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Good ways to give your shoes a makeover

Bored of using the same old pair of canvas shoes that you bought years ago? Craving for a new pair? Instead of buying a new pair, spruce up your good ol’ sneakers periodically to make them look new and stunning, and that too without much expenditure! Here are 10 cost-effective ideas that will help you […]

Good ways to give your shoes a makeover

Bored of using the same old pair of canvas shoes that you bought years ago? Craving for a new pair?

Instead of buying a new pair, spruce up your good ol’ sneakers periodically to make them look new and stunning, and that too without much expenditure! Here are 10 cost-effective ideas that will help you customize your shoes. If you want to start off on a blank canvas, just bleach your shoes before trying any of these methods to change the way your shoes look.

Tie-dye them
It’s pretty easy to give your shoes a tie-and-dye effect. Wash and towel-dry your shoes. While damp, apply the color of your choice in a pattern. The color spreads and sticks, giving the tie-and-dye effect. You could use two or more colors. Then, seal your shoes in a plastic bag for a day so the the colors don’t dry out. Wash them after that to get rid of the excess dye and sun-dry before use.

Paint them
The simplest, yet nicest, way to change the way your shoes look is by painting them in a different color with fabric paints. If you’re feeling artistic, you could also draw patterns such as stripes, checks and anything else that you like on them. If you’re feeling musical, paint notes or names of the bands you like on your shoe. It will not only look cool, but will also be in sync with your mood.

Button them
Want to look young and playful? Rummage through your wardrobe and collect all the old or extra buttons that have come off your clothes. Paste or stitch each of these buttons on your shoes. If you have too many buttons to spare, you can stitch them close, but if you have only a few and that too of different sizes, just space them out and they’ll still look good.

Delace them
Turn your shoes into slip-ons if you are tired of spending time knotting your laces. All you need to do to achieve this look is to remove laces from your shoe. And if you are worried that it looks incomplete, just paint the center flap a different pattern for contrast and design. But, if you feel your shoes are too loose, then add an elastic piece of cloth in the center and join it to the sides for a tighter fit.

Emboss them
If you want to give your shoes a little edge, the best thing to do is use studs and crystals. First, paint your shoe in the color of your choice and then apply glue in the areas that you wish to highlight. Once you apply the glue, paste golden studs, spikes or beads of your choice. You could make your shoes look cool or dainty, depending on the image that you wish to portray.

Lace them
If you don’t want to make drastic changes to your shoes, just buy different colored laces. You could even go bold by opting for two neon shades of your choice and use one of each color if you want to make a statement with your shoes. When the two different neon shades alternate, it will give your shoe a sprightly look. You could even use satin ribbons of different colors for a softer look.

Glitter them
If you’re feeling a little bling, pour a generous amount of glue over your shoes, use handfuls of silver or gold glitter and spread it on each shoe thoroughly. Ensure that you don’t make the layer of glitter too thick. If you want a little pattern on your glittery shoes, draw out the designs and staple a piece of cloth or paper so that the glue doesn’t fall on these areas. Once the glitter sticks to the shoe, you can take off the piece of cloth or paper.

Fur them
There’s still a nip in the air, so plain socks with canvas shoes aren’t enough to keep you warm. Remove the laces and add a layer of fur around the ankles. This way, not only will you look fashionable, but will also feel cosy and warm when you step out for a walk in the evenings. You could also pair this with woolen socks for a better look.

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Written by Ai

I'm 26 years old. I love shopping and travelling.