Hey Everyone! So I’ve noticed Keds and Vans seem to be pretty in style at the moment, especially in various fun and vibrant colors for summer. I’ve been wanting a pair in every color imaginable but a pair of either of these brands of shoes is about $40, unless you’re lucky enough to find them on sale.
I found that Walmart sells a shoe that resembles a plain white pair of Keds. But who wants to wear boring white shoes (besides the fact that they make you look really tan!)? So i decided to pick up a couple pairs of these Walmart shoes and dye them various colors. I figured yellow and blue would be bright enought to make a statement! The shoes only cost $5 a pair, which was AWESOME (they come in whole sizes only). You can use basically any fabric dye. I think RIT is popular and is around $3, but there are other brands too. You can pick fromalmost any color you could think of!
The actual dying of the shoe isn’t that difficult.You just mix the dye power with the amount of water specified in the instructions and a stainless steel sink or old bucket. You will also need a small amount of salt, because I think this helps the dye take to the fabric. Anyways, take out the laces (if you want to keep them white) and stick the shoes in! You need to stir the dye mixture occasionally and make sure to dunk the shoes every now and then since the tend to float. Rubber gloves are recommended unless you blue/yellow hands! The time you keep the shoes in the dye while affect how light or dark your color is.
I would like to note that you wash the shoes in the washing machine after dying them, and they do get a little lighter in the wash or after multiple washes, so you might want to dye them a shade darker than prefered. You could also probably paint designs on these shoes after you dye them or draw designs on with fabric paint pens!
Have fun and get creative!