I dyed {my shoes} for you!

01.31.2014

… yep, that’s how much I like you! No, I’m kidding, I like you a lot, but I dyed my shoes, posted a picture on Instagram last week, and got a few messages and contact notes asking me if I could post about it on the blog. I know it’s not interior design related, but it seems that I am not the only one buying some funky color shoes that stay in the closet never to be worn again.

 

A few years back, I impulsively bought a gorgeous pair of Chie Mihara shoes in a vibrant plum/ purple color, kinda like this color {I am sorry I don’t have a pic of the shoes “before” as I was not planning on making this post in the first place}. The only problem is that I never wear purple or plum, or very rarely. I loved the shoes and the way they fit me, but they never looked appropriate and matching the outfits I wanted to wear them with. So they stayed in my closet, waiting for an occasion that would never happen, but I still couldn’t give them away or discard them.
Then a few weeks back, I started looking online for some simple black wedges, and then it hit me. Why not dye my purple pair of shoes in black? Yes, risky, but what did I have to lose? I never wore my purple wedges. So last weekend, I took a big breath and proceeded with dyeing my shoes with a less than 10 dollar dyeing product. And voila! I am so happy with the result it’s not even funny. I’ve worn my shoes 2 times already this week. All for less than 10 bucks. I am good or what? Actually, I am not. Just follow these simple steps…
You will need :

1. Some latex gloves
2. Some liquid suede dye. I bought a black Tarrago dye from Amazon
3. A disposable cup to pour in your liquid dye. Beware, this cup will not survive the project so be sure to use a cup that you know you will discard after the project
4. A handle sponge/brush, called Poly-brush. The little brush that comes in the box is ridiculous, very hard to work with and leaves streaks on the suede, so I recommend not using it at all, or for last minute patches if you missed a spot. The handle of the poly-brush makes it easy not to get liquid dye all over your hands and the sponge-brush applies liquid more evenly.
5. A suede shoe brush [the one that has small holes on its surface]

– First off, brush gently your shoe with the shoe brush to eliminate any dust on the shoe.

– Wearing your latex gloves, apply your liquid dye on the shoe using the poly-brush. The key here is to apply the dye as evenly as possible. 
Let it dry for 12 hours. Apply a second coat if necessary after 12 hours.

– If you have some streaks [I did have a few], gently brush the shoe again after the 12 or 24 dye drying period with the special suede shoe brush. This will eliminate the lines and streaks. And relax, once the liquid dye is dry, it doesn’t stain your feet or clothes. It stays for good. To be extra cautious, I reapplied a spray coat of waterproof product on my newly dyed shoes. Happy Dyeing and DIYing, friends!

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