Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY: Wingtip Sneakers

I decided to jump on the DIY Oxford shoe fad, guys. I saw a tutorial for making your own saddle shoes over on the Rookie blog, and there are tons floating around on Pinterest (try here , here , here , and here). I wasn't going to do it, even though I thought they looked super cute, until I saw a pair of wingtip vans and I FELL IN LOVE! The problem was that I didn't want to spend over $60 plus shipping on what were basically an easy DIY. So I didn't start this trend, but I'm sure jumping on it! Here is my step by step process.

Gather your materials. I tried on a few different brands of canvas sneakers before settling on these beauties from Target. They were pretty inexpensive, so I didn't feel bad about potentially screwing up, and they don't make my feet look enormous. I also used masking table and a white chalk pencil.

Mark out your lines. I was going to leave little dots of the brown peeking through, which you can see I started on the one picture, but because I like things to be kind of simple and frankly, I didn't want to be bothered going around the little dots, I decided to forget that part.

I then taped off the sole so paint wouldn't get on it and stain it, and then I went over everything with acrylic craft paint mixed with fabric medium. I let these guys dry and then wiped off the chalk outlines.

Ta-da! New pretty shoes! I really liked this DIY and I think I might try doing some other types of painted sneakers. I'm pretty thrilled with how they look with my dresses.

See? Totes adorbs. ;-)


  1. LOVE them! I've been wanting to do a DIY on shoes for awhile now - this was a great idea!

  2. omg, what a cute idea! I will have to keep an eye out for a cheap pair!

  3. Absolutely adorable. and super awesome! Would you mind telling me the brand or whatever of the paint you used? I have one pair of shoes waiting to be painted and another I'm bidding on that will need something if I win them. I just don't know what to get for paint.

  4. They turned out great! This is a cool idea.

  5. Super-friggin-cooooute!

    Your DIY directs are pretty awesome too.

  6. Wow those shoes became SO much more interesting for your alteration. Too cool. (My friend got payless converse knock-offs but they only come in pastels now, so she painted them bright colours. Canvas shoes can be so much fun, apparently!)