Custom Painted Shoes

Custom Painted Shoes

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 25th 2021

Paint your own sneakers using SoSoft® Fabric Acrylics.


    • ruler
    • cardboard
    • baby wipes
    • masking tape
    • white canvas shoes
    • small flat brush
    • cotton swabs
    • colored pencil (pink or grey)



    For best results, natural materials work best with fabric paints.

    1. Start with some new white canvas sneakers, or refresh an old pair with a geometric design.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. I worked on the tongue first. Unlace the shoes and pull the tongues out. Gather your color palette of SoSoft Fabric Acrylics. Place something stiff behind the tongues and use masking tape to hold each in place. Mask off the toes of the shoes to minimize accidents. Take a straightedge and a light-colored pencil and begin to draw on geometric shapes. Begin painting some areas using a small flat brush, Peacock Teal, and Golden Brown.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Place colors so they are evenly balanced. The shoes don't have to match. It's probably even be better if they don't.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Continue to fill in shapes using Bright Avocado, Bittersweet Orange, and Antique Gold. Allow to dry. Remove the masking tape.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Tuck in the tongues and use the same process to paint the outside of the shoes: Mask off the rubber parts of the shoes, draw on geometric shapes using a straightedge and a light-colored pencil, and paint the shapes with Peacock Teal, Golden Brown, Bright Avocado, Bittersweet Orange, and Antique Gold. (Tip: Use a cotton swab to remove any wet paint from the eyelets of the shoes.)
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Continue filling in shapes with color until the shoe is completely covered. Allow to dry.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Remove the masking tape and wipe around the rubber edges with a baby wipe to clean up excess paint, if needed.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Lace them back up and literally stand out from the crowd with upcycled back-to-school shoes that no one else will have.
    16. Instruction #8