Sometimes, I do crazy things, like dye my suede shoes.
I bought these heels a few years ago, and loved the idea of pink suede shoes. Unfortunately what i didn’t realise at the time, was how close to my skin colour they were! Almost every time i wore them to work someone would say “oh you are wearing shoes! hahaha i thought you were barefoot”. But i couldn’t bear to part with them so i packed them away for a later day.
Recently my friends at RIT dye sent me a huge box of all their different dyes to try out – it’s been so fun playing with them, and experimenting with colours I wouldn’t normally think to use.
Thats when i got inspired to fix these shoes. Since I’ve never dyed suede before, I knew I was taking a huge risk and I wasn’t sure whether it would work, I reconciled myself to the fact that i may ruin the shoes or that the colour may turn out wildly differently than i expected.
I started with Scarlet dye, and made a similar mix with water to what i would if dying clothing.
I stuffed the shoes with paper towels to make sure the dye didn’t run into the shoes
Then I carefully sponged the dyed onto them, trying to make it as even as possible.
After I was done, I used a lot of wet (and some dry) paper towels to try and “rinse” the shoes as best i could, without actually running them under the tap.
Then i left them to dry.
After they dried I covered them with a coat of Scotchguard.
They quite obviously, did not turn out Scarlet red, but I am never the less really thrilled with the pinky colour! I feel like they are so much more wearable now that they are no longer skin coloured! If i did this again, i think i wouldn’t water down the dye quite so much – so that i would get a darker colour!