this on my own but it is a fabulous idea. I have some old, tired shoes that are just begging for me to give them a new look.


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      Adventuretravels 2 years ago from London UK

      I love shoes and get very sad when I have to stop wearing them because they look past their best -so this would be a perfect solution to that problem! I really like this -think I might have a go! Thanks for sharing Sassy Feet


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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      Have fun, Tawnya! This works beautifully on leather and manmade leather footwear but not rubber. I can't wait to see what you create! :D


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      TJHousel 2 years ago from NE Ohio

      I've only ever tried embellishing flip flops. I can't wait to try this!


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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      The idea of painting old shoes has never occurred to me. This is a remedy for like when I have found a pair of comfy sandals, but hated the color, and ended up leaving them on store shelf.


      curleegirlee1 2 years ago

      I actually enjoyed this article very much. I'm not a very crafty person but I am a very frugal one. This makes me want to go by a cheap pair and just have fun with it. Your writing style flowed easily and kept me engaged all the way through. Excellent job (on the article and the shoes)!


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      Nancy Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think you did a marvelous job. I love the stencil work on the shoes, very attractive. When I was in the Army, we had to strip our leather shoes with lighter fluid, and re-dye them, and then spit polish them on the new dye. That was so they looked like patent leather....GEEZ, why couldn't we just have had patent leather in the first place? hahaha! I've never painted any of my shoes these days, but it's an interesting concept, and nice to know that I can if I want to.


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      Andromachi 2 years ago

      I think your lens is great. I haven't thought of painting myself my shoes.

      Now I regret giving away some of my shoes.

      Never again I will use everything I have learnt here and make my tired shoes new again. I can't thank you enough.


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      takkhisa 3 years ago

      What a great lens! You have got everything you need from Squidoo for this lens, such as LotD, purple star, many Squidlikes. However, you will be happy to know that, from my point of view, this is the best lens I have visited so far today :)


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      artbyrodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

      This looks like such fun to do...and then you can wear them! Congrats on being in the top 200 lenses.


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      Scarlettohairy 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you did a really good job! I like the colors you chose! The stenciling is great too!


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      OhMe 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun! Love your painted shoes and enjoyed reading this. Congrats for being featured on the Bravo Squidoo!


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      SheilaSchnauzies 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I've done this more than once! My most recent transform was a pair of boring black leather sandals last summer. I freehand painted on a floral design by hand with, of all things, nail art polish! I added glitter centers to the flowers with glitter nail polish. Wore them out the same evening and got loads of compliments! Awesome lens, blessed!


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      Kimberley Vico 3 years ago

      I've always wanted to do something special to my wedding shoes... now I've got to find them!


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      jayavi 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. this is a good idea even boys can surprise their girl friends with some small effort.


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      knitstricken 3 years ago

      Fun fun fun! This and all of your lenses are so captivating, so well written. I'm inspired to give this a try!


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @dunky400: Wow, thanks for that awesome compliment! :) Go for it - and let me know how you fare with your faux! ;)


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      dunky400 3 years ago

      I think you are amazing. lol. I am on it! Going for a faux.


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @myspace9: Wow, thanks for that awesome compliment! :)


      myspace9 3 years ago

      Very unique idea to paint your shoes, this lens is fantastic.


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks very much, Dave!


      anonymous 3 years ago

      It may not take a lot of creativity to paint shoes, but it is a very creative idea. I would have never thought of painting shoes.


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @donna-gwinditges: Jump in and give it a try, Donna! If you're really nervous, pick up an low-cost pair on clearance at Payless Shoes or another discount store so you can test out your design and practice your skills before you paint your favorite pair. Best of luck and have fun! :)


      donna-gwinditges 3 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Definitely! I hope I get the courage to try it.


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @donna-gwinditges: My pleasure, Donna! I'm glad you enjoyed it. On these sandals, which I wear barefoot in the summer (when the soles of my feet tend to perspire quite a bit), I've had to touch up the paint on the insole once or twice during the summer and then re-seal with Future acrylic floor finish. The painted insoles on my fall and winter pumps, which I wear with pantyhose, haven't needed to be touched up at all so far. I hope that helps!


      donna-gwinditges 3 years ago

      Thanks for the great instructions and for listing all the products you used. How long did it take for the paint to rub off the part where your foot rests? Just wondering how long it lasts.


