How to Dye Shoes Two Colors

Supplies needed:


This tutorial will show how to dye shoes two colors.  A white dyeable fabric wedding shoe will be made over to match a dress.  The theme of the garment is ivory with black polka dots as the top and a black base.  The shoe will be dyed ivory and black and will be dressed with black Hot Fix Swarovski rhinestones.


Step 1 – Dye base ivory color and let dry completely overnight.  Using the wool dauber, apply the ivory dye in a consistent motion until the entire shoe is covered in dye.  Let the pair of shoes stand approximately 24 hours before applying the black dye.

Step 2 – Dye trim black.  Three main tools to use are  Q-tips, a small wool dauber and a small xPassion paint brush.  Holding the shoe upside down, first apply black dye with a small Q-tip.  The edge where color 1 and color 2 meet is the place to be most diligent.  Dye has a tendency to bleed so practice with a sample material to see how much and how far.  Use this information to determine how far from the edge your instrument should be.

Next, using the small wool dauber, apply a small amount of black to fill in the rest of the material to be dyed.  Take care to apply the dye minimally with the dauber to avoid over wetting the material.

Finally, let shoes dry for a few hours.  Overnight is best to ensure a completely dry shoe.

Step 3 – Apply Hot Fix Swarovski rhinestones.  Pre-heat rhinestone applicator.  Press applicator over the top of a rhinestone and wait until the glue melts.  Then place the rhinestone in the desired spot.  Remove applicator.  It is helpful to think through a rhinestone patter before applying the rhinestones to create a clean, consistent pattern.