Shoe Makeover: Faux Painted Oxfords

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I’m really digging the whole oxford trend right now. Maybe it is because my mom was rocking the androgynous look way before it was cool or because I love Diane Keaton, but I’ve always had a thing for women wearing men’s apparel and making it feminine and beautiful.

My favorite pair of oxfords I have are men’s solid tan suede and so cute but I’m crushing on all of the super cute two toned oxfords like these and these. Since those suckers are so far out of the budget I decided to make my own out of a pair of cheap tennis shoes. I’ll be rocking my new kicks while saving up for the oxfords of my dreams!

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Want to make your own faux painted oxfords? It’s really easy. You will need:

  • White Tennis Shoes
  • Water Soluble Fabric Marking Pen
  • Fabric Paint OR Acrylic Paint + Fabric Medium
  • Paint Brushes, Small and Medium Sized
  • Wet Rag

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Step 1: Purchase cheap white tennis shoes. They sell these ready to mark up sneaks just about everywhere. Check big box stores, super stores and discount shoe stores for great deals. I got these for $5 from Wal Mart. The only prep step is to remove the shoestrings.

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Step 2: Use a water soluble fabric marking pen to draw out the oxford design on your shoes. Remember oxfords have dots all around them. First mark up either side of the lace eyelets. When I was a kid I had oxfords that had markings like shown in the pic above. I LOVED those shoes and so I decided to mimic the style here. Continue drawing out the design on the toe, sides and heel.

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To get some ideas, do a Google image search for “oxford shoes”. You can either mimic the style of a single pair or mix and match parts of the designs that you like of multiple pairs!

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If you’re not sure about the fabric marking pen, they can be purchased at hobby stores and some superstores. They are blue and most actually say “water soluble” directly on them. They run about a buck and wind up coming very handy if you’re the crafty kind! They also sell disappearing ink style fabric pens. Only use one of these bad boys if you can work very quickly or your design just might disappear on you!

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Step 3: Now it is time to start paint up these faux oxfords! Use either fabric paint or you can purchase acrylic craft paint in one of practically a thousand colors and add “fabric medium” to it. Fabric medium is sold in a bottle that looks just like  the acrylics and are often to the side in a section just for specialized acrylic additives. You will need to purchase fabric medium from a big craft store.

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Use a smaller brush to begin painting to outline the shapes and circles of your design. You can then use a larger brush to cover the big expanses that need painted to make things go a bit more quickly, but take care to go slowly enough that you’re keeping paint off of areas that you don’t want it, like the rubber soles. Have your wet cloth on hand to clean up any mistakes that happen along the way.

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Step 4: Paint the tongue of your shoe to match and allow the shoes to dry fully, at least a couple of hours.

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Step 5: Take your shoes and give them a quick run under a cold tap. The water will remove all of your blue markings from where you drew on your design. Allow to air dry at least overnight. When dry, relace those bad boys and get to stepping!

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And that’s that! There are tons of ways to make these shoes your own. Dye the canvas first for a bold color statement! Use a sharpie marker to color the rubber sole if you’re not digging the white. Change out the shoelaces! Go crazy with your color palette – how about navy and hot pink or black and gold? There’s no reason why these kicks can’t be 100% suited to your personal taste and wardrobe!

If  you want to tackle this project but you’re not much of a artist, don’t worry. If you make a mistake with the fabric pen, either run under the tap to start from square 1 or use a wet rag to “erase” your mistakes. You don’t need to be a fantastic painter either… This is like paint by numbers. Take your time and use small brushes. Keep your wet rag on hand to clean up mistakes.

Once you knock out these you just might want to make another pair… Be careful, though – DIYing your own shoes is terribly, terribly habit forming! Until next week!

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A crafter since her earliest years, Allison spends a little time every day making something. She crafts, sews, paints, glues things onto other things, and is a firm believer that a life spent creating is a life worth living. Visit Allison's blog, Dream {a Little} BIGGER.

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38 Responses to “Shoe Makeover: Faux Painted Oxfords”

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    Mom Spark — September 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Such a cute idea, Allison! Love it.

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    • Allison replied: — September 18th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks, Amy!