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @sheriangell: Many thanks for your lovely feedback and your blessing! :)


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      sheriangell 3 years ago

      I don't know if I have the patience for this, but I have a friend who repaints EVERYTHING she can get her hands on. She will surely go crazy over this, especially since she's a shoe junkie too! Excellent lens and Angel blessed today!


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @RhondaAlbom: Many thanks for your lovely comment and for your Squid Angel blessing. Much appreciated! I look forward to hearing how your shoe makeover turns out. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: My pleasure! I hope your shoe makeovers turn out great. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @primoz11: Thanks very much!


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      RhondaAlbom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This is such a great idea! And with these directions should be possible for us. I will be back next month to let you know how they look. For now ~Squid Angel Blessed


      anonymous 3 years ago

      Wow, this is fantastic! A few of my shoes would need a makeower, thank you for the idea.


      primoz11 3 years ago

      nice lens


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: I'm glad it inspired you! :)


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Never thought about painting shoes before, thanks for the idea!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @ambervaprice: Thanks, Amber! Don't be scared. You don't need to be artistic to do this! And if you don't like what you've painted, you can just paint over it. :)


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      ambervaprice 4 years ago

      Great lens! I am so scared that I'll mess my shoes up though, lol. I am not really the artistic type.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thank you so much!!! I truly appreciate the compliment and the blessings. :)


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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      SUCH A CREATIVE LENS. Blessed :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @LaraineRoses: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and kind congratulations! Both are greatly appreciated. I'm delighted that you are considering giving some of your shoes a fashion makeover. If you do, I'd love to see your new creations! :)


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      LaraineRoses 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A wonderful idea and you did such a lovely job! I have a couple of pairs of shoes I was going to give away .. maybe I'll practice on them. Congratulations on you LotD and Purple Star Wins - this lens deserves the awards!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @delia-delia: Thanks so much for your truly lovely comments and your Squid Angel blessing! :)


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      delia-delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and Purple Star! What a great lens and subject...this is really a wonderful creative idea. I'm very fond of rehabbing things and recycling things in art. Thanks for sharing!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @magnetic06 lm: Thanks very much! I'm so glad you found these ideas useful.


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      magnetic06 lm 4 years ago

      awesome lens, useful ideas


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @ModellingAdvice1: Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you like this lens and my sandal makeover. :)


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      ModellingAdvice1 4 years ago

      They are absolutely beautiful! Great lens!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you SO much, Rose! I am honored and humbled by all your recognition of this lens!


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      Gypzeerose 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens and such a frugal idea! I have pinned this to a brand new board made just for you "Pretty for Cheap" - sent this out by google plus and blessed this lens. Great pictures, clear directions. A craft that most people can do.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @BabyGirl1940: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed this lens and I hope you get a chance to try out these shoe painting tips and techniques. :)


      BabyGirl1940 4 years ago

      What a fun idea!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @fugeecat lm: So glad you enjoyed learning about this technique!


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      fugeecat lm 4 years ago

      This is a great way to recycle some old shoes. Thanks for sharing.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @lbrummer: Thanks so much for your kind comment and for sharing this with your daughter and daughter-in-law! I agree with you that college-aged girls would find this fun to do. In fact, women of all ages seem to enjoy it! :)


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      lbrummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very informative lens. I've sent this to my daughter and daughter in-law. I think their college aged girls would find this fun to do. Thanks!!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Stacy Birch: Thank you! :)


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      Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      Jewels are better, I think you made an ugly pair cute.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @WinWriter: Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed this lens. :)


      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Wow! Cute cute cute. I'd never thought of this before.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @JennySui: Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it. :)


      JennySui 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD! Beautiful lens.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @sheezie77: Thanks so much for letting me know! :)


      sheezie77 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed this lens, squidlike!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @streetlegaltees: Thanks for the lovely comment.


      streetlegaltees 4 years ago

      very creative!!! great way to convert old pair of shoes in to new one.i appriciate you.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks! :)


