The Best Paint for Shoes

Written by samantha herman
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You loved your shoes when you purchased them, but after months of wearing them, you have decided that they need a little more personality. You do not want to replace them; you simply want to inject more spunk into your footwear. The best way to do this is to paint them. But it is extremely important that you use the correct kind of paint to ensure that your cool new colour and design stays put.

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Leather Shoes

According to shoe enthusiasts Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter of the Sassy Feet! website, Jacquard Lumiere paints are perfect for painting on leather (See Reference 1). These paints come in metallic colours and cost about £2 per bottle at local craft stores. While other paints require three, four, even five coats to create an eye-popping design on leather shoes, Lumiere paints require only one to two coats to get a shimmery design that really stands out.

Canvas Shoes

Professional artist Drew Brophy swears by Uni POSCA Water-Based Paint Markers when it comes to decorating canvas shoes (See Reference 2). Because there is no need for paintbrushes, errors and messes are less likely to occur. Plus, the tips come in different sizes so if you have a very intricate design, you can select a marker with an extra-fine point.

Suede Shoes

If you are looking to paint the entire shoe in one colour, consider using a few coats of a product called "Stencil Spray Paint for Fabric." The colours are fairly tame, with options like gold, copper, black, and blue, so this is not a good choice for outrageous costume shoes.

For artists looking to make unique designs on a pair of suede shoes, Selma Yalazi of recommends using Tulip brand fabric paints (See Reference 3). They come in every colour imaginable and cost a mere £1.30 per bottle. Though your paint might be dry to the touch in just a day, it is best to wait three days before taking those shoes for a walk so that the fabric paint can cure.

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