This DIY tutorial will show you how easy it is to customize and paint shoes using Angelus Direct paint!
A few weeks ago during a random trip to my local thrift store, I discovered a pair of Old Skool Vans my size in PERFECT condition. When I say perfect, I truly mean, perfect– no scuffs, no smell, no marks in the soles- except for the fact that they were purple. I obviously bought them because inspiration struck and well, who turns down shoes for $5.99?! I recently stumbled upon a website, Angelus Direct, dedicated to painting shoes and customizing products and immediately ordered a starter kit! Look how good these came out guys, they look identical to the Original Old Skool Vans!
So if you want to learn how to completely revamp or simply paint your shoes, keep on reading!
- Painters Tape
- Water & Stain Repellant (Angelus Direct sells a can for $4.77!!)
- Angelus Direct Starter Kit (currently on sale for $28.95, here) this kit is honestly AMAZING, it includes everything you need for this DIY:
- 3 Standard Paints of your choice
- 1 Acrylic Finisher of your choice
- 1 Easy Cleaner 8 oz
- 1 Leather Preparer & Deglazer
- 1 Premium Sneaker Cleaning Brush
- 1 Angelus Paint Brush Set of Five
Step 1: *Skip this step all together if the shoes you are painting are not leather* Take off the laces and dip a cotton ball in the Leather Preparer & Deglazer. As you rub the cotton ball all over the shoes, you are removing the clear coating that manufacturers spray to protect them. Make sure you remove this coating completely (repeat the process 2-3 times) so that the paint binds to the leather instead of the cleat coat.
Step 2: Tape off the parts of the shoes you aren’t painting- in this case, the soles! Take your time with this because I promise it will be worth it in the end! You avoid painting parts of the shoe you don’t want painted and speeds up your process all together.
I used an x-acto knife (purchased from Angelus Direct as well) to perfect all the edges but you are more than welcome to use your fingernail!
Step 3: Time to paint your shoes! If you have dark shoes and want to paint them a light shade, I recommend painting 2-3 coats of white paint prior to your primary color. If you have light shoes then you can start painting with your primary color right away!
Paint thin coats to allow the paint to properly dry and to avoid any cracking once you’re done. For the Vans, I painted a light coat of black and let it air dry for 30 minutes (an hour if you are painting leather). You are more than welcome to speed up this process by using a hair dryer! I repeated this process a total 3 times.
Step 4: Once the shoes are painted and dry, take off the masking tape and inspect the shoes for any areas you might have missed. If you were not able to get as close as you’d like to the sole of the shoe, use the fine line brush from the Angelus Direct starter kit to patch up any holes- be very very patient in this step! If you get paint where you’re not supposed to, its okay! Grab a q-tip or cotton ball with nail polish remover and carefully dab the area.
Step 5: Once the paint on your shoes has dried, spray 2-3 even coats of the Water & Stain Repellant to both shoes. This product is a serious must have, especially for the price!!! I use it for EVERYTHING and anything (leather, suede, canvas, sneakers, purses, belts, etc). It creates a clear protective coating that literally repels water and stains, perfect for those rainy and muddy Florida days!
Step 6: Show off your custom shoes and continue to scour your local thrift store for more shoes to paint and DIY projects 🙂