You might think of making dying shoes as a do-it-yourself project. Conceptually, this sounds simple – put the shoes in the right color for a while, let it dry and you're done. Unfortunately, that approach can meet with disastrous results.
Making dyeable shoes for weddings & bridal parties is a complicated process, which is why experts generally recommend that you don't color your own wedding shoes.
However, if you want to try, here are some tips:
- Dyes are generally special fabrics and will not work on other materials. Choose colors that are suitable for the material from which your shoes are made. For example, you need to use a different formulation for satin shoes that can be colored than those for silk.
- Re-check whether your shoes can be dyed. Shoes that can be colored are shown thus.
- Follow the instructions on the dye. Some dyes instruct you to dip your shoes in hot water. Others ask for sponges or brushing the dye directly on shoes.
- Practice first with cheap shoes to hone your technique.
- Be prepared with a backup plan if the end result is not what you imagine.
- Dipped shoes are not waterproof, so be prepared to cover your shoes with a waterproof spray. Even so, be careful that your shoes stay dry and clean.
Follow these tips and you might end up with amazing results.