DIY Graphic Shoes
If you like the idea of fancying up some drab footwear (plain flats, chunky heels or similar) then give this a go! Above are some example pics of other peoples work to provide a wee bit of inspiration ;)
First of all, get a hold of or pick out an old
unwanted comic book. Although, I don’t normally condone cutting up comic books, if it’s a duplicate or a cheapy, then have at it; cut out some scenes, panels and text to decorate your shoes. Hold the pieces of cut-out against your shoes to check that all the areas which need to be covered are able to be covered and you’ve got enough prepped.
To adhere the paper to the shoes, paint the shoe surface with PVA glue (water it down a touch if it’s thick) or alternatively use Mod Podge; once you’ve done this lay your paper onto the shoe and level it out so it’s smooth. I’d suggest doing a layer of scenery first, to function as a backdrop. Repeat this until the scenery covers the blank surface(s) and it may be best to leave the background/first layer to dry for a while before adding the next.
Once dried, take your shoes and add your panels, images of characters and/or text - arrange them as you like, then use your glue to paint underneath the item to stick it onto the backdrop area; repeat this with until you’ve added all the graphics. Coat the entire papered area with adhesive and once you’re done, leave this to dry.
Once the shoes have dried off, paint the paper-covered surface with clear acrylic varnish - this will set, hardening a little, thus protecting and hopefully weatherproofing the surface. Leave to dry again and then you have your personally decorated and unique shoes!