First off let me tell you that this business is sorely and long overdue. Gah! A good 2 years ago I saw some white high top sneakers with to silhouette of a hot pink high heel on the outside and I thought they were awesome. I texted my sister to see what she thought and she was totally down. I ordered a pair of white sneakers off of eBay and then started to research rubber markers or paint.
Because if you’re wondering, you can’t paint the rubber walls and soles of sneakers with any old thing and have it stay. So I eventually found a tire marker in red. Boom! Red heels it is! I ordered it and when it arrived placed the shoes and marker together to get my DIY on a bit later. And then I lost them.
I don’t know how many times I looked for that box of shoes and totally ticked myself off about it. I eventually decided I must have accidentally given them to charity which I figured was the best possible outcome of my screw up. And then I started to see these shoes premade turning up to buy from China. So then it was like, meh, okay I’m over this anyway.
So now I’m packing to get moved and just a few nights ago guess what I found? Yep. Those freaking high tops and that red tire marker. Thing is, tire marker was totally dead so that was a no go. And being impatient and wanting to totally get this done after like 24+ months I started to go through what I had to see what could work. NOW I used a liquid gilding pen here and that’s simply because I can never get liquid gilding off of anything I accidentally get it on. So it seemed a win. Plus my sister and I dig the gold so I went with it.
NOW I’ll letyou know how well this wears BUT I’d consider using a marker formulated for rubber, like a tire pen OR even an oil based paint Sharpie will work really well. You just have to find them!
For this project you will need:
- Rubber marker
- Matching fabric paint
- High heel shape printable
- White high top sneakers
- Water soluble fabric marker
- X-acto knife
Get your printable heel PDF by clicking the image above. In Acrobat you can scale the size of the shoe to fit yours or you can scale using a copy machine or home printer that has a copy feature. This size was used for a size 9 sneaker.
Use an X-acto knife to cut out the shape as cleanly as possible.
Using your water soluble fabric marker trace the shape onto the canvas on the outside of both shoes. This marker will not work on the rubber so use a similarly colored marker and be very, very careful to trace out the shoe on this area.
Use your rubber appropriate marker to fill in the area of your drawn lines on the bottoms.
Paint in the shape of the shoe with fabric paint on the canvas area. We’re actually just making this a background to fill in with our paint pen. Without having a background the paint from the marker could bleed or take on a funny color.
When the paint has dried, very carefully trace on top of the fabric paint. Now the whole high heel matches. Wahoo!
Allow this coat to dry completely and take water to the soluble marker to “erase” your guide lines. I use a water filled squirt bottle but you can use a wet rag or just place the shoe under a running tap.
And now you are finished! I tried going over one of the shoes with a second coat from the marker and it left lines (see the back one) so I’d test on a piece of scrap before trying a second coat. You live and learn!
So in the end these high heel sneakers are not all that original and you can buy a pair from China for the same price you can buy a pair of plain white high tops, BUT this is DIY and that makes it fun :) Plus you can have them in any color!