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DIY: 3 Easy Ways to Re-Invent Your Shoes

We know that being stuck inside due to COVID-19 has been a damper on everyone’s spring and summer plans. However, we also know that this may be a time where some people’s creativity comes out. It is in this spirit that we want to talk about three DIY projects that you can do with your AIDA shoes! 

Dyeing Shoes

Dyeing shoes is a fun way to change things up! However, it also seems like a difficult task. I am here to tell you that dyeing your shoes is easier than it seems and even could in under 5 minutes if you take the necessary precautions. 

Things you will need:

  • White Satin Aida Dance Shoes
  • Paint sponge
  • Fabric dye
  • Plain paper 
  • Tape
  • A cup
  • Warm water

Step One: Cover the parts of the shoe that you would like to avoid coloring. Put paper and tape around the edges smoothly and make sure they are completely covered!

Step Two: Pour your choice of color dye and warm water into a cup in equal parts. Stir with sponge brush

Step Three: Use the paint sponge to color your shoe. You can do as many coats, so apply even amounts everywhere!

Step Four: Let them dry!!! It should take at least an hour to dry, so don't rush to put them on.

Step Five: repeat step 3 and 4 if necessary.

Here is a video showing you how to do it!

Replacing Your Heel Tips

We all know that it is always good to save some money, especially now. An easy way to save money? Replace your heel tips, if they’re the only thing wrong with your shoes. Taking off and putting on a new pair of heel tips can be done in less than 30 seconds and costs only $5! 

Things you will need:

  • Your shoes that have worn out heel tips
  • New heel tips
  • A pair of pliers
  • A hard surface

Step One: Take off the old heel tip by pulling on it with a set of tongs. Chances are you will take off the heel tip without the metal support. Simply use the tongs to take the metal nail support off as well.

Step Two: Once the heel is completely clear, align the new heel tip on actual heel and using a hard surface nail it in. This should be done with 2-3 hard hits. Make sure it is done perpendicularly to the surface, otherwise you run the risk of breaking the actual heel!

Step Three: Put on a pair of heel protectors!

To see this done in action, watch the video below!

Blinging Your Shoes Out

 To be able to glue the stones to the shoe, the wax on the candle or the wax tipped pen must be warm. Picking up each stone and placing it on the small drop of glue that is on the shoe takes precision and practice. After repeating this many times for many hours, the shoes must sit and dry for at least twenty-four hours to ensure that all the stones stay in place and do not fall off.

Things you will need:

  • A pair of your favorite AIDA shoes
  • Rhinestones in any of your choice of colors (Crystal AB, Crystal, or Gold are always good ‘neutral’ options)
  • A small, shallow bowl
  • A wax tipped pen (A birthday candle also works)
  • Wax paper
  • Rhinestone glue
  • Patience and time (maybe some netflix and wine too)

Step One: Decide where you want your stones to go. Some popular choices include the heel as well as the straps if you are a beginner. You can also do the cup of the heel, and the underside of the shoe and heel for a more unexpected effect. Men: We didn’t forget you either! You can also stone the heels of your shoes to make sure that you and your partner both stand out on the floor.

Step Two: Draw your intended design on your wax paper. This way you have a pattern to follow and have an idea of your final design! 

Step Three: Begin by placing a few small glue dots on your shoes, once they are safely on a piece of wax paper. Dip your wax tipped pen or birthday candle into the small, shallow bowl where the rhinestones are and place them on your shoe. 

Step Four: Repeat step three until desired effect.

Step Five: Allow shoes to dry up to 24 hours before moving or wearing. If you move or wear them before this mark, you run the risk of losing stones

Watch this video below to get some ideas on what you may want your shoes to look like!

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