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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Can't say anything that hasn't already been said!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @rushfashion: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed this lens. I really like SoCrafty, too! :)


      rushfashion 4 years ago

      Love it, I really like SoCrafty!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks so much for the lively compliments and congratulations! Much appreciated. :)


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      Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      What an awesome way to make over an old pair of shoes! Congratulations on the purple star and lotd!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @aesta1: Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I hope you have fun painting and embellishing your shoes. :)


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      aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really worth the LOTD award. I just came home from walking through a street here in Hanoi where store after store sell every kind of embellishment ever produced. I will have to do some shoe embellishment based on your lens here.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you so much for this awesome comment! I'm very grateful to you for your kind words and congratulations and for letting me know that this lens has inspired you to get started on your granddaughter's show painting project sooner. :)


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      Kailua-KonaGirl 4 years ago from New York

      Really great lens. It has inspired me to get my GD's project going sooner. A huge congrats on your LOTD and Purple Star. You deserve it!.

      *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Arts & Design » So Crafty Magazine" neighborhood. Well done.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @goo2eyes lm: Thanks so much for your very kind words and your blessing, Gloria! I'm very grateful for both.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @MerandaJade: I'm so glad to hear that I've inspired you to try using some of these techniques on your own old shoes! Thanks very much for letting me know.


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      goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

      this lens really deserved to be the LoD and deserved to win the purple star trophy. congratulations.


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      MerandaJade 4 years ago

      Very creative! I think I'll try to makeover some of my old shoes now. You've inspired me!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Shivani09 LM: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! Glad I could share these techniques with you.


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      Shivani09 LM 4 years ago

      I love this lens!! Amazing way to restore old shoes! Never knew it could be done with leather as well


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @soaringsis: Thanks so much for letting me know you love it! Much appreciated. :)


      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Just love this lens, now I know what to do with my old shoes. Thank you for the info.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @teristazko: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)


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      teristazko 4 years ago

      Who knew!?! Great idea! Super informative lens...I really enjoyed it.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @AskPat: You're very welcome, Pat! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it. :)


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      AskPat 4 years ago

      Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @julia007: Thanks very much, Julia!


      julia007 4 years ago

      Very useful Lens about painting shoes!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @sharonbellis: Thanks so much for the lovely compliment! :)


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      sharonbellis 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      What an awesome lens, I never thought of "renovating" my shoes - great ideas!


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      @anonymous: Thanks so much! :)


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congrats on being on the first page.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks! I hope you get a chance to try out these techniques on some of your old shoes.


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh my, what a great idea. I have never thought about doing that with my old shoes before.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @julieannbrady: Thanks so much for your kind feedback and your SquidAngel blessings, Julie! Yes, there definitely is a niche opportunity for doing custom shoe painting and embellishment for high-end customers; that's what Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter of Sassy Feet do. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @DreamingBoomer: Thanks very much, Karen! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @linkreggie: My pleasure, Myra! Thanks so much for your kind comment.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @PastorCher: Thanks - and absolutely! :)


      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I love what you have done with your shoes and see a niche opportunity to custom shoes for discriminating ladies.


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      DreamingBoomer 4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      So cute! Thanks so much for sharing so much detail. Looks like fun! Congrats on LOTD~!


      linkreggie 4 years ago

      Nice right up and very informative and fashionable content.. thanks for sharing!.


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      PastorCher 4 years ago from United States

      You did a good job with these. Up to the challenge or heels?


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @productinfo: Thanks for the lovely compliment! :)


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      productinfo 4 years ago

      Really great lens!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @gemjane: Thanks for the compliment! Trust me, even if you don't feel up to thinking up embellishments, you definitely CAN paint your own leather shoes a different color successfully! It's surprisingly easy and doesn't require any creativity other than choosing which shoes to paint and deciding which color to paint them. ;)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thank you for letting me know.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks very much! Those are the colors I wear most of the time. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @CherylsArt: Cheryl, thanks so much for you wonderful comment and for blessing this lens! Both are greatly appreciated.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for your kind comment and congratulations!


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      gemjane 4 years ago

      I could never do this, but a very cool idea for someone who has the ideas and talent!


      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like this lens very much

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great result. Love the colors you used :)


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      CherylsArt 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow! Amazing. You did a wonderful job of making your old shoes new, and fancy enough for a wedding too, if you choose.


