DIY Colorful Kicks

Guess what these two irish ladies will be celebrating ONE WEEK from today?! St. Patrick’s Day! Living in the Chicagoland area, St. Patty’s day is quite the celebration. Parades, bagpipes, a green river, soda bread, lots of shamrocks… these goodies are just the start of the irish tradition that sneak up every March. Since Casey and I both come from Irish clans with the last names that start with O’, of course we have lots of green festivities in store over the next week. To “kick off” the celebration of all things green, we introduce you to this year’s St. Patrick’s day footwear of choice.
DIY painted shoes
DIY Colorful Kicks! For under $10, these personalized gym shoes will be the perfect touch o’ green to my green ensemble and will keep me comfy all day long. Before we get into the details, let me first say this requires absolutely NO painting skills and is definitely a ROOKIE craft. With a pretty random tape job and dabbing some shades of green on these puppies, these colorful kicks are a no-brainer!
painted shoe supplies

Deco-paint (3-4 colors)
Sponge brushes
Painter’s Tape
A pair of white canvas shoes (I picked mine up for around four bucks at Walmart, but I know Payless Shoes, K-mart & even Target carry these as well).

taped shoes
To start off, I randomly taped one shoe in a geometric pattern that covered as much of the white as I could. Trust me when I say there really was no rhyme or reason to the taping, just random taping.
DIY shoe tutorial

One thing I do like about how these turned out is the top/front of the shoe. I taped the shoe in a way that the toe area would have a solid color, and I really did like how that turned out. You, of course, don’t have to create yours this way, it just worked for me.

shoe painted
painted canvas shoes

When I was done taping the first shoe, I tried to mirror the tape job on the second shoe. It’s definitely not perfect (actually, you don’t even really have to do both shoes the same if you don’t want to), but I tried. With so much “going on” all over the shoe, if you miss an area or if one part is completely different than the other shoe’s equal part- I really don’t think anyone would be able to notice.

painted shoes
DIY shoe tutorial
When both shoes were finished being taped, I made sure ALL of the tape was very secure along my tape lines. Having the tape secured onto the shoe is ESSENTIAL in making sure the paint doesn’t bleed onto areas that are supposed to stay white. Once you feel confident that the tape is in place, it’s time to paint!
green toes

I started off with the mini paint brush, but realized I liked using a small sponge brush instead; both are completely acceptable! I painted all of the untaped areas by switching off shades of green (trying to make sure the same shade of green was never next to itself). I followed that same color pattern on both shoes.

green shoes

Once both shoes were painted, I let the paint dry (only took about 1/2 hour…. tops).

shoes final

I peeled off the tape and realized that I loved the green but didn’t love the large strips of white that were still remaining. If you love the design more simple like this, you’re all done! But if you’re like me and want MORE color, repeat the taping & painting process once again.

green shoes
This time, it’s okay to tape on top of the previously painted, dried areas (keyword: DRY).
st. patrick's day shoes
Add some more pops of color and wait for the paint to dry.
diy painted shoes
close up shoe
st. patty's day shoes
When you remove the tape the second time, you’re left with festive green kicks that will work perfect with your St. Patty’s Day gear! 
geometric shoes

But if you’re not in the market for hot green shoes, first let me tell you- I understand and respect that. These do have a little 80’s flair to them don’t they? However, using a variety of different colors could work for these shoes and make them far more versatile than just Irish Apparel. These could be the perfect accessory for…

– Your next tailgate party (MVP Fan with your team’s colors painted on your shoes!) You’ll probably win some extra ‘cred’ from your +1 too #bonuspoints

Baseball season is right around the corner, any die hard fans out there?

– These could be perfect for kids (in their favorite colors or even in their school colors… go team, go!)

– Any fellow teachers in the crowd? I know us teachers are always in the market for something that reflects school spirit on Fridays! #helloreasontowearjeans

Teenage Craft Night– because what teenage girl doesn’t want to gossip about what the boys are up to while crafting with her BFF’s?! Plus, the girls will already have something to wear on Monday without having to try on everything in their closets Sunday Night.

–  Easter’s around the corner, this is dripping with easter basket potential if you ask me! I can see it now – – little feet running to find easter eggs in these little pastel kicks.

– The possibilities are endless really!

DIY geometric shoes

Regardless of how you make these colorful kicks work for you, all I know is…
1. I will be rocking these green kicks as I celebrate all things Irish this weekend
And 2. I will never be a shoe model

  • So cute! I’m starting to plan my green outfit for our Saturday celebrations. These shoes also remind me of my childhood… I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of these white shoes I went through when I was younger. I love the idea of making a pair for college football season too!

  • Dana, you should totally make some before football kicks off next fall! And yes, these were all the rage when we were kids weren’t they?!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Lol I think you’re a great shoe model! They look super fun and festive, love the idea!

  • That’s what I said Alysia! She should totally add “shoe model” to her resume.