Monday, August 5, 2013

Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Ombre Shoes

Earlier this season a couple of my girlfriends came over and both were wearing these super cute canvas shoes. They were different styles of course but I was having some serious shoe envy. I don't get shoe envy often and its almost never about casual shoes. I happened to be on Pinterest the next day and saw a variety of pins about DIY dip dyed canvas shoes. Low and behold Wal-mart was in stock of some simple white shoes for the wondrous price tag of $5.99! I couldn't help it, I had to try it out. So I picked up the shoes and some teal color dye.

Make sure to read the directions on the dye, and have any supplies for that. In this case I just needed water and salt.
  Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Canvas Shoes  
I read several tutorials for how to do this. One them suggested putting Vaseline on the soles of the shoe to keep that part from being dyed. I decided that was the best option because I wasnt sure the rubbery sole would really absorb the dye.
Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Canvas Shoes    
From here, its actually quite simple, just dip them in!
Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Canvas Shoes    
At this point I used a scrap of old fabric and dipped it in the dye, I continued to layer it onto the shoes to blend the dip line and create the gradual ombre effect. There really is no magic method, just keep dipping and spreading until you get an effect you like.
Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Canvas Shoes   
I left the shoes to dry overnight. You can expect that the color will tone down quite a bit as the fabric dries. 
Pinterest Project: Dip Dyed Canvas Shoes 
This is the end result!! I love them!!  
These shoes are super comfortable and I love the bright color and ombre effect! Super easy, inexpensive summer shoe! 
YAY! Pinterest Project WIN!

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