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratz on your LOTD, Thumbs Up!


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      @Eliterocks: Thanks very much!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @cgmom88: Thanks so much! I'm glad you found it inspiring. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @julescorriere: Thank you so much for your kind comment, congratulations, and SquidAngel blessing! They all are greatly appreciated!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @casquid: Thanks for the great comment! :)


      Eliterocks 4 years ago

      this is a great idea


      cgmom88 4 years ago

      I love this post and I have never thought about it before. This is great.


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      julescorriere 4 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Terrific lens, great idea. Congratulations on your purple star and LOTD. Blessed!


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      casquid 4 years ago

      Fun, flirty and easy. Who doesn't like that!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @blessedmomto7: Thank you very much! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @NC Shepherd: That's wonderful! Thanks for the lovely compliment. I'm glad this lens inspired you!


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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD


      NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      Your sandals look fantastic! I'm inspired to go hit the thrift store just to get shoes to try this with.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @aquarian_insight: Thanks so much for the lovely compliment and kind congratulations! I'm delighted that you'll be trying out these techniques on your own footwear. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @JuneMary LM: Thanks! I'm so glad.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @ByrlLane: Thanks for the kind compliment and glad you like the video! Just one caveat - if your flip-flops are rubber, I don't think the paint will adhere without flaking off over time.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @brendajoy: Brenda, thank you SO much for your wonderful feedback! I'm truly grateful to you.


      aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      A fabulous lens! Thank you so much - I shall definitely be vamping up my footwear. Congratulations on LoTD.


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      JuneMary LM 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading that!. Thank you.


      ByrlLane 4 years ago

      Great lens - the video helped me. I'd like to try it on my old flip-flops for fun.


      brendajoy 4 years ago

      I might have to try this. I, too, have wide feet and they are short. All my life I have worn ugly shoes. That is going out the window. Obviously, your research was meticulous; because your article is informative, detail packed, and specifically illustrated. I wish I had written that. Fantastic, times 2! Wink, wink.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @MariaMontgomery: Great! I hope you have fun and great results when you paint and embellish them. :)


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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Sooooo cool! I may have to try this on some old pink sandals that I had put in a box for a future yard sale. Thanks.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for you very kind comments - much appreciated!


      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a seriously excellent lens. Congratulations on getting LOTD!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @PennyHowe: Thank you so much for that wonderful feedback and for your kind congratulations! :)


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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      I love your ending pictures! A great way to conclude your excellent lens. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day award.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @JodiFromFlorida: Thanks so much, Jodi! Have fun painting your footwear finds. :)


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      JodiFromFlorida 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! It's something that I may try in the future if I see a pair of shoes that I like in the wrong color.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @KateHonebrink: Thank you so much, Kate! I really appreciate the wonderful feedback and your congratulations for the LotD. I'm so pleased that you like it enough to share with your friends! :)


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      KateHonebrink 4 years ago

      Love, love, love this article! I'm sending it to all my friends and they'll love it, too! Great job! It's no wonder you received a well-deserved LotD for this lens! Congrats!!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @journey103: Thank you for such wonderful feedback! I hope you have a great time using these techniques on some of your older sandals.


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      journey103 4 years ago from USA

      WOW, what a great lens and great idea. I would love to try this on some of my older sandels and give them a makeover. Looks like a lotof fun! Thanks for such a creative lens!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @bridgetL2U: Thanks so much for you kind compliment, Bridget! :)


      bridgetL2U 4 years ago

      Just LOVE your creations!!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @jakealoo: Thanks very much for your wonderful compliments and for your kind congratulations!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @KimGiancaterino: Kim, thank you SO much for your wonderful feedback and also for your SquidAngel blessings! I'm extremely grateful to you for them!


      jakealoo 4 years ago

      Very creative and beautifully put together lens. Great job having fun with something that you enjoy. Congrats on the lens o t day!!


