I am a shoe
fanatic. Every time I go to my local thrift store, I always manage to come home with one or ten pairs of shoes. I stopped counting the pairs of shoes that have somehow managed to migrate to the back of my closet
I was just not sure what to do with all my shoes, especially the ones that I no longer want to wear because they are scuffed, or are no longer in style, so I was really thrilled when M.E. Williams pointed me to a post written by lindsycarranza over on Craftster. Lindsycarranza had received a free bag of shoes from Craig's List. The shoes weren't in great condition, so she decided to paint them
To prevent the shoes from cracking, she says to apply fabric glue first. Then paint the shoes with a mix of acrylic paint and textile medium. Finally, to get a high gloss, use an acrylic varnish to seal the shoes.
Her shoes are awesome, and I must admit I am kicking myself because I never thought to paint high heel shoes, mostly because of the way the tops of the shoes can crack. If the shoes do happen to crack though, that is just incentive to paint them again.
If you are after a way to paint shoes other than high heels, check out this post on how to paint a mural on your boring shoes