DIY Fun Striped Shoes

by Sam P. | June 4th, 2015 | DIY, Fashion

diy striped shoes (400x400)We all have that one pair of Vans, Converse, Toms, whatever they are, that we have worn into desolation.  What used to be a cute pair of bright white slip ons are now a ratty pair of dingy shoes.  Why not transform them into a new pair of shoes?  It is an easy a 1,2,3.  No sewing or really any knowledge of fashion is required.  There are a few options.  From painting, to gluing, to painting again.  You can paint on stripes, or a galaxy if you like, or you can glue on stripes, or any pattern you like.


  • Old sneakers
  • Tape and different shades of paint and paintbrushes or sponges


  • Glue and strips of fabric
  • Bleach (optional)


  1. If your shoes are really dirty, you can bleach them first if you like.
  2. For the glue on fabric, start by cutting the fabric into whatever pattern you like.  Stripes are probably the simplest, but stars, polka dots, or any shape you like will work.
  3. Using fabric glue, glue the fabric onto the shoes in whatever pattern you like.


  1. If you would prefer to paint your shoes, you can also bleach them first.
  2. Use fabric tape or painters tape to section off where you don’t want to paint.
  3. Use a paintbrush to paint in where you want color.
  4. If you want to paint on something like a galaxy, follow step one if you like.
  5. Paint the shoe one flat base color, pale blue works best.
  6. Using sponges, lightly layer on other colors.  Work in dark blues, purples, and in small various places, a tab of black.
  7. Go over all of it with a few speckles or dots of white for stars.

This is definitely not the DIY to do if you have to leave in ten minutes, but it sure is handy to give yourself a new and unique pair of shoes.  I can guarantee that no one else will have these shoes.  If you want to do the galaxy pattern, I would test on paper first.  It isn’t too difficult, but it certainly isn’t for beginners.   I always start with a base coat of light blue.  I follow over that with medium blue, then dark blue, then light purple, and then dark purple.  Choose one or two focal points where it will fade darker into black, with only faint amounts of black in that spot.  The white dots are your choice, but I think it really tops off the look.

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