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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      This is an excellent how-to lens. Congratulations on LOTD! I have dozens of extra contact lens cases and couldn't bear to toss them. Now I'm glad I didn't -- what a neat solution for mixing and storing paint.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @MartieG: Thank you SO much for the fabulous feedback and your SquidAngel blessings! I'm extremely grateful to you for both of them!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Faye Rutledge: Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments and congratulations! :)


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      MartieG 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      This is fantastic! I'm so glad I didn't throw out my last years boring sandals-can't wait to give this a try! :>) ~~~blessed~~~~

      Congrats on a well deserved LotD!


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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      You did a great job on the sandals and the lens! Congratulations on your purple star and LotD!!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @tslizzy: Thanks! Glad you found these ideas inspiring.


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      tslizzy 4 years ago

      what a great makeover for my feet. good isea


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Johanna Eisler: I'm so glad that these idea will be helpful to you! Have fun with your own footwear makeovers! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @soaringsis: Thanks very much! I'm glad you like these ideas and I hope you have fun painting some of your own pairs. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @webdevelopmentservices: Some people prefer simple styles and others like fancier ones...and many of us enjoy wearing both types. Variety is the spice of life! :)


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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      This is awesome. I've got the same frustrating situation with only boring shoes in my size . . . so my mental wheels are beginning to turn. Thank you so much!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @MarcellaCarlton: What wonderful ideas you have for applying these techniques, Marcella! Thanks so much for sharing and for the wonderful feedback! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @favored: Thanks for the lovely compliment, Fay, and for your SquidAngel blessings! I'm very grateful for both. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Jadelynx-HP: Wow, what a fabulous compliment! Thanks so much! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you so much for your compliment and for your SquidAngel blessing! Both are greatly appreciated!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Julia Morais: Thanks for the compliment and don't feel bad about the shoes you got rid of. I've given away shoes, too, that I know now I could have transformed into something cool. Fortunately, you also can use these techniques on shoes that were marked down because they were an unpopular color and make them any shade you please! :)


      soaringsis 4 years ago

      What a great idea for shoes that are blah.Those hoes that you painted are so cute. Thanks for the idea.


      webdevelopmentservices 4 years ago

      these Simple designs are more beautiful and attractive... as compare to fancy designs... I don't know why girls would like to wear fancy shoes


      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      NEW SHOES AND PURSES FOR MARCELLA! THESE WOULD MAKE WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR OTHERS TOO! THAT OLD LEATHER COAT NEW AGAIN, NEW COLOR! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS LENS.


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      favored 4 years ago from USA

      They certainly do look different. You did a nice job with covering all the steps and even the mishaps. A fun idea.


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      Jadelynx-HP 4 years ago from Michigan

      This is one of the coolest lenses I have ever seen ! Thanks so much for sharing.


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      SheGetsCreative 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I first saw this on Pinterest. Haven't tried it yet, but definitely a clever (and frugal) craft idea! *blessed*


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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      This is so cool. I got rid of old shoes before....wish I'd taken the time to see if i could have given them a makeover instead.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @vetochemicals: Thanks very much for your wonderful comment! :)


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      vetochemicals 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Very smart fix for the elastic band problem! Have fun painting more of your shoes, you'll look fabulous:)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @bossypants: Thanks so much for your great feedback! :)


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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Amazing transformation! You've provided everything anyone would need to bravely embark on a shoe painting adventure!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @faye durham: Thank you so much for your kind words, Faye!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback and kind congratulations! I'm delighted that you plan to use the information to transform your own sandals. :)


      faye durham 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. What a great sandal make over. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Scotties-Rock: Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments, congratulations, and for your SquidAngel blessings. They all are greatly appreciated!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @joykennel: Thanks so much for the fabulous compliments! I'm delighted that you enjoyed this lens enough to want to share it with others. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @SheilaMilne: Sheila, I encourage you to give it a try on an old pair of shoes that is on its "last legs" so you're not risking a favorite pair. This doesn't require any crafting skills - it's really easy!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks very much! I appreciate your kind feedback and I'm glad that you enjoyed seeing how I salvaged the "elastic disaster." :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @agoofyidea: Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! I really appreciate it.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @kerilovesadeal: Thanks for the lovely compliment! I'm so glad you're planning to use this information to give some of your beloved shoes a new lease on life. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @KarenCookieJar: Sounds cool! Were they fabric or leather? If they were leather, did the paint hold up well over time or did it start to crack where the leather creases (just behind the toes)?


