DIY // Painted Striped Shoes

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DIY Painted Shoes

It’s a beautiful morning here in Florida! After Hurricane Matthew paid us a visit this past weekend, we finally have a sunny and beautiful fall day. A morning in the upper 60’s was well overdue! It makes for a perfect day to share my latest DIY tutorial. I don’t get to wear canvas shoes too often living in Florida because of how warm it is year round, but I absolutely love when I do! They are super comfortable, perfect for a day of running around, and often come in fun patterns.  Here’s the truth though. I simply can’t afford all the Keds or Kate Spade shoes my heart desires.  So I’ve decided to take the matter into my own hands.  For around $15 I purchased white canvas shoes from Target, grabbed a few paint colors I had at home, and created my own painted striped shoes with a pop of color.

You don’t have to be artistic to create these shoes but a little patience is needed. These would be great to create during a rainy Saturday afternoon or an evening staying in.  I’m in love with the results and love the fact that I spent half the price {maybe even less than that}! Ready to create a pair of your own?  Today’s DIY post will show you the step-by-step process to easily create a pair of your own for this fall season.

Creating your own pair of patterned striped canvas shoes


White canvas shoes || 2 paint colors of your choice || Paint palette || Paintbrush || Pencil || Painter’s tape || Measuring tape

Tip: Most of my acrylic paints can be used on fabric. Check the back of your bottle to see if yours is too.  If you don’t have any, Martha Stewart paints are perfect for fabric!

Supplies to create your own pair of painted striped canvas shoes

The How-To:

Step 1: Determine the width you want each stripe to be. As you can see in my picture, my lines were a little over 1/4 of an inch. Evenly mark the width of your line using dots. 

Measure the width of each stripe.

Step 2: Using your painters tape, evenly line it up with the dots you just marked on your canvas shoes.  Trace along the edge of the tape with your pencil for a straight line.

Place a piece of painters tape along your measurements.

Trace along the painter's tape to draw a straight line.

Step 3: Remove the painters tape. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you get to the back of the shoes.

Remove the painter's tape.

Trace stripes down the entire length of the shoe.

Step 4: Carefully paint every other stripe on both shoes.  Take your time with this step to ensure straight lines. You may also need a smaller paintbrush to paint around the eyelets. This is the perfect time to watch your favorite show as you complete this step.

Painting stripes on a pair of shoes

Step 5: Using your second paint color, paint the back section of each shoe.

Paint the back of each show a solid color.

DIY Striped Shoes

That’s it!  Allow your shoes to fully dry before enjoying them.  You can even apply a sealant if you’re concerned about the paint coming off. I love how these shoes are perfect for the fall yet you can go boating in them during the summer.  You can’t beat a great pair of fun, custom shoes for $15.  Try a different pattern or switch up the colors for your own pair.  Football season is here so why not paint them your favorite team’s colors?  Either way, I would love to see what you create!
Canvas Striped shoes you can paint yourself.

Painting your own shoes.

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