Capped Toe Shoe Refashion (Tutorial)

As you guys have probably figured out by now, I’m all about making my wardrobe the most it can be. If there is a piece that doesn’t get as much use as I want, I fix it until I love it and will wear it regularly. 
These shoes are a good example. They’re super cute and fun, but I found them hard to style. They’re just a little too fancy to wear casually, and I typically wear heels if I’m dressing up. So in order to get the most use out of them, I did a little refashion. 
One of the biggest issues I had was that they were a little bit wide, and gaped on the sides. I threw on some tight rubber bands for a few days and that pulled the sides right in. I might have to do it again every few weeks as I wear them, but that’s no big deal. 

Once the wideness issue was taken care of, I pulled all of the embellishments off with a seam ripper.

After the embellishments were off, I taped off the toe with painters tape, pressing it down hard to avoid gaps. 
The shoes have a velvet texture, which I knew wouldn’t take the paint very well, plus there were some little holes from the embellishments, so I used hot glue and covered the entire toe. Once the toe was covered, I went back over with the side of the glue gun’s metal tip (which was very hot) and smoothed out all the glue. 
*If your shoes don’t have an absorbant fabric, you can skip this step and just go straight to painting.

Once the entire toe was glued, I double and triple taped the toe and around the edge of the sole, and then covered the rest of the shoe in plastic wrap.

Then I spray painted the shoe with indoor/outdoor all-material spray paint. After three coats of paint (letting it dry in between each coat), the toe was sufficiently covered. I let it dry completely, and then removed the tape and plastic wrap.

Finally, I used a bit of black and white acrylic paint to touch up some of the little mistakes and let it dry again.

And that’s it! Fun cap-toed shoes that I’ll be wearing constantly! 
tee: old navy (shop) // jeans: american eagle (shop) // shoes: refashioned by me // glasses: firmoo (similar) // 
rug: rugsusa (shop)
As always, comment or email me with any questions! Happy projecting!

30 Comments

  1. jessiekays says:

    Great re-fashion they look really good!

  2. Landen says:

    Those are awesome! Way to go!

  3. Ash says:

    These look great! I'm tempted to try on some plain flats. Thanks for the instructions. πŸ™‚

  4. I think i might try this with some of my old shoes too!!
    Super cute!!

  5. Cute. Would not have thought of doing white on black, but I like it.

  6. I love how these turned out! And you look adorbs wearing them. πŸ™‚

  7. Brittany M. says:

    haha I just did this last week {here} and I have literally worn them every day except for sunday, when I wore a pair of patent leather stilettos which now have a gold cap toe. LOVE IT! Great minds think alike? haha

  8. Sarah S. says:

    Cute! Im working on a shoe refashion also. I thought about paint but painting my shoes scares me a little, even though it always turns out cute when other people do it.

  9. Love it!!!! Thanks for the idea. I have some plain ones I think I want to refurbish to look like these the way they were originally…but now I dunno! Lol

  10. Super cute! Hmmm I need to look at my shoes…

  11. newpetite says:

    That looks so good!

  12. what a great idea! I need to revamp some items in my wardrobe and this really has inspired me. Also I love your glasses in the last pictures πŸ™‚

  13. Kim says:

    Cute! I definitely have some shoes that could use a little revamping. On an unrelated note you are adorable and look AH-MAZ-ING after having two babies! I would surely love to read a post centered around your health habits. Great tutorial!

  14. cleartheway says:

    Very cool! I've prepped a similar DIY with a metallic take for my blog, but I really LOVE this white. SO cool.

    Kate from Clear the Way

  15. Lindsay says:

    Those are so cute! I love the capped toe trend, but I'm too cheap to buy new shoes right now. Great idea for using what you have!

  16. Jillian says:

    Your projects always impress me!

  17. Love how your flats turned out! Very channel-ish πŸ˜‰
    XO
    http://www.preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

  18. Brittany M. says:

    …aaaaaand I'm back. I just popped over randomly and got super distracted by your awesome french door treatments! LOVE the pooling curtains and the sheers behind them! Are there two of each (sheer and panel), so you can use the door? Where'd you find them? I've been looking for inspiration like this for our living room and of course you were the one to bring it to me πŸ˜‰

  19. monicaswift says:

    What a great re-fashion. I love how they came out, and especially how they look on. They add a nice pop! I love your projects like this, they strike right to my thrifty heart.

  20. love love LOVE this outfit. where did you get your jeans??

  21. Sandy says:

    Hi, I'm thinking I want to do this, how are yours holding up?

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