Sometimes you may be required to dye your shoes to match the outfit that you wear for different occasions. Buying a pair of new shoes every time while attending parties and functions is indeed a costly affair. When you color your old pairs, it renders them an entirely new look. This concept was first introduced by the Dyeable Shoe Store, that offered a huge collection of dyeable shoes for weddings and proms. Their products were 'color fast' and 'water resistant', assuring that the tint of the shoe would not fade even if exposed to water.
Dyeing Your Wedding Shoes
Dyeing your own wedding shoes is no doubt a great idea. You can customize your shoes and stain them with colors similar to that of your wedding gown or create a contrast look. You can also design the footwear by adding embellishments on it. This way, you spruce up an entirely new look to your shoes for your wedding.
Clean Your Shoes
You should know that not all shoes are dyeable and the exception is rubber and plastic. Shoes that are made up of cotton, silk, satin, suede or canvas can be dyed easily. Dyeing leather is a little tricky and special types of dyes (alcohol and water based dyes) are available for this purpose. Clean your shoes with a wet wipe and remove every trace of dirt and grime. You can also dip the shoes in mild detergent solution for half an hour and then remove the stains with a brush. Allow your shoes to dry completely before applying the dye. You can wear a pair of gloves to protect your hand from dirt and the stains.
Get a Dyeing Kit
Shoe dyeing kits are readily available in shoe outlets. The kits are much preferred over homemade dyes because the quality of the former is much better. The dyes last long on shoes and with the instructions provided you can easily dye your shoes. The coloring agent and fixatives come along with the kit and you can start dyeing your shoes after carefully reading the instructions mentioned in the manual. You can also prepare an organic dye at home by combining black tea and green tea. This will give a typical ivory shade to your shoes. Dyes prepared from beet root, henna and carrots have a rich pink and orange texture that match well with outfits of similar color.
Start Dyeing Your Shoes
Pack a bunch of tissue papers inside the shoes before you start dyeing. This will prevent the color from spreading into the interior as the tissue papers will act like an absorbent. You can dilute the color with water if you want a lighter shade or else use concentrated dyes to achieve a bright texture. Shoe dyeing brushes are provided along with the kits and you can use them for staining your shoes. A few brands of shoe dyeing kits are not equipped with brushes. In such cases, you can use a thick, smooth bristled painting brush to color the pairs. You can also use a paint brush roller or cotton swabs for staining your shoes. Use the brush in a gliding motion and apply forward strokes uniformly.
Add Smooth Finish
You can apply another coat to fill up the gaps that are more likely to be present on your shoes after application of the first coat. Make sure that the back portion of shoe is dyed uniformly. Apply coats on the heels and check that every part has been covered. Once the shoes have been dyed completely, you can allow them to dry. Do not expose them to sunlight as the color might fade away. Air dry the shoes in room temperature to achieve the exact color and texture. You can decorate your wedding shoes with glitter and ribbons once they have dried completely.
Now that you know how to dye wedding shoes, you can easily customize your bridal footwear. It's always suggested to try the dyeing process first on a pair of spare shoes and then apply finally on your wedding pair. If nothing is ready at the last moment, then you can order custom dyed shoes from the Dyeable company.