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So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster
THESE SHOES ARE FOR SALE. PM ME.

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: fav.me/d5mg5vt
Making Props with Sculpey: fav.me/d3jqyqn
Bird Tail: fav.me/d2s5k13
Painting Leather Shoes: fav.me/d38qiih
Repairing Damaged Painted Shoes: fav.me/d3bzzj5
Dog Sock Buddy Toy: fav.me/d5mfxd
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:iconrioprince:
rioprince Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Nice answers in replace of the question with real point of view and explaining about that.
Elevator Shoes
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icytrus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey umm can you make a tutorial on how to sew hoodie? :)
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:iconmoonymonster:
moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
You can buy a pattern for that! XD I suggest Simplicity, Butterick or McCall. Stay away from Burda.
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aniwablue Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, so well explain! Thank a lot! One day, I will use it for sure!
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moonymonster Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Good luck! Make sure to read teh artist's comments too because I cover more stuff there.
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aniwablue Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you for the informations! You're so kind!
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moonymonster Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Aw you're welcome <3
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RodrigoPecine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
awesome! ill be using this for a Cap.A suit for sure :D
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Haha have fun XD Though remember to test it on a smaller area first. You might want to experiment with leather paint as well. I've heard such a paint exists, but I've never been able to find it--but if you go into specialty stores you might be able to. If you're going to use this for large areas, you may want to spray paint the areas that'll be still or paint with a cheaper paint like Basic and save the Jaquard for the areas that will bend, just because Jaquard is harder to find. You can add a medium paint to extend its life (I used Lyquitex medium for fabric on another costume and it works really well). Experiment and see what works out! And note I've never done this on pleather, this is for real leather.
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electricswing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
do you know if this works on faux leather?
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I think someone in the comments said she tried it on faux leather and it didn't work very well. I would experiment on a small area or if you have any scrap pleather that's similar try it on that first. I definitely know it doesn't work well on anything coated with plastic. The plastic-coated canvas is okay, but when I wear the shoes that's the area most likely to peel. (I used the technique on a pair of pure leather shoes, and it's never peeled. It's just the plastic areas on this shoe that has.) It does work on canvas though, so it really just depends on the material. (Canvas you don't have to sand, but if you are starting with shoes that aren't white, you have to paint the area white first.) So yeah....just experiment. Let me know too! I'm curious.
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electricswing Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
thanks!
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
No prob ^^ Good luck!
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DreadHawk93 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what type of shoes are those? brand name please? cuz im looking for shoes like that, for cosplay.
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I don't know. I believe there are close-up shots in the tutorial that show the brand, though. ^^ I think it's Creative Recreation, but I'd look at the shoe.
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thanks :D
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
If only I actually HAD leather shoes. :'D
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Haha, true. I think this would work on pleather too, but I've never tried it.
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Pleather?
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:iconmoonymonster:
moonymonster Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Fake leather, made from some sort of plastic. Pleather. XD They make "leather" shoes and "leather" jackets and such out of it.
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, I don't think my shoes are that, either.
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Possibly ^^ They make shoes out of lots of things.
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
My shoes are kind of fuzzy, what might that be? I'm pretty sure it's not leather or suede, though I don't know enough about clothes to be sure (though leather I know from the car seats is definitely not fuzzy).
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Leather's not fuzzy, no XD The only fuzzy material I know of would be suede, to be honest. But I'm not exactly an expert on all the materials used for shoes XD If you still have the shoebox maybe you can look at the materials on that? Or go back to the shoe store and ask them?
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12enma12 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
will it works on... shoes... uh.... thingy like.... converse?
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:iconmoonymonster:
moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Oh, yeah, easy. Canvas shoes like Converse don't need to be sanded or anything like that, though. Just put them through the washer first and let them air dry to get rid of any dyes or dirt on the shoe, then paint them with acrylics. I suggest putting a coat of white under any light colors or they won't show up so well, especially on darker shoes....also, once acrylics dry they won't wash out, even when you throw them in the washing mashine, so map out what you're going to paint before you paint it. ^^
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Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
looks interesting! I painted my shoe with leather colour, but sadly some of this colour crumble Ó_ò
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Yes, that's why I wrote this. In any place that's not a stress point this will hold for any amount of wears--I painted my shoes in January and I've yet to repair them anywhere but the stress points. The stress points, however, do require repair. That's why there's a second tut ^^; But that's because the shoes bend constantly at stress points and the paint gets bent as well, so it has trouble holding on.
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student General Artist
This is so helpful
Me and my friends were having a dilemma of what to do for our Sailor Scout shoes
We brought up either painting them or putting boot covers on them
I cosplayed Pikachu once and used boot covers. They worked for that design cause I wanted them loose and to seem like leg warmers... but I grew against using the idea for the Sailor Scouts.
My Sailor Moon boots are a black pleather/leather. I have to paint them a pink colour. Would I have to do every step in this tutorial for the fabric?
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
^^ I remembered you said you were going to experiment with this, so I wanted to let you know I wrote a tut on how to deal with stress points ^^ It might help.
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student General Artist
oh thank you
I just went to it to favourite it so I could find it later.
My friend who is being Jupiter just bought her paint and is giving it to me since I have the shoes and laces XD
Meanwhile... I need to go buy my paint. should get started on that this week
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
XD Good luck! Can't wait to see the results :D
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student General Artist
alright
well so far I applied 3 coats of white and the Sailor Moon shoes started chipping really bad around the ankles just from merely moving them (nothing has happened to the Jupiter shoes though...yet)
I stuffed tissue paper in them to make them stand straight because, when the knee high portions fall down to the side, they crack worse. I was wondering if the cracking will cease slightly after I put the sealer over top... and if there was any other way to make the cracking not as dramatic.
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I think 3 coats might be too much...I noticed that the thinner the paint, the more likely it'll be to not chip. But it sounds like the ankles are a stress point, which makes sense--my shoes do that too. With stress points you just have to repair them...I don't quite understand. Is this during wear, or during painting? Could you send me a photo? That might help a lot ^^; I'm a visual person. But if you're painting them right now, yeah, you definitely need to paint them when they're stuffed so they stay upright, and remain that way, cos it takes a long time for this stuff to dry, and they shouldn't be figeted with in the meantime. But it sounds like the paint may not be taking...I worked with foam flip-flops with this technique and sneakers, but not boots, so I don't know if it might work differently because it molds to the calf/higher. You may need to use spray paint ^^; But I'd like to see a photo if I could. I don't know if it's the paint, or amount of time you allot to dry, or what the shoe itself is made out of, or just the wear-and-tear aspect.
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I had to use 3 cause the black wasn't fully covered. it was still pretty visible.
I have a photo that I'll submit to DA right now of the boots.
They chipped during the moving of them. I did them outside when it was nice and moved them in- before they had stuffing in them to keep them straight. They collapsed over and chipped then. When I wore them, they sorta chipped but not that much.
If i use spray paint now, will it work or still chip cause it's covering the acrylic?

