All Black Shoe Makeover Tutorial to Show Off Shwings!

September 21, 2013Allison Murray

This post is a sponsored post. I received product but no financial compensation in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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A while back ago I was contacted about this nifty things called Shwings, wings for your shoes and asked would the boys like a pair? I figured they would but asked and I got a resounding yes including an “I need a pair of those!” I figured they’d like them but I wasn’t really expecting the warm reception this little shoe adornments got from them.We looked through the online catalog twice before they were able to make up their minds and placed our order.

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Then we got to the bit that only Auntie A can do… we discussed how we needed to fix up some shoes to perfectly match these awesome shwings. The final design plan was a pair of shiny, all black shoes. At first I went from store to store trying to locate some black sneakers that would be easy enough modify but it just wasn’t that simple.

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I finally found these sneakers online at Old Navy for about ten bucks a pair. Add in a coupon code for 15% off and free shipping and I got these suckers for around $17 for both pairs.

Want to update a pair of shoes into some shoes “to get lost in the total darkness”? Well, I’ve got you all set.

For this project you will need:

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First things first, remove your laces and toss to the side or into your stash.

Add  your dye to hot water with a healthy dose of salt. Fill the inside of a shoe with the dye/water mixture and flip over. It will float up to the rubber sole but the dye will catch on the vast majority of the canvas. Allow to sit in the dye for several hours (the lighter your shoes are to start, the longer it will take).

Note* If you don’t plan on painting your soles, cover with petroleum jelly prior to adding to the dye to keep the rubber from accepting it.

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When you think you’ve had enough time, take the shoes out and give them a spin in the washer with NO soap (but don’t throw out that dye just yet). Place them somewhere to dry. I prefer a window with direct sun. The glass helps heat the shoes up so they dry really quickly.

When dry see if you’ve achieved black, if not toss them back into the dye. Mine were distinctly navy blue, so they went back in the dye for another several  hours and got washed and dried once more. The end result was as close to black as I was going to get with dye, apparently.

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When fully dry, take a smooth bristled brush and paint the rubber soles black. I used 3 coats for a nice, even black appearance.

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Now, the strings are not cotton so they won’t take any of the dye at all. And your canvas may not be exactly black, mine were more of a dark,dark navy blue. Take a small amount of water and add a quick squeeze of your black acrylic paint to it. You want your paint/water concoction to be really smooth and thin. Stir well and apply to the canvas and threads on the shoes. Since we’re just adding a smidge, the shoes won’t become stiff like they would if we just painted them black full stop.

You can see a drastic difference in the photo on the left and the photo on the right, which has been painted with the thin, watery black paint.

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When your shoes are totally dry, take and apply a heavy coat of outdoor Mod Podge to the black rubber soles. This formula is as waterproof as Mod Podge is going to get and it will help keep the black paint on the soles for longer. But remember, when you see colored soles on storebought shoes, the color is embedded into the rubber. Because we’re painting this on, they can eventually peel and crack.

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Allow the soles to dry for several days. The first day or two the finish will remain sticky and can cause unsightly  marks if the soles get “stuck” together. I placed mine on my crafty drying racks and let them sit for about a week.

All Black Shoe Makeover Tutorial to Show Off Shwings! - www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Run the Shwings through the laces as you’re lacing the shoes up and you’re pretty well done here.

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Now the first time the boys will have seen their  new shoes will be on the blog…

All Black Shoe Makeover Tutorial to Show Off Shwings! - www.dreamalittlebigger.com

And I really hope they like them and that their wings stand out just as much as they hoped on a pair of black shiny shoes.

To learn more about shwings, visit their website, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This post is a sponsored post. I received product but no financial compensation in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Comments (2)

  • Mary

    October 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I have SEVERAL pair of Shwings & I love ALL of them. I actually used fabric paint to paint a pair of neon yellow Shwings for a 5K fun run I did & got many compliments on them.

    Even being a 40 something years old woman, I find Shwings to be tons of fun.

    Great tutorial on dying a pair of shoes by the way. The black shoes compliment the Shwings nicely.

    1. Allison

      October 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Thanks, Mary! I’m sure they’d be tons of fun in a marathon and really help you to stand out :)

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