If you're like me you have a pair of shoes lying around that you simply don't wear anymore. I've had such a pair lying around in the back of my closet for over a year now. Instead of throwing them out I decided to give them a new life. For the longest time I've wanted a pair of bright green shoes (to wear with jeans mostly). Here's how I created them.
1. An old pair of shoes
2. Acrylic paint
3. Textile paint medium (converts acrylics to fabric paint)
4. A rag
5. A paintbrush of some sort
Make sure your shoes are clean and free of greasy spots and dust. Mix your paint with the fabric paint medium as directed on the bottle. This gives the paint some give to avoid cracking.
Apply paint mixture one layer at a time. Make sure to let the paint dry between layers.
You can apply as many layers of paint to fit your fancy. I wasn't going for perfect paint coverage with my shoes. I think the "imperfect" paint job makes them more interesting. I also chose to embellish my shoes with buttons. If you choose to use embellishments make sure you place them on a part of the shoe that doesn't move or crease when you walk so they won't fall off.
A practical side note: I haven't worn these shoes in the rain or snow and would venture a guess that the paint probably won't hold up to the elements. Just keep this in mind when you wear your "new" shoes.