My dad believes I didn't sand it well enough to allow the paint something to stick to. But the Jupiter boots are just peachy. I'll show you a picture of them both. Just visit my profile and it's up there.
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I think your dad might be right. Moving them without stuffing them would be a pretty bad idea cos the paint didn't have time to dry...and it does take a long time for the paint to dry enough so that it won't crack immediately. If you plan on using spray paint, wash all of the acrylics off first. Otherwise it's pretty pointless ^^; But repairs are pretty much inevitable with this technique. I have to repair my shoes after every wear, although usually in different places XD It doesn't take much time compared to painting them in the first place, but it is something to consider.
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Well, if it's canvas, you just have to make sure it's clean and paint it. It'll stay forever. If it's foam, I'll be putting up a tutorial of that soon, but it's pretty much the same...just make sure it's clean before painting. I don't know about pleather, because I've never worked with it...but yes, if you're working with leather, you must do this, and give yourself at least two weeks before you actually plan on wearing them. It takes a long time to do this, especially since fabric paint takes several days to dry just by itself. I haven't worked with pleather, so I can't say anything about that.

I've seen some cosplayers with spray painted shoes--that may be worth a try as well. Just make sure you have a white base before you put on color--this is the most vital step because otherwise the original color of the shoe WILL show and defeat the purpose of painting XD I've also met people who have bought cheap boots and glued fabric onto the boots. If your boots don't need to shine, this might be a good alternative. I'll be experimenting with it myself soon, so I might put a tut of that up too XD Otherwise, I'd suggest acrylics with a shiny sealer spray or glaze painted on (I haven't tried the glaze myself, so can't say if it works), or spray paint. But I haven't done spray paint personally, so you'd have to ask someone who's worked with it how to apply it properly. I just noticed that it does keep a shine.
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you very much
I'll see what i can do with my boots
guess I'll just work with them *nod nod*
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Yeah, I'd just experiment and see what works. Maybe since pleather is synthetic it'd be like working with foam and you'd just have to wash it...I'd sand it anyway to make the surface a bit coarser, but like I said, it's worth an experiment. Maybe buy some pleather from a fabric store and test it on that first?
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student General Artist
okie dokie
I'll see what I can do ^ - ^
Your tutorial is still very helpful and I plan to show it to the rest of my group cosplayers
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Thank you very much ^^ Please show me the results! I'd love to see how someone else used this ^^
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VisualKei666 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
you are welcome and I will
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tinkHEROINE Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011   Artist
ohh thanks :D
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
^^ You're quite welcome. I hope this helps people, even without a solution to the stupid stress point problem...maybe someone else will figure it out >< I'm going to see if I can afford some spray cans and fix it that way. I saw someone who sprayed their shoes and it looked nice, but they didn't put a white base so the original color still showed beneath it....really, the most important thing is to put white first. Everything else is gravy XD
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tinkHEROINE Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011   Artist
yeahh :P
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kingdom-key32 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is a good idea
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moonymonster Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Thank you! <3
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kingdom-key32 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Welcome
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