Handpainted diy wedding shoes


Inspired by a pair of wedding shoes that didn't fit, Offbeat Bride reader Sophomania mused, "Vegan footwear is not only hard to find but expensive. But hey, I am a crafty bitch! I might as well DIY it!" So she took a pair of cheap non-leather pumps from Pay-Less and painted them freehand. The results are stunning:

  1. These are great! What type of paint did you use? And did you use an acrylic sealer when you were finished? Just curious. Awesome job!!!

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  2. Yes I love these! I would also like to know what kind of paint was used. Crafty vegans attack.

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  3. Gorgeous! My husband (we're still getting weddinged) paints sneakers and pumps for a living… There is a company called Angelus that he has found (after much trial and error) that works the best for longevity and yes they have a sealer. I'm pretty sure you can google them and find a place to buy it. I know I can't pimp his wears here, but if your not a DIY type and you want to see his work shoot me an email.

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    • Amanda, is angelus paint good to use on satin shoes?

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  4. whoops forgot my URL, now you can get a hold of me if you have any other questions about painting shoes.

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  5. freaking AWESOME!
    if I could paint like that, everything I own would have beautiful designs.
    well done!

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  6. Whoa! Those are INCREDIBLE! …I'm sensing an Etsy shop in Sophomania's future… And I'd love to be the first customer!

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  7. These shoes are beautiful!

    I recently found another great vegan shoe at http://www.mohop.com – they definitely fall into the "expensive" category, but they are also very re-wearable.

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  8. Go Sophomania! Beautiful shoes and good on you for getting crafty!

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  9. Oh, my god, that's just brilliant! I am so stealing this idea!

    Please please please let me know what you used to make them! My painting experience is limited to oils.

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  10. HOT!!! i don't have talent for painting , but i did fing some feathers. And I am handy with a glue gun!

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  11. Wow! I might just put my fiance's artistic skills to work and create a mini-shoe shop in our apartment for my wedding shoes!

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  12. Those are absolutely unbelievable! I mean wow, wow, wow! You need to consider this as a job.

    Would love to see the dress that went with those great shoes. :-)

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  13. Wow, you did a great job!

    BTW, where where the first shoes from? I'd love to get those floral mary-janes!!

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  14. Whoa! I'm not a gal who drools over shoes, but those red babies are giving me some serious shoe-lust.

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  15. Wow! I feel really honor to be featured on the blog.

    Thanks everyone for all the great comments!

    I made this first pair with spray paint and paint pens.

    Unfortunately, the paint cracked making the shoes a one-time-wear thing. So I reached out the the OBT community to find more flexible paint for shoes.
    I can't wait to experiment further to see if I can find a way to get the look I want with some level of durability.

    However, being a Grad student I have not found the time or the money to branch out!

    Oh, and the Floral mary-janes are from chinese laundry. I found them on vegan chic, but I don't think they are still available.

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  16. Love how original the DIY wedding shoes are! Can't believe even the shoes can be so unique!

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  17. Unreal. The artist is super talented! Makes me want to bust out the paintbrushes!

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  18. These are adorable! I love them! It adds a very nice touch!

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  19. Hello – those wedding shoes that didn't fit in the top photo – can you let me know what brand they were?

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  20. Hello – those wedding shoes that didn't fit in the top photo – can you let me know what brand they were?

    (Or if they're a UK6/US8? can we come to some sort of arrangement? lol)

    I'm wishing I was as talented as you.

    Kind regards,

    Clare

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