Saturday Night Shoe DIY: Custom Slip-ons!

Okay, this was the first time I hacked a shoe (wrapped half the shoe in corduroy and spray painted a motif on it)

Loads of mistakes were made but the end result was raw and gritty the way I like it (pic above)

Just to share my fun, here’s how you can screw up a pair of shoes, too.

You will need…

  • Plain canvas slip-on. Preferably your own. I used a faded-green Everlast pair, RM39 from Sg.Wang.
  • Fabric glue
  • Sharp scissors
  • Spray can (the color I chose… dove grey)
  • Miscellaneous fabric (I keep a lot of junk fabric, leftover from the end of my pants etc)
  • A crafty, careful partner (I used Swen. She once made an Optimus Prime outfit for me and that rocked, so here she is again ;P)


Choose a pattern you like, and cut out a stencil thing.

This pattern was inspired by a poster I once designed for a band in Newcastle, Sydney.

Transferred to paper by the very crafty Swen (thanks hun!)


Prepare cloth cut-outs.

I initially glued them to the shoe before spraying the print on. But in hindsight I should have sprayed the print on the cloth before pasting the cloth on the shoe.


Spray very slightly!

Spray paint seeps into cloth, bleeds n blurs out (we learnt the hard way).

Depending on how prominent you want the motif to be, I guess you can apply layer by layer, waiting for paint to dry in between. I settled for a very subtle impression.


Blog about it and share your experience with others!


Overall it took only about an hour and it was loads of fun… and I’ll be wearing my crazy invention tomorrow 😉

I might do this again another week.

Any ideas, experiences, comments related to canvas shoe hacking? Let me know.

4 comments on “Saturday Night Shoe DIY: Custom Slip-ons!

  1. melissa September 27, 2007 12:25 pm

    heyy . i know you !. 😀 haha . hotornot . and random phonecalls you’ve made to pass on invites to gigs i’ve never showed up at .

    hello !. =D

  2. alanbernard October 7, 2007 3:11 am

    Welcome to the crazy world of shoe hacks! haha… I’ve done two so far. It’s bloody fun, ain’t it?

  3. Portuguese embroidery April 3, 2009 12:14 am

    Wonderful pictures…Its really crazy…Your thoughts were entirely different… I like it..

  4. puma August 19, 2009 8:44 am

    wow it is fantastic tips thanks man for sharing

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