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Saving the shoes

My daughter loves her shoes and HATES sneakers.  We try and try to get her to enjoy sneakers but other than gym day at school – she is not at all interested in wearing them.  Out of five kids, two of them have always wanted to wear two different shoes at the same time – and their ages are so far apart that my daughter wasn’t even born when Bob went through that phase.  Seph isn’t passing through though – she has always been that way.  Plus she loves boots – cowboy boots, UGG style knockoffs etc… You name it she loves them.  See a previous glamorized boots post HERE.

The problem however is that she abuses her footwear big time.  She rides her bike and uses shoes as brakes; skateboards, rollerblades, uses her scooter, climbs trees etc…  So shoes either don’t last long or I need to constantly think of ways to revive them. 

This was a pair of very well worn, beat up Mary Jane style shoes.  I was just about to put them in the trash but figured I would make one last ditch effort to revive them. 

To begin with I put paper towels inside the shoes since I don’t need to do anything on the inside.
Then I primed the shoes with Valspar primer (no photo for that).  Then Seph chose lime green and ocean breeze blue for her shoes.  Not to be used together – one shoe lime green and one shoe ocean breeze blue.

Once the primer and paint dried to the touch I sealed them with triple coat glaze.  The glaze not only protects the paint but protects the shoes from her lifestyle! 

The structure of the shoes hasn’t changed so they are still well worn.  But they are much more presentable.  And since she will grow out of them within the next two months – they should last at least that long!

Check out the boots I glamorized HERE.  It was an entirely different process but just to give you an idea – you can do whatever you feel like.  If they are ready for the trash already it is hard to go wrong.  These boots are still holding up very well five months later!

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