Would you like to change the color of the shoes you have in the bottom of your closet and not use because you are tired of their color?
In this tutorial I will explain step by step how to dye your shoes without having to spend a fortune sending them to be dyed. It’s simple and the result is great!
Acetone or alcohol
Cotton and cloth
Shoe polish (same color as the dye)
(In case your sole is plastic or you don’t want dye it) Masking tape
Leather dye (I bought this shoe dye at the shoemaker for less than 5 €)
* The cobbler told me that there’s two types of shoe dye:
1. For leather. This penetrates the leather staining the surface naturally. But there is only black and brown. (I used this type of dye in black)
2. This dye remains as a layer on the skin with a glossier finish. (a more plastic patent look) There’s more color of this type of dye : pink, green, blue, yellow, red ….. etc. This dye leads to another procedure for leather and fake leather.
So it depends on what color you want to dye your shoes and what finish look you want to achieve.
These classic cut peep-toe heels I’ve dyed, are leather and the also the sole.
1. Clean the entire shoe with acetone or alcohol using a cotton ball. This will remove any residue of grease, dirt or impregnation of the shoe to allow the dye to penetrate better and avoid spots.
2. With the brush that comes with the dye, apply a layer of the product over the entire surface. You can also apply the dye with a sponge.
(I’ve dyed the soles. If you don’t want dye the soles cover with masking tape all edges and the sole before you start.)
3. The first coat will not cover perfectly and you will see the brushstrokes. This is normal, do not panic.
4. Let dry well one day and apply ones again a coat. (If you’re rushing dry it with a hair dryer, but I don’t recommend it because it can dehydrated and dry the leather)
* I had to give 3 coats to the shoes until they were completely covered.
5. Apply the shoe polish on all the surface and allowed it to dry for a while.
6. With a cloth, clean the surface in circular motions to remove any excess shoe polish and shine them.
Here are the finished shoes! Remember you can also dye leather bags with the same process. I hope that this encourages you to dye your leather pieces!