DIY Ombré Shoes

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I have wanted to make ombre shoes for forever but it has always taken a backseat as a project to do since I’ve never had all the supplies I have needed all at once. Well the other day I was walking through the Michael’s clearance section (how many of my projects start) and there were a whole bunch of white canvas shoes, size 7 for $4 each. It must be a sign I thought as I snatched 2 pairs up (because go big or go home right!?). Speaking of signs a few shelves over sat some premixed RIT dye, can you say fate? The clearance colors were really limited but they had a green I liked so I selected that. I then skipped over to the rest of the tie-dye section and chose a pretty blue, my go to color. A quick stop to pick up some sponge brushes and I was on my way home to start this fun project!

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Blue Ombre Shoes
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Green and Blue Ombre Shoes

I was really surprised how easy this project actually was, it just takes a little chunk of time to complete (especially if you decide you want to make 2 types of ombre shoes). While I chose a cheap pair of sneakers to do this project but it should work with any canvas/cotton shoes you would want to dye, so any white keds, converse, and toms should work. I will say you will want to wash the shoes you pick out ahead of time, so there are not any residual chemicals that might counteract the dye left on your shoes. Pick out the color(s) you desire and in no time at all you have something completely unique to you!

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Supplies

  • white cotton/canvas shoes
  • plastic sheet (to protect work space)
  • plastic gloves
  • RIT dye of your choice (+ boiling water, amount depends on the size of your bowl and desired color)
  • 1 sponge brush per color
  • 1 non porous bowl per dye color
  • 1 non porous spoon per color
  • Vaseline (optional)
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Supplies
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Gloves

Instructions

Ahead of time wash your pair of shoes, they can still be wet when ready to start dying.

On the rubber sides of the shoes carefully take a little amounts of Vaseline onto your finger and cover the rubber with a very thin coating of Vaseline, be careful not to get any Vaseline onto the canvas. (looking back I would say I probably could have skipped this step because on the bottom of the shoes where I didn’t put Vaseline there are no traces of the dye, so I guess you could count this step as optional if you really wanted to skip it but it also didn’t hurt to do it).

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Applying Vaseline to rubber

Set up your work space, lay down your plastic, boil water and make your dye following the instructions it came with, make sure that if you put the toe end of your shoe into your bowl there will be enough liquid to cover at least the bottom third, preferably the bottom 2/3’s.

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Prepping your workstation
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Make your dye

Get shoes fully wet.

At this point if you are just doing a single dye you will want to divide the shoes into 3 different sections where you want the 3 different shades, if you are doing a two color ombre we will come back to that after we finish the single color. In order to divide my three sections I made a visual marker on the shoes so I knew where I wanted my dye to go but you could also make a subtle mark with a pencil if needed.

With your gloves on it is now time to start dying, you will start with the toes in and dip the shoes into the bottom 2/3’s* you have visually marked, you will then immediately pull the shoes up to the bottom third where the dye needs to be the darkest, you will want to keep the shoes held here for at least 10 minutes, longer if you desire a darker color. While the shoes are in this position you will want to gently move the shoes up and down a few centimeters at a time around where your visual line is, keep constantly moving, you will do this so you don’t create a solid line but a blurred more ombre looking line. (*alternatively if your bowl is not deep enough to get the dye as far up as you wish use your spoon to get the dye onto your shoes, there is a picture further below)

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Dip your shoes 2/3 of the way into your dye
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Pull your shoes up to the toe and gently move up and down in the bottom 1/3 for at least 10 minutes
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Finished dipping, we are almost there!

Once the dye is to your desired level remove shoes from dye. Wet foam brush in water, you will now use the brush to brush the space between the light dye and white section to get rid of the hard line and give the shoes a more desired look. Starting where the dye is the deepest colored ‘paint’ the dye in strokes back into the white section paying special attention to the solid lines, if need give some extra rubbing to that line area to get rid of that line.

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Start to brush the area between the light dye and the white area
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Continue to brush out the dye into the white area to decrease the lines, add water to the foam brush if needed

Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Rinse shoes in cold water until the water runs clear. Then rinse the shoes in hot water.

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Rinse your shoes until dye runs clear
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All rinsed off and ready to dry!

For a 2 color ombre the steps will be pretty similar as the single color except you will first divide the shoe into 6 section treating each side as its own mini ombre. With your gloves on dip your toes into your chosen color bringing your shoe 2/6 way into the dye, immediately bringing the shoe back up so the bottom 1/6 is just in the dye, while gently lifting the shoe up and down around the line, leave the shoe in the dye for at least 10 minutes or until desired color.

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Your dip sections will be smaller for a two toned ombre
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Alternatively spoon your light color onto your shoes

Once the dye is to your desired level remove shoes from dye. Wet foam brush in water, you will now use the brush to brush the space between the light dye and white section to get rid of the hard line and give the shoes a more desired look. Starting where the dye is the deepest colored ‘paint’ the dye in strokes back into the white section paying special attention to the solid lines, if need give some extra rubbing to that line area to get rid of that line. Do not go past the front half of the shoe as you brush as you will want to make sure you have plenty of room to do the heel of the shoe.

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Brush out your dye
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Use the brush to bring your dye to your desired levels

Rinse shoes in cold water until the water runs clear.

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Rinse your first color until it runs clear
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I was unhappy with the darkness of the green after I had rinsed it so I spooned some dye onto the toes and let it sit for a few minutes and then brushed it out and rinsed it again, I was then much happier with the coloring, so If you are unhappy with the way the dye looks don’t be afraid to add more

Dip your heel into your second chosen color bringing your shoe 2/6 way into the dye, immediately bringing the shoe back up to the bottom 1/6 so just the heel is in the dye, while gently lifting the shoe up and down around the line, leave the shoe in the dye for at least 10 minutes or until desired color.

Once the dye is to your desired level remove shoes from dye. Wet foam brush in water, you will now use the brush to brush the space between the light dye and white section to get rid of the hard line and give the shoes a more desired look. Starting where the dye is the deepest colored ‘paint’ the dye in strokes back into the white section paying special attention to the solid lines, if need give some extra rubbing to that line area to get rid of that line. At this point you can leave the middle as white as you want or attempt to paint the colors into each other.

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Before and after brushing out the shoes

Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Rinse shoes in cold water until the water runs clear. Then rinse the shoes in hot water.

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All rinsed off and ready to dry!

Let shoes sit and dry over night until completely dry. At this point if needed use a towel to wipe off access Vaseline (I didn’t have to do this but if you added a lot wiping it off will be necessary.) Add shoelaces and voila you have ombre shoes!

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Voila! Ombre Shoes!

Peace & Love

The Schmidty Wife

 

One Reply to “DIY Ombré Shoes”

  1. Emeline Post` says: Reply

    Love love love! Can’t wait to try this myself!!

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