In recent years my twin sister has been indulging her once suppressed passion for boots. We have way too many, and that's coming from someone with her own collection of shoes piled up in the closet. She has boots in all kinds of colors, fabrics, styles…you get the idea. And yet when I looked at her array of boots I realized she still had too many sensible-colored boots. My creative beast stirred…
I mean look at how plain these look! It's begging for a color upgrade!
So I approached her with this idea to add a pop of color to her black boots. She jumped up and said, ” I want that metallic blue color you have!” This is why I love her. So here's how I accomplished this:
Stuff You Need:
A pair of boots with a heel that isn't covered in fabric (stacked heel or stiletto)
Artist's Tape (anything low-tack to keep from damaging the boots)
A bottle of acrylic paint (any color you like really, but if you can find that exact color in a spray can, I'd get the can for easier application)
A paintbrush (if you choose to hand paint like I did)
A can of glossy or satin finish acrylic sealer
Alcohol swabs for priming and clean-up
Paper towel (helps with masking)
Tear up small pieces of artist's tape and overlap them over the boot, making sure to mask off the heel. If you plan on spray painting, you can put a plastic bag over the whole boot except the heel, then tape it down.
Wipe down the heel with an alcohol pad. This is just to clean the surface before you start painting.
Not only does it look nice, but applying tape over the very bottom of the heel where the tread sits is practical. There's really no point in painting this part.
Start painting! This is the color I went with. I just squeezed it onto a notepad and went my brush a bit before application. You want to make sure you pick a color that is opaque, not transparent (or you'll be painting forever). This is where you can get creative. I went with a solid blue, but you can actually mix in glitter, add decals, or get some other colors and paint on patterns or textures.
Apply a few thin coats, leaving time for them to dry before adding the next one. What I then did after about 2 coats is slowly and evenly apply a thicker layer for the more solid appearance. I didn't want streaks, but you could easily accomplish this if you wanted the look…in multiple colors…whoa!
Ahem, tangent over…
Here's the opacity you should end up with:
This next part is tricky…
Spray painting would have made this part a bit easier, as you can probably achieve a good coating quickly enough that you can remove the tape while it's wet and get a clean line. This isn't so with hand painting. You will need to slowly and carefully remove the tape. You can put a straight edge against the heel as you remove the tape to minimize any peeling.
Even if you peel off a bit of paint, I've found a quick touch up with the brush blends right in, no muss no fuss. You may also face the issue of paint leaking underneath the tape. I certainly did. Which is where the alcohol pads come in. It will wipe right off if your boot's made of leather. If it's suede or some porous or soft fabric you will have to be more careful and delicate. A little warm soapy water will definitely help no matter the fabric.
I could have left the heel as is. But I wanted shine! So I decided to use an acrylic sealer with a gloss finish.
I masked the heel again once the paint was completely dried. Since it's a clear glaze, I just used paper towel to generally cover the boot.
Go to a ventilated area and spray lightly over the whole heel. If you get too heavy on the application, it'll drip.
See the difference?
The sealer is a lot easier to wipe off, especially with a wet paper towel used right away.
The finished result?
Yeah!! Worth the effort, for sure!
I hope this post inspired you. I had a lot of fun doing this, and it certainly won't be my last little project either, so stay tuned!