Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

May 14, 2013Allison Murray
Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Today we’re going to save a boatload of cash making out our own painted boat shoes.
Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

I’ve seen and loved a good number of boat shoes I’ve found online that have bright fun colors and interesting patterns. But guess what, I can’t shell out $100+ for a pair of name brand boat shoes when they aren’t something that I could possibly work into my wardrobe often. Like at least every other day often.

So while I found and loved and pinned a ton of cute boat shoes I always knew that I would be window shopping only. Unless of course I won the lotto, which I have heard you actually have to play to win which kind of puts me out of the running. But, gah, how I want a pair.

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Flash forward a few weeks and I’m sitting in the passenger seat while Russell is driving (probably to the craft store) when I get an email on my phone that has me crazy stoked. Ebay sends me a message showing new stock from one of my favored sellers. Just so happens for $15.99 I can get a pair of white, blank boat shoes. Say what?

Russell is trying to drive and talk to me and I get all sorts of short tempered. I. am. doing. something. here.

For this project you need:

Since I couldn’t find the exact colors of paint I wanted in fabric paint, I used my very large acrylic paint stash to mix up the colors I wanted. With the use of fabric medium additive, any acrylic paint can become fabric paint!

Oh, and sorry for the crap pictures. Crazy excitement doesn’t always coincide with the best possible natural light!

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Give the shoes a base coat of light gray to the majority of the canvas. Then in a medium gray paint on the spots for the leopard print.

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Taking a dark gray, ring the first blobs to make a cheetah-style print. In the past I’ve always gone fairly small in my cheetah print, but this go I went for big and bold!

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Now take some lime paint and paint the section around the top and back. I didn’t tape off the cords but picked them up, painted beneath and gently set them back with little problems. I did keep getting paint onto the eyelets, however, so I wound up using a considerable number of cotton swabs to keep them nice and neat looking.

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Before I finished up I painted the inside of the laces flaps lime green as well. Not sure why as I doubt it would have been noticeable but it is what it is!

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Now these don’t look just like a pair of Sperry’s but I’m plenty happy with the results!

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

Up close I’m not terribly happy with my paint job, but as long as nobody tries to kiss my feet (and that would be a first) we should be all set. From a distance, these babies are awesome!

Leopard & Lime Painted Boat Shoes Tutorial

And that’s all she wrote, folks. I’ve been desperate to get back into some shoe DIYs and have a whole lot more planned to share this summer. Have a fantastic Shoesday Tuesday!

Comments (4)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    May 15, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    $15.99 for boat shoes? That's a steal! And I would rock these over a pair of store-bought Sperry's any day…seriously. They rock! (And I like the bigger cheetah pattern…it's boldness matches the boldness of the lime green. Love it.)

    The Thinking Closet

  • Allison Murray

    May 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Thanks so much, Lauren!

  • Sami

    May 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I cant get enough of these painted shoes! I really want to try them. Where can I find a cheap pair of white shoes?

  • Allison Murray

    May 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Hey, Sami – there are links to an ebay seller who has the shoes for $15.99 underneath the pic of the still new and white shoes nearer the top of the post. :)

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