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Shoe Painting Tutorial by CosplayCousins Shoe Painting Tutorial by CosplayCousins
I had some progress pictures and decided to make a tutorial out of them. I hope this helps somebody out there. :D

-Tranquility
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ToshiNeku Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man, this is so helpful! i was wracking my brain, trying to figure out how i could make boot covers for my Keith (from Voltron: Legendary Defender) cosplay, but it'll be so much easier to paint the boots, themselves. that way, they'll look better, and i can wear them for daily use without feeling silly, hehe.
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DeadskullBroscircus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
I painted the bottom of my shoes, and they were slippery- for those of you with the same problems, They sell non-slip shoe pads at Walmart and stuff. They're like 2-3 dollars, so theres a cheep solution! ;3
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AceandJet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you this helped!!
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaahhh thank you so much for this! :meow:  Looks like there are a few places that sell Angelus in NYC.  (And I might be painting a rather expensive pair of shoes soon, so I appreciate knowing how to do it first and making sure I'm using the best product!)
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Amaraude Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Does the spray paint hold up on these shoes? Because I've spray painted wedges before (without the use of acetone), and the paint flaked off as the shoes bent in movement. 
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IvoryMarquessaTaylor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How well did the paint hold up on the shoes? Did it crack or chip anywhere? I'm looking at painting a pair of boots for my Mami Tomoe cosplay, but I'm not sure what method I should use to do it.
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VilKokeshiYin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
I was thinking of mixing acrylic paint with mid podge to paint a pair of flats. 
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DeadskullBroscircus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
i did that, It makes your shoes slippery. So if you do this, buy non-slip pads for the bottom of your shoes 
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WBaileyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg...I'm so glad I found this. I was planning on making Jack Walker's shoes ( from the 9th Pokemon movie) but was going to build them from a base shoe and craft foam.....which I'm sure would work just as well (found a tutorial on how to do so on youtube)....but this seems so much easier! 

Plus...finding the right kind of base shoe for the craft foam one has been like finding a needle in a haystack OTL. But just finding a shoe that matches like this isn't hard. I've seen several shoes that would work, but the colors were wrong (obviously). Never thought to just re-paint them. Thank you so much for this! 
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck with your project! <3
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AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish i found this tutorial before i painted my grell shoes, but alas now i can re do them. Do you think this would work for canvas shoes
? Or would you suggest some other paint??
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You could use this method for canvas shoes as well. Angelus leather paint is another option that works great on canvas.
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AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay cool, im not sure we have those products here in australia. But i shall looksie
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TheEdwardianGirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Great tutorial!
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Piuna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Oh my! honney you've helped me a lot. I was thinking about using spray paint for black shoes, but i wasn't sure. Now i've seen how your blue shoes turned out i'm going right to the paint store!
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! I've used spray paint before and it cracked so bad. There is a chance that this stuff can crack too though if the shoe bends a lot. Angelus leather paint is my new favorite paint for shoes but it's harder to find than the Design Master spray and it has to be brushed on. Good luck with your project! -Tranquility
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Maemoryan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Great tutorial! :D Did you put something on the paint to protect it?
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, but that's probably a good idea. I didn't have time to test clear coats.
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nyunyucosplay Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this floral spray method! It really works well. I'm surprised you were able to make darker shoes lighter! I wasn't able to, but I didn't try using a white base coat. And wow, it sticks to patent leather!? I haven't tried that yet, either. Thanks for the tutorial. :)
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! Since I've made this tutorial I've started using Angelus Leather paint and I really like it too.
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TMLiza Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial was really helpful. ^_^
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LilyBatCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for this tutorial! It's laid out great and clears up a lot on how to correctly color shoes for cosplay. I do have a question though. For the patent leather heels, I know it says clean, but does that include the nail polish remover step as well? Thanks so much.

Also! Is this on tumblr anywhere? I'd love to be able to reblog it from the correct source onto my cosplay/cosplay tutorials blog!
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PopRockCola Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you so much for this. I was this close to throwing down cash on red sneakers for a cosplay!
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! Hope it helps! <3
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hiiamlazy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Uhm, can we use any kind of paint? :3
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Trytoread Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Here is a nice tuto ! Thank you !
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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ajdv Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
nice job~~~~
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankies! <3
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zeros-nettop Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Would this work for your average pair of work boots? Like timberland boots or something similar?
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We've never tried, but it should work. :)
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videocool14 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! I'm trying to paint shoes and this really helps! Have you ever used Krylon spray paint before? Design Master doesn't have the colors I need and Krylon was right next to the Design Master at Jo-Anne's. It does say it can be sprayed on fabric on the back of the can. Do you think Krylon will work as well as Design Master?
Please reply as soon as possible! The con I'm wearing my shoes at is in 2 weeks >.<
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so sorry that we didn't respond sooner. It might work. Some people have had success with Krylon spray paint before, but we haven't ever tried it on shoes. I used normal spray paint on boots one time and it cracked really bad. If that happens, you just have to strip the paint off and repaint the shoes. I've had the best results with Angelus Leather paints and the Design Master floral spray paint. -Tranquility
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toetox3 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm worried about messing up a brand new pair of shoes. Will acrylic paint from the art store work on faux suede shoes?
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Probably, but fabric paint or leather paint would probably give you better results. Suede has a texture too so it might not look as good as a smooth painted surface.
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XxKayMaerinDevilxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Very good
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice very handy
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Vickinky Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can it work for long boots?
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faye-chawn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
does this also work on this kind of shoes?

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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes :D The Angelus leather paint seems to crack less than the Design Master spray on big areas.
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Andira-W-R Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
What Paint Would you Recommend for Canvas Shoes?
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I recommend Angelus Leather paints for all shoes, but canvas is a great material to paint on so a lot of paints would work. Normal fabric paint from the craft store would work just fine. Some people even use acrylics on canvas shoes, but I prefer fabric paint since it dries to be more flexible than acrylic paint. :D
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Andira-W-R Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Ok thank you, I'm on the look out for fabric paint now. :)
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello!

As part of Project Educate: Fan Art Week 2011, we had the honor to feature your work in Tutorial Features: Cosplay. Many thanks for sharing this with the Fan Art Community! :heart:
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, thank you so much! :D
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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BookFairyNyx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this also work with combat boots?
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CosplayCousins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It should!
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BookFairyNyx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! ^^ Thank you!
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zanruos Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
dose that aint work on all fabrics
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