Rocking Shoes!

Men's shoes are boring as, here's how I pimped a pair of my fiancee's shoes to give them a rocking new look fit for the stage. 

 For the Guitar Shoes you will need:

  • 1 Pair of Men's Leather Shoes (Get yourself a cheap enough pair you can afford to replace in case it doesn't quite work!)
  • Paper or calico fabric
  • Temporary glue
  • 25cm strip of upholstery fabric (macro suede is great for this)
  • Multi-purpose spray glue or fabric glue
  • Dry rub-on temporary tattoos
  • Scotch guard fabric waterproofing spray
  • Pegs
  • Sandpaper (I used 3M paint stripper paper)
Remove the laces and tags from the shoes and cover the area of the shoe you wish to cover with temporary glue and stick over a piece of calico or paper
Cut the calico/paper to shape with a craft knife so it exactly fits the area you need then carefully remove the template from the shoe

Wipe the shoes clean with a damp cloth and sand the area you wish to cover

Trace your template onto the fabric and cut it out. Remember you need to make a template for each shoe because the shapes will be slightly different. 

Mask the areas of the shoe you don't want to glue with tape and peg back the flaps where the laces thread through
Spray with glue and quickly stick on the fabric. Tuck into the seams of the shoe with a craft knife and make any last minute adjustments by trimming with the knife. Be careful not to get any glue on the front of the fabric because it's a sod to remove, actually the whole process is very fiddly. 

Remove the tape and clean away any excess glue. Leave the shoes to dry for a couple hours.

To apply the temporary tattoo follow the instructions on the packet. I used a dry rub temporary tattoo which did not need to be dampened to apply; this is ideal because it saves you getting the fabric on the shoes wet and damaging the glue job
Finish the shoes with an optional coat of scotch guard fabric spray to waterproof them, check the fabric you have used is compatible with the spray before use or test on a scrap of fabric before you apply it to the shoes. 
 Leave to dry then re-lace the shoes and hit the road running!

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