Abstract Painted Canvas Slip Ons DIY

August 21, 2012Allison Murray

Let’s get this first thing straight. I LOVE Toms and I own several pairs. All of the Toms I own are some of the more toned down patterns: black canvas, navy blue canvas, red canvas, black denim, blue denim, you get the drift.

When I saw some super awesome abstract painted (by a real artist!!!) Toms for $68 plus shipping, I seriously considered them. Then I seriously didn’t. I realized that I just won’t get $70+ worth of use out of them. Being self employed the use/cost ratio comes into factor with every purchase.

Dejected, I shut off my computer and went about my merry way. When I started seeing fake Toms at my local dollar store, I started snapping them up every visit they had a pair in my size. They’re almost as comfy but they don’t have the wonderful altruism behind them. But then again, these cost $5 instead of $50+. The only good will from these shoes are the lack of a dent to my wallet.

So, I took a pair of my hot pink canvas not Toms and painted them kind of like the real Toms. If you want to do the same, I’ve done the steps below! All you need is four shades of acrylic paint, a brush and canvas shoes.

Paint random lines all around your first shoe. Some will stop short of meeting any others, some will run all of the way across. Also make sure the lines also cross down on the rubber at the bottom. (that’s the way the real ones look)

Take another paint shade that is similar but different, like the purple I used and follow some lines run along others, go down the middle of some.

Then take a color from the same family but darker, I chose maroon and use it to highlight occasional lines all around your shoes.

Finally take a neutral color, I used gray but white would have been cool too and go along side some of the more prominent lines.

At any point, with any color, you can stick in a new line. Do this especially if you start to notice an area is lacking compared to the rest of the shoes.

That’s it! Fake your abstract canvas tennies – or – if you’ve got more dough, buy the real ones here…

Happy Shoesday!

Comments (5)

  • Samantha

    August 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Toms are neat but I can't justify the cost with "well a kid in need gets shoes" because people in need need more things than shoes. It's really silly. I bought some similar slip on shoes from Payless for $15 and they're just as comfy and cute! Nice job on these :)

  • Pippa

    August 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    So cute! Love these.

  • Allison Murray

    August 23, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Thanks, ladies! I wore them all over town today and they were comfy and well complimented :) Thanks for checking out the post and taking the time to comment!

  • Ann

    August 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    They look really cute and messing about with a little paint is right up my alley!

  • Allison Murray

    August 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    That's awesome, Ann! Best of luck abstracting your shoes :)

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