Friday, April 09, 2010

painted wedge sandal


I have a little bit of a shoe obsession and living in sunny San Diego, I gravitate towards buying lots of wedge sandals- perfect for warm weather dress up and feeling tall- I have many pairs! My most recent purchase was a pair of brown canvas wedge sandals (cheap and comfy!) that I thought would be perfect to alter with a little paint!



I picked colors that would look nice with the dark brown background- fun but not too bright- so they could still be more of a "neutral" brown shoe.

I painted directly on the canvas surface with acrylic paint (from experience I know it won't come off!)
I painted lots of abstract shapes of flowers.


I let the shapes dry and then added fine lines and detail.


And more detail.


and now I have a pair of whimsical spring shoes that nobody will be wearing!





52 comments:

Henni said...

i looove these shoes! and i got an addiction myself ;)
did you use fabric paint or just normal acrylic paint? will need something water resistant here...

Bevie said...

Wow these are adorable!! I am going to find some shoes to paint...I'm having a ball checking out all your tuturals...thanks for sharing so much of YOU!!!
Bevie
http://dreamsofpurelove.blogspot.com

Celeste said...

wow those are super nice! a lot of people will be jealous :)

whyducks said...

I just love them.

Bee said...

I love this! I also love wedge sandals! Thanks for another great idea!!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Add this to my list of alisa projects i wanna try out!

Carol said...

I would also love to know what kind of paint you used. And if its not waterproof, how could we do that? Mine will get wet here in Houston, or perhaps even just melt in the humidity, ha!

Kristin Ann said...

ADORABLE!

April said...

Ooh. Purdy!

Lu said...

Great idea, your shoes looks so beautiful after having painted them, great choice of colors and style!

Yash said...

Once upon a time, there was a pair of boots waiting to get tossed (for over 2 weeks now- just never got around to do so). Now they're hoping to get painted and to live happily ever after...

Alisa, thank you soooo much for the Inspiration!

Lynnetta said...

Amazing. Thank you again for being so inspiring!

TDT Designs said...

Great shoes! So very cute! Thank you for sharing!

Tracey said...

Very cute and clever! I saw some cute suede mustard slippers at Target on clearance that I might need to try this out on...thanks for the inspiration!

Dianne said...

How coll are they!!!! I love them! I went on a shopping spree today and bought several dresses and two pairs of shoes... I won't be painting them, but one of the dresses I got is yellow with black and white paint splashes all over it. It remeinds me of one of your "messy dresses."

The Vintage Rabbit said...

What a neat project!! I am going to go out and get me a pair!!Thank you for the inspiration!!

p.s. I live in S.D. too!! That quake was a doozy the other day!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
smiles,
Joy~

Artsy Momma said...

love it! so know what I am doing this weekend!!!

Tiff said...

don't take this the wrong way, but i'm pretty sure i'm in love with you. :))))) completely awesome heels.

Kelly Berkey said...

foot candy! i just love them!
kelly

Phoenix Peacock said...

what a fabulous idea!

christy sheffield said...

these are gorgeous! i only have one pair of wedges that I could paint, and I'm sorely tempted to grab them right now. But i'm going to find another pair. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I really love the projects you have been doing lately.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Alisa, you get me every time! Here is another project to add to the roster. I adore your new wedges.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

My 3 year old just read this post with me and said "wow, those are some fancy shoes" :D

kass said...

Alisa these are gorgeous!!

Tyggereye said...

Cute! This is a great idea!

Rowena said...

very cute and such a great idea... so obvious, I don't know why I never thought of it. Canvas shoes. Canvas for painting.

mom, interrupted said...

I just discovered your blog - have loved your work since I saw you make the cute clutch purses out of shopping bags on QATV. Look forward to reading and learning more here!

Janie Husband said...

and they are "awesome".......

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Whoa... those are gorgeous! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing such inspirational ideas! I'll be linking.

Kristi said...

ohmygosh! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!

Shoozles said...

My mom would adore these! She is such a shoe freak! Great idea for Mother's Day. You are so wonderful.

Kimberly said...

I just found you through oneprettything.com! Can I just say, I think you're amazing!!!! I love, love, love these shoes, and your painted umbrellas and pretty much anything you do! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Leisurely Lesley said...

You are way too clever. I am continually amazed at your creativity and unique style.

Jessie said...

Okay - so I've been following you for a little while and I have to know - do you have an idea of what you are going to paint before you start? Or do you just start and see where it goes?
Your style is amazing, and I just can't figure it out! You're so free, yet intentional~! I love it :) Great works!
You inspire me :)

Kelley Hart said...

DANG those are cute! I know you'll have your own shoe line soon.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

I told you I was inspired!
Copied your fabulous idea this weekend... http://sunkissedlapbooks.blogspot.com/2010/04/painted-sandals.html
Thanks again.
Keep being amazing.:-)

britt said...

those are super fun!

The Monster and Me said...

these are amazing i am so jealous! great job! i need to invest in some cute wedges.

♥CMonster
www.bythemonsterandme.com

Tif said...

These are gorgeous! You are amazing!

Emily said...

I used to paint my keds when I was in high school, but haven't considered doing this again, in years! I'm DEFINITELY going to give this a try again, this time with a sandal! Thanks for the reminder!

JudySheaRT said...

What Jesse said.
www.theykeytomyart.wordpress.com

Allison said...

these are so gorgeous!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

These are awesome! What a great idea! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button!

Mommy of Two 24/7 said...

These are so cute! I think I have a pair of shoes similar to these in my closet that I am going to re-vamp them later this week! :) Thank you for the inspiration! :)

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Snickerdoodle said...

I love, love, LOVE your blog! It's hard to get wedge sandles in Australia so I tried this out on a scarf instead. I still have a fair bit to go, but I think it's going to look great when it's done. Here is the link if you want to take a look:

http://snickerdoodlecreations.blogspot.com/2010/04/refashion-from-coat-to-scarf.html

Silvia said...

Sono bellissime, le adoro.

Kathy said...

Beautiful!

Quirky Boots said...

finally got round to giving these a go, very different to yours but thank you for the inspiration to paint my shoes :) xx

http://deezkatz.blogspot.com/2011/09/floral-shoes-tutorial.html

Tanstar said...

absolutely love your idea... I was thinking about painting canvas runners but much prefer wedges :)

Sandale said...

These are awesome! I will buy them when i find. Thank you for the inspiration!

Susan Chuang said...

Trendy and modern wedge shoes, I also want to get one, did you buy it at http://www.upere.com/?

Teddi said...

these are gorgeous! you continue to inspire and amaze me alisa. :)

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