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    • Sarah Jackson replied: — September 23rd, 2012 @ 4:35 am

      but i like black color shoes :)

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    JWo Designs — September 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    This is fabulous! I will definitely have to try this soon. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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    • Allison replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      You must show us your finished results!

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    Adin Blankenship — September 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love this idea so much. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Allison replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      I’m glad you checked out the post, Adin!

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    Libby — September 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This made me giggle! It reminds me of the shoes I used to paint for my goddaughter. When she was a toddler she liked the colors these cheapo sneakers came in and asked me to make them pretty for her. I got turquoise shoes and painted undersea scenes–all the fish blew pearly white bubbles. Light blue shoes got white clouds and yellow suns on the heels or little flowers and grass growing all around the edges of the soles. Black shoes got sparkly silver stars, comets and moons.Yellow shoes–black leopard spots. White shoes–red baseball stitches, black dalmation spots with red trim or black zebra stripes.

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    • Allison replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

      That sounds like so much fun, Libby! I think I might have to do the red trim with black zebra stripes for myself!

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    Jenn @therebelchick — September 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    What an awesome idea!! They turned out really cute.

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    Dee @ Cocktails with Mom — September 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    So cute!

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    tom@morethanpepper — September 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    cute as heck

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    Jen — September 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Hey there – I’ve just had a go at your oxfords tute. My paining is a little sloppy and I ended up painting on the white dots as my efforts to leave the white spaces failed, but for a first effort I’m pretty pleased. I can’t wait until they are dry. Thanks for a beautifully detailed tutorial.

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    • Mom Spark replied: — September 24th, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      That is awesome!!

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    • Allison replied: — September 24th, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      So exciting! I’m glad you tried the DIY and love, love, love that you came back to tell us!

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    Tricia Nightowlmama — September 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    What a fun projects. I can’ think of other great ways to do painting on gym shoes. I just wish those shoes were comfy.

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    Ramya — September 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Wow!! This is just so awesome… I’m gonna try this fun project real soon…!

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    Darby — September 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This is a great idea! I can’t wait to try!! What shoes did you use? (brand/style)

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    • Allison replied: — September 28th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

      I purchased my shoes from Wal-Mart in the section where the shoes hang. They don’t have a brand name on them but they were right around $5.50. Hope to have helped!

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    Dorria — September 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Great idea, as I can find this shoes in a nearby place to try this idea.
    Thank you Allison

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    • Allison replied: — September 28th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

      You are quite welcome :)

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    Clara — January 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hi! thanks for this awesome idea and tutorial! I made mine last week using your instructions and they look amazing and unique. I’m definitely going to make a second pair with another colour. Thank you!!!

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    • Allison replied: — January 9th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

      That’s so cool, Clara – I’d love to see them if you ever get the chance!!

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    http://tinyurl.com/savrkenny24515 — January 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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    • Mom Spark replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

      Adriene- We are excited that you would like to blog about this project! As long as you don’t use our images or content/text, we’re good!

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    Stacy — April 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Did anyone have to use two coats of paint with fabric paint? I tried it in black but will have to go back over them. Made a mistake the first time so I’m practicing on the first pair.

    Did you use the acrylic or fabric paint? Do you remember what color that tan is? I really like it.

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    • Allison replied: — April 10th, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

      Hello, Stacy – The number of coats you need will be entirely dependent on the quality/thickness of the paint you use. A thinner paint will need more coats to provide opaque coverage while a thicker paint may only need a single coat (as mine did).

      For this project I used Apple Barrel brand paint in the color “21489 – lite mocha” and I added fabric/textile medium (I believe the brand was Anita’s) to make it the proper consistency for painting on the shoes.

      Best of luck!

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    Eli — June 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I made these with a shimmery blue paint and I LOVE how they turned out! They make me smile! Thanks for the great idea! :) How can I upload a pic to show you?

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    Claudia — August 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    After making these shoes with friends at a sleepover we found out that using a dotting tool (like for nail art) is SUPER helpful for the brown dots and using white paint to clean up the others :)

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    • Allison replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      What a good idea. I LOVE that you made these at a sleepover – I bet it was so much fun!

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