Some things I didn't put in the actual tutorial:
* If you are low on time and HAVE to use a blow-dryer, blow each side at least fifteen minutes before applying the next coat of paint. It'll do, but the stress points will crack more with intense wear than a shoe that was allowed to dry for a day or two between layers of paint.
* The reason to use the acrylic sealing spray is to protect the paint from the weather. I wore my costume shoes in drizzle and ran around in mud and the paint held, but I sprayed them a couple of times with sealer and let them dry outside for a few hours. Hair spray will do if necessary, but if possible get actual acrylic sealer. I used matte.
* If you need shoe laces in a certain color and can't buy them in time, you can actually use acrylic paint in a pinch too. They'll be stiff, but usable until you can get your hands on fabric paint.
*I heavily suggest using Neo Jaquard or Jaquard Fabric paint for stress points.
This is the paint I've had the most success with. Everywhere ELSE on the shoe--tongue, sides, etc--feel free to use Basic, Liquitex, whatever, because it's only at the stress points where paint will fall off. If you find another paint that works, let me know! Link to shoe repair and how to paint stress points below.
Oh, and obviously this is NOT the only way to paint a shoe! You can also paint them with spray paint. Experiment and see what works best!
The rest of the 'So You Want To....' series:
Sewing Fur: [link]
Making Props with Sculpey: [link]
Bird Tail: [link]
Painting Leather Shoes: [link]
Repairing Damaged Painted Shoes: [link]
Dog Sock Buddy Toy: [link]