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Glittery Shoes

I turned a pair of white leather shoes into a glittery green pair. I didn't originally plan on the glitter, but then there were a series of mishaps . . .


These are the original shoes from American Duchess.

These "Astorias" were designed to mimic the styles of the Titanic era. The first batch had a problem at the factory and did not meet American Duchess' high standards, but Lauren kindly sent me a pair of the "seconds" when I explained I needed them for an event and was going to dye them to cover up any flaws in the leather. (The prime quality batch will ship in May).


My original plan was to paint the shoes green, then paint peacock feathers on them to match the color scheme of my 1912 dress. I bought green, blue and mustard paint from Dharma Trading Co.

I cleaned the shoes with Angelus Leather Preparer (made from acetone and other things) to strip off the factory polish. Then I painted the shoes with Angelus Leather Paint.

I must have not done a good enough job stripping the shoes, because when my paint dried the color was rather streaky, even after several coats.


I tried to strip off the green paint on one of the pairs using more Leather Preparer, but it didn't come off evenly.

I decided to repaint the shoes green, then distract from the streaks with a bit of sparkle.

One part very fine glitter + 2 parts Mod Podge:


During the process the Mod Podge is white but will dry clear. I used 2 coats of the glue/glitter mixture because I already had a green base coat, but if your glitter and shoes are completely different colors you will need more coats. (Allow about 30 minutes in between each coat).

I used the Martha Stewart glitter from Michael's in "peridot," which is a mix of green and gold extra-fine glitter. (This has smaller particles than the usual craft glitter, since I wanted sparkle but not too much bling).


Afterwards I put another coat of just Mod Podge (without glitter) to seal everything in.

The finished product:

I don't think glitter was invented until the 1930s, so these shoes are definitely not historically accurate, but they don't look so blotchy anymore.

(I apologize for the photo quality. These pictures were taken with my phone because I lent out my camera).

I think they look a little like leprechaun shoes, but will match my 1912 dress!




( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
they're beautiful!
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I now have a slight craving for giving some of my ballet flats the glitter treatment.
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Amazing shoes! And I love that shade of green paired with blue in the dress ♥
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Martha!

I love blue and green together! I'm working on a head accessory later this week to match.
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Now, I'm afraid to dye my shoes. Good job at shoe recovery!
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I think if you really, really rub at the shoes with the leather preparer you may be fine. I noticed some of my paint seemed to soak in better on certain parts. I did not do a good job of evenly stripping the shoe.

Lauren posted a tutorial on her blog and her shoes turned out just fine.

Thanks Kim!
Apr. 24th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Hmmm... Or maybe you could also make an opposite Dorothy costume. Dorothy had red sparkly shoes and a blue and white gingham dress. You would have green sparkly shoes and an orange and black gingham dress and black blouse with orange rickrack. Gunther could be a flying orange monkey with a green vest. Well, if it was for Halloween.
Apr. 24th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Gunther is obsessed with monkeys. He could probably convinced to wear any monkey-related costume.
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Haha! I can't wait to see Gunther in a monkey costume.
Apr. 24th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
Wow that's cool! Did you make the dress? I do miss dressing up. U_U
Apr. 24th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I made the dress.

Aw, I know you have been super busy lately, but you will have time to dress up again soon. =)
Jul. 28th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, these are beautiful!!!

I'm a woman with HUGE feet (size 13 in men's) and I really wanted some green glittery shoes, but it's damn impossible in my size. I was googling desperately and poking around drag queen sites, and found this post while googling. Thank goodness!

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions - I can't wait to buy some shoes and paint them! :D
Aug. 2nd, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad this tutorial helped you out! I haven't used LJ in years so it's nice to see this journal is still helpful. =)
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