Easy Painterly Shoe Makeover

DIY easy shoe makeover
I’ve transformed a boring pair of shoes into something worth stepping in today. It was a quick and easy project that on only required a couple of supplies.

I’m currently in London and wasn’t planning on crafting whilst travelling, but the shoes I packed, although light and super comfortable were just ‘blah’. I bought them a while ago with the intention of jazzing them up (because they remind me of jazz ballet shoes) but never got around to it. After a week of constant wear, they were looking a bit shabby.

Inspired by some pretty printed leather brogues I’ve seen around, I improvised with what I had on hand (Emma’s markers) and gave my old shoes a new look.

You will need:

Shoe makover - before
– Light coloured leather shoes (works best on natural un-coated leather that will absorb ink)
– Markers – choose a harmonising colour pallet
– Neutral shoe polish
– Soft cloth
Hint: Test markers on an inconspicuous area of the shoe first (like on the tongue) to ensure your markers are compatible with the shoe leather.

How to:

Shoe make over - how to
1. Clean shoes and remove laces.
2. Decide on your design (do a little test run first on paper) and start colouring.
3. When complete, coat with a thin layer of shoe polish and buff of gently with a soft cloth. The colour of the leather may deepen slightly.
4. Re-lace and enjoy your new pair of shoes!
painterly shoe makover for spring
The little park opposite our flat in London is full of pretty white daisies. Apparently it’s been the first week of nice weather this summer and everyone is out in force soaking up the sunshine.
painterly shoe makover for spring
I’ll be posting all about our travels in London over on My Poppet LIVING.


  • Tonya says:

    Cute! I wonder whether fabric markers would work well on leather too?

  • Sarah Helene says:

    How creative! Love your “painted” pair of shoes. . . PERFECT for summer days about the city & countryside! Thanks for sharing! Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Bee Lady says:

    If I were to make something like this, it would look like a three year old got a hold of my markers and colored on my shoes! They look great! Very creative.

    Cindy Bee

  • Elsie Pop says:

    Lovely upcycle – the result is gorgeous! xx

  • jet says:

    i love your shoes, so smart to use sharpies, lately i have done a shoemakeover for plants to hang in.
    Because i will hang them out side on the balcony they needed a good weather proof painting and finished.
    I need now to wait for the summer time, here it is winter.
    And finding a persone that will drill holes;-D
    but yours are awesome as well and perhaps one day i will try this out .
    thank you for the sharing and the tute:-D

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