How to paint your wedding flats on the cheap and nerdy #Fashion DIY#diy shoes#doctor who#geeky weddings#tutorial Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Nov 20 2014) Guest post by ErynnBaby Right after we got engaged, my fabulous future sister-in-law/bridesmaid/soulmate (who we shall call Doc because she's totally a Ph.D. and I love her!) gifted me a pair of TARDIS-blue suede heels that she bought online and didn't fit her/couldn't return. They fit me perfectly, and I decided to wear them for the wedding. Related Post How to glitterfy your wedding shoes for instant disco awesomeness Tribe member MonkeyDo shows us how to Elton John-ify your wedding shoes. Instant disco shoe party, here we go… Cue booking a completely outdoor venue. Cue me remembering that I've had two knee surgeries in the last four years, and I'm technically not supposed to wear heels. Cue me realizing that what I really needed was two pairs of shoes: my heels for the ceremony and flats for the reception. I really wanted to keep in the nerdy vibe that I had going, so I began searching for Doctor Who or Star Wars shoes that were cute and not more than $50. Yeah, I know… I'm dreaming. So instead I bought a pair of shoes from Payless (on sale for $17.99 with a coupon) and decided to paint them. Here's my step-by-step guide to painting my shoes… The shoe without anything done to it. I included the price tag so you can see the SKU number and such. Step 1: Sketch out what you want to have on your shoes. Mine is the TARDIS. I've also done R2D2 and Boba Fett. The simpler the design the easier it is to paint. Step 2: Because mine was a solid block of color that needed to be painted, I painted the black lines in first. Step 3: First coat of paint. Because these shoes are faux leather they are great canvases for acrylic paint. Sometimes it will take a couple of coats depending on the color. Step 4: Apply more coats of paint. This was about three coats of paint and then three coats of glitter. I also re-painted the black lines to make sure they stayed bold. Step 5: Add in any details (like the writing) into the design. I also made my TARDIS windows glow-in-the-dark. Step 6: Wait for them to dry for 24-48 hours. Step 7: Paint with Mod Podge — I like the outdoor version to seal in the paint and to make them water-resistant. I usually do two-to-three coats, letting it dry for about three hours between coats. I use a foam brush for this (found that it's way easier to use this than a normal paintbrush) and I pay extra attention to the toes and any place where you walk heavier (for me it's the inside of my arches where I put more pressure when I walk). So, now I just have to figure out what to do with the back of the heel. I was thinking of painting "Together Or" on one foot, and "Not At All" on the other and then our date on the back. We'll see! What do you think? Guest post written by ErynnBaby I'm a Star Wars-loving, Doctor Who-watching, punk rocking-blaring, redhead without a cause who masquerades as a high school teacher during the day. I love Disney, Shakespeare, Firefly, and awesome colored nail polish. http://pinterest.com/erynnbaby PREVIOUS April & Dennis' glam '70s festival meets London street food wedding NEXT Come gawk at grooms with long hair Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Forget making these for a wedding… I'll be making a pair for everyday wear! <3 Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂 Reply This is so awesome! I love the Tardis look. I've done shoes like this with Sharpies- they work on Suede or wannabe suede textures-basically the same idea, I'm just terrible with a paint brush. Reply Um… I love them!!! Another idea to "finish" the sides and backs, is to use some make-up wedges to paint space, nebulas and stars. Reply this is the best thing ive seen in a long time <3 Reply WoW!! Great idea!! Beautiful. Reply Thanks for this idea and tips! My girls are gonna geek out over the possibilities. Reply Great idea!! Reply This is so awesome! I love the Tardis look. Reply it's awesome! I like that Reply nice shoes Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.