Monday, March 12, 2012

DIY: Cap Toe Shoes


We've been seeing cap toe shoes everywhere, especially with this pair from Zara that every single blogger and fashionable woman seemed to have picked up. But I thought instead of buying yet another pair of shoes, I would do a simple DIY, and breathe life into an old pair. So this is what I got up to on the weekend. It was super easy, and if you'd like to try it, just follow the steps below:

I used a pair of old Aldo leather shoes, that I've had FOREVER. They're not particularly fashionable, and they're so old that if I messed up, I didn't mind losing them. But you could find a pair at the thrift shop to experiment on. Then I got a can of spray paint in the colour that I wanted to be the cap element of cap toe. As you may know, I have a real weakness for orange these days.


Then I took some tape that wasn't going to ruin the leather and taped around the shoe to create a straight line where the colour will be applied.


Go into a well ventilated area (if you're using spray paint), layout some plastic or newspaper so you don't paint your backyard or porch, and start spraying in short, even spurts of colour. It's tricky with spray paint, because you have less control than you would with a brush and conventional paint.



Let the paint dry and repeat. I repeated three times, just to get an even coating.


In between waiting for coats of paint, take cat outside and play with him. (This one is optional, but it definitely increases the fun factor of the DIY)


Once the paint is completely dry, and you're satisfied that you've got the right amount of colour on there, carefully remove the tape and voila! Cap Toe Shoes!


I really enjoyed doing this little DIY, but here are a few extra tips that I didn't do, but you might want to:

 - Like painting a wall, you might to prime the shoes first. The part that you want to paint, you might want to do a base coat of white first so you're starting with a blank canvass.
- Instead of using spray paint that's meant to be used for plastic and furniture, use fabric paint. I'm pretty happy with my results but you know, you might want to use the tools are meant for the job.
- Be extra careful with taping around the area you DON'T want painted. My line is very neat at the top of the shoes, but along the sides there was a little bleeding of colour that I can fix easily, but I know if I had put the tape really tightly, or double taped, it wouldn't have bled.

So what do you think? And if you try this out, definitely let me know!

30 comments:

  1. Great idea! Nice blog!
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  2. wow girl! u did an amazing job, they look perfect =)

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  3. The shoes look so professionally done. Lovely. And I love that you used tangerine.

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  4. This is a great idea! The only thing I'm worried about is that the paint would come off easily. But otherwise they look great, and I really want to make a pair myself!

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  5. wonderful blog :))

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  6. This is a really creative idea. THanks for the DIY.

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  7. You did a great job! I love a good cap toe!!

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  8. I did a similar DIY at my blog as well. Its so simple to do and definitely get more wear into an old pair. - xo

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  9. Thank you so much for the DIY, the shoes look so cool ^^ + I must mention, you have an awesome blog :)

    x L

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  10. sexy DIY, I love it.

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  11. Wow, I'm impressed! What a fab idea!

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  12. great DIY! and i love the cat tip! now i just need a cat! :)


    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  13. Great idea! The shoes definitely look 100 times better than before :)

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  14. I've never thought to DIY my own cap toe shoes but that's a great and easy-sounding idea!

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  15. I love this! Looks really good :)
    xx

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  16. wow what an awesome idea!!
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  18. Or use painters tape that does not bleed......great idea

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  19. really nice idea!! i'll try it!!

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  21. What a fantastic idea, and you did a great job with it.


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  22. This is awesome! I can think of so many different fun colors that would work with this! I might try this with ametallic paint too!

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  23. Awesome! I am so going to try this on my black pumps... and I have owned them since forever!!

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  24. This is a great DIY; I want to try it on a tote like you mentioned on Addicted 2 Etsy. I think it would turn out wonderfully

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  25. thanks for letting me in on this. Proper DIY fashion. Sometimes, u really dont need to spend beaucoup bucks.

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  26. Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! This DIY is super cool! How creative! It would have never occurred to me to do something like this. Great job! :)

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