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much for your very kind feedback and also for blessing this lens! Much appreciated!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Darla Dixon: Thanks! I'm delighted that you found this information interesting and timely.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @SecondHandJoe LM: Thanks so much, Joe! I really appreciate your lovely comment.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @JoshK47: Thank you very much for your great feedback, congratulations, and your SquidAngel blessings! I'm very grateful to you for them all! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @asiliveandbreathe: Thanks very much! I'm totally with you on the bling thing. ;)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @writerkath: Thank you SO much for the wonderful compliments, congratulations, and your SquidAngel blessing! All very much appreciated! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! What a lovely thing to write! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thanks so much, Linda! I really appreciate your kind comment.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @njoylife42day: Wonderful! I'm sure you'll love your old shoes after their new "makeover." :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @EpicFarms: Thank you for your very kind feedback! I'm delighted that you found the step-by-step instructions and tips useful. Have fun painting your shoes!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @cleanyoucar: Thanks - glad you found them useful!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @stylishimo1: Thank you for the fantastic feedback! I would be absolutely delighted for you to link to this lens from one of your shoe lenses. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @thememorybooksh1: Thank you so much for your compliments and congratulations!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your congratulations and your SquidAngel blessing! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @css123: Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you found this lens inspiring. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @iracer JLo: Thank you very much!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @rachelscott: I'm delighted that you liked it so much!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @Deadicated LM: Many thanks! I'm very glad you found it useful.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @dellgirl: Thanks so much for your compliment and congratulations! I'm so glad you found it helpful. :)


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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Fantastic Lens - I love what you've created, both Lens and sandals! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing all your knowledge - I'm going to give my old sandals a revamp. Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD


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      Scotties-Rock 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LotD. Your sandals look Fantastic. What a great sandal makeover. :)


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      joykennel 4 years ago

      Awed and amazed--will pass this on for sure! Terrific lens! Congrats on LOTD!!


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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Superb! I'm not convinced I could follow your example though - I am not at all crafty.


      anonymous 4 years ago

      The sandals look great. What an amazing transformation. Your descriptions are very well written too. I especially liked that you showed how to solve the problem with the elastic.


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      agoofyidea 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love how you took us step by step through your shoe painting process. You have saved everyone a lot of headaches. I hope you get lots of complements on your shoes when you wear them. The colors are awesome.


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      kerilovesadeal 4 years ago

      Your lens is really coooool! Thanks sooooo much for sharing! Yay! I get to keep some beloved shoes and have new colors for summer. :D


      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      My dad did this to my prom shoes a long time ago because my dress was a light blue and there were no shoes to match anywhere, so I just bought white and he painted them. They turned out really good. He used spray paint!


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      SusanDeppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, how cool! What a great job of documenting your project for others to learn by. Well-deserved Lens of the Day!


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      Darla Dixon 4 years ago

      Great lens, very timely and a great idea.


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      SecondHandJoe LM 4 years ago

      You've done a wonderful step-by-step lens here and the shoes look great. Nice job and congratulations on Lens of the Day!


      JoshK47 4 years ago

      What a fun way to personalize your footwear! Congrats on LotD - and blessings from this SquidAngel! :)


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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      Very well thought out & made!

      A girl can never have too much bling!


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      writerkath 4 years ago

      You did an amazing amount of work here, and provided excellent instruction and illustrations. This looks like a REALLY fun project! I could see myself doing this with a bunch of friends. Totally Blessed! :) AND, Congratulations on both your Purple Star AND your LOTD! Very well deserved! :) Hugs, Kath


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very well-written lens, and I enjoyed the personality of the writing! Best wishes!


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      LittleLindaPinda 4 years ago from Florida

      Beautifully done and your sandals are gorgeous. Congratulations on being awarded the Purple Star and the LOTD. Really great lens.


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      njoylife42day 4 years ago

      I had never even thought to do such a thing! I also greatly enjoyed reading your lens and am anxiously raiding my closet for a pair of shoes needing some attention.


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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      Not that I need another craft project, *laugh* but this is a great way to jazz up those old shoes. Nice lens with some terrific suggestions and thank you for including (those all important) directions. Love the punch/tape stencil; what a terrific idea. Congratulations on a well-deserved purple star!


