This is one of my favorite DIY secrets.
When I have a pair of shoes that I absolutely love, I usually regret not buying them in multiple colors. However, sometimes they don't sell them in the color I want, so I have to do a little creative work. I actually did this project back in 2007 here, and I saved everything so I could use the supplies again. This is the pair of Old Navy sandals that I used. I love the white ones I have, so I wanted a black pair too. When I found out they didn't sell them in black, I decided to paint them myself.
To find out how to do this correctly, I went to a local shoe repair store and the owner explained the best way to do it and gave me the supplies to use. If you'd like to try this, I'd suggest buying similar supplies made for shoes so that you know the product will work well. First, I started with the color preparer and some rubber gloves. I poured a little on an old rag and wiped down the sandals straps. This is used to strip down any dirt, grease, or finish from the straps.
I found a roll of painter's tape that I used to cover up all the areas that I didn't want painted. This takes a little time, but it's worth it to get the paint where you want it.
I stuffed newspaper inside the sandals just as an extra precaution to make sure no paint got on the inside of the straps.
I used Meltonian color spray from the shoe repair shop to spray the shoes. It took about 3 coats to make sure I got all the little crevices and straps completely covered.
When I ripped off all the painter's tape, I had my perfect pair of black sandals!
I love them and they came out perfectly! If you're concerned about the color staying, I'll vouch for the shoe spray I used because the ones I did back in 2007 still look perfect like they did when I first painted them.