Do you have an old pair of shoes that need a new look, or you simply need them to match your cosplay? Here's a quick way to revamp them to fit your needs using paint, glue and a little decoration.
I needed a pair of shoes to match my cotton candy themed chesire cat cosplay. Shown above are a pair of plain woven platform shoes that I bought at a second-hand store for about $7. I hadn't worn them for at least five years, so they were perfect for this project.
The strips of purple flower decor were something that I found, just yesterday, in the craft aisle at Walmart. They're basically polyester flowers, tulle and beads stitched onto strips of felt.
I used Tulip fabric paint in the color Petal Pink to paint the woven fabric. Since cotton quickly absorbs paint, you can mix the paint with a couple drops of water to get it to spread easier. This allows you to use less paint while letting the color evenly distribute itself into the little nooks and crannies of the fabric. If you accidentally drip any paint onto other parts of the shoe, you can use an alcohol-based cleaner, such as nail polish remover on a cotton ball, to quickly dab it off.
To affix the decorative strips, I could've sewed them to the shoe tops or glued them using fabric glue. But I decided to do it the express way and hot glued them on. Just be sure you have them placed exactly where you want them if using the hot glue method, though. Once the glue dries, it will be hard to reposition them without tearing the underlying fabric.