      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Great tips!!!


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      stylishimo1 4 years ago

      What a brilliant lens, it's great to find out that you can paint your own shoes and well done for doing it so well! If you don't mind I would like to link to this lens from of one of my shoes lenses as It's a great option for people to be able to paint their own shoes rather than just buying them.


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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      wow such a beautiful lens Thanks for sharing it and wait :) congratulation for Day Lens :)


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD!


      css123 4 years ago

      Very nice lens.. I started with Squidoo few days back and just started going through the lenses. Your lens is wonderful and inspire me to try.. Nice to see the step by step instructions.. Very good work...


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      iracer JLo 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD!


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      rachelscott 4 years ago

      Fashion is my life, beautiful lens MSchindel


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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks for sharing there's a lot of useful information here. Kudos!


      dellgirl 4 years ago

      What a great lens, itâs so full of helpful information. Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot here. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this lens -- Terrific Honor!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @randomthings lm: Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! I'm extremely grateful to you!


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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Very nice information. So well done and informative. I can see why you got the purple star...congratulations!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you so much for your fabulous compliment and for your SquidAngel blessing! I'm very grateful for both of them.


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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I'm just blown away by your courage and creativity - very well done!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @jfjones1: Thank you very much for your kind compliment! I'm glad I could introduce you to this technique, too, and I hope you have fun with it.


      jfjones1 4 years ago

      This is a very informative and detailed lens. This is a totally new idea to me.

      Great job!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @RachelDillin: Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, Rachel! I'm so glad you enjoyed this lens.


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      RachelDillin 4 years ago

      I have never considered painting shoes, but your lens has made me consider trying it! Thanks so much for the information. Amazing!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @JLally: Thanks very much for the lovely compliment! I don't know what style of shoes you own, but maybe you could paint the fronts of some wing-tip or cap toe shoes in a contrasting color, or even creating a faux spectator effect (the Sassy Feet book I recommended will tell you how to paint a faux spectator look). Have fun!


      JLally 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very well written. I'm thinking about how I could apply these techniques to men's shoes.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that this lens has inspired you! :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @SimplyTonjia: Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment! I really appreciate it. :)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @vBizeso: Thanks! I'm sure you'll come up with something cool. :)


      anonymous 4 years ago

      To tell you the truth I never thought about it. You gave me great ides!!!


      SimplyTonjia 4 years ago

      Bravo!!! This is a great lens. Thank you so much for sharing.


      vBizeso 4 years ago

      Nice idea i will also try


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @LiteraryMind: Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed this lens. Sounds like you had fun in addition to being clever and money-wise! ;)


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @linfcor: Thanks, Linda! Have fun with these techniques! :)


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      LiteraryMind 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great to read this. I had forgotten about shoe painting. I used to paint my shoes to match my dress for a special event. After I could repaint them something conservative for everyday wear. Big money saver.


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      linfcor 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      TG=You have stirred my creative juices


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: Thanks, Gayle! I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved this article, Margaret! I may have to embellish some shoes of my own!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Thank you very much for the lovely feedback! Have fun experimenting with these techniques. Since you no longer have those two pairs, you may want to keep an eye out for an inexpensive pair that you can turn into your own fabulous one-of-a-kind design! :)


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      GeorgeneMBramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      A wonderfully colorful and helpful lens! I wish I'd had it to read before I took two pair of shoes to the thrift shop :+) Thank you so much!


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @WildFacesGallery: Thank you so much, Mona, for the wonderful feedback and the SquidAngel blessing! I'm very grateful to you for both. :)


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      WildFacesGallery 4 years ago from Iowa

      A clever idea and well described. I particularly likes that you had a problem and showed how to deal with it. Nicely done and blessed.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @anonymous: How cool, Maureen! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely compliment.


      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Squidoo Margaret. I used to decorate my shoes a lot in the sixties/seventies. It's nice to see this craft coming back.


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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

      @brenda-spicer-snowdon: Thanks so much, Brenda! Glad you enjoyed it! :)


      brenda-spicer-snowdon 4 years ago

      Great lens, Margaret!

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