How to dye shoes

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're tired of your plain trainers or have satin shoes, dye them to give them a new look. Dyeing your shoes is fun and easy. Here are a few steps to help you dye your shoes.

Pick the dye color. Go to the store and pick the colour that you want to dye your shoes. If you can't find the colour you want try mixing dyes to get the desired colour you want.

Clean your shoes. Clean any dirt or dust from your shoes prior to dyeing them. Shoes that are dirty when you dye them cause white spots to appear on them.

Dye following directions from the dye package. Most dye packages will tell you to put water in a pot and bring it to a near boil. Add a pinch of salt to the hot water. Add a small amount of dye to the hot water. Mix the dye and hot water. Continue to add dye until you get the desired shade that you want. If you are dyeing satin shoes, then use a sponge to dye the shoes. When you're dyeing trainers dip them into the dye mixture.

Dry shoes. Once you have removed the shoes from the dyeing container or have finished sponging them place them somewhere to dry for at least twenty-four hours. The shoes will dry a lighter shade.

Clean work area. When you finish dyeing all of your shoes clean the pot, dyeing tools, and work area. It is a lot easier to clean when you first finish dyeing. Don't let the dye dry on your tools and equipment because the dye can stain them.


Remove laces from sneakers. If you need to dye more than one pair of shoes the same color, then dye them at the same time to ensure colour uniformity.


Protect your hands, clothing, and work area from any dye that may spill or splash.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoes
  • Dye
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Sponge
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