How to make cheap, awesome, and easy custom shoes for any occasion #Fashion DIY#comic books#diy shoes#shoes#tutorial September 27 | Guest post by Catie Osborn Offbeat Bride featured a pair of comic book shoes. I looked at them and thought to myself "Oh." Two days later, I had my first pair. A week or so later, I have 12. Oops. It's amazing because you can do this for literally any occasion. I've made Shakespeare shoes (from the actual script) for my opening night of Titus Andronicus, I've printed off interesting patterns for holidays, I've torn apart magazines and newspapers — seriously: you can do this with ANYTHING. Anyway, here's the low down on how to create your own custom shoes for nearly free. Step One: Procure a pair of shoes with a fairly smooth surface. I bought the black patent pair you see in the photos for $1.50 at Salvation Army, but if you're skeeved out by used shoes, I understand. (I always clean mine out before I wear them). Step Two: Procure some art. What I love about this project is the limitless potential it has. Think creatively. I printed off some clip art for my first pair (seen in the picture) because I was hesitant about cutting up a comic book until I knew it would work), but you can use any sort of thin print media. Simply cut whatever it is you want to rock out of whatever source you choose to get it from and you're good to go. AMAZINGPANTS light-up shoe clips! Hold the freaking phone -- here's an awesome way to ad a little spice to your wedding shoes by DIYing your own LED shoe clips.... [more] Step Three: Procure some Mod Podge and a brush. (Side note, make sure your brush is clean. I didn't, so if you look carefully, the "Bam" is a little grungy looking.) Apply Mod Podge to BACK of your paper/newsprint/art/whatever and let it soak in just enough to be flexible. Stick onto your shoe. Step Four: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge across the top to seal. For rain/waterproofing, spray with a clear lacquer, available from your friendly neighborhood hardware store. (Or don't wear paper covered shoes in the rain. Either/or. ) Trim around the edges of your shoe if you have any bits sticking over the edge. Step Five: ROCK. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catie Osborn Catie Osborn is a trained Shakespearean actress and is therefore broke. She spends her time writing, crafting and working for a non-profit theatre company in the midwest. She has a blog. It's somewhat interesting. She has blue hair. This attracts more attention, as she carefully blends her dye to match The Doctor's Police Box. At some point, she will become an Offbeat Bride, but until then, she contentedly spends her days designing wedding invitations and working as a wedding coordinator for other offbeat friends and fellows. http://catieosborn.com PREVIOUS Laura & Mark's Australian High Country wilderness wedding NEXT This gay wedding at a children's museum wins the internet today Toggle comments [ 7 ] LOVE this. Never occurred to me it's not an all or nothing thing to do – I don't have to completely cover the shoe to mod-podge something awesome onto it. LOVE this. Thanks! 3 agree Reply these are brilliant! the possibilities are endless! thanks!!! 0 agree Reply YOU'RE WELCOME! Now go forth and rock. 3 agree Reply Totally going to have to try this! great idea! ? 1 agrees Reply I love this! I was just brainstorming about making my own custom shoes bc I'll never find what I have in mind. 1 agrees Reply Love this idea! I'm a total shoe girl and had considered paying out for a custom pair but now I'm going to make my own with the sheet music for our ceremony song as my friend is playing the violin for us! 0 agree Reply What a cool idea! I have some shoes that I want to spruce up and this might be the solution! I just need to decide which design I want…I recently stuck some gems onto another pair of shoes and that worked well. Like this: http://forum.scottishweddingdirectory.co.uk//showthread.php?18382-sparkle-shoes-diy-help 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.