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26 Best Old Shoe to New Shoe Re-do Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

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Imagine this: we have this comfortable pair of old shoes and we want to transform them into a pair of new shoes. We spend hours finding a pair of shoes that is just the right color, style and texture for a particular outfit. And when we find that perfect pair of shoes we rue the day when this most stylish pair of shoes, that feel great on the feet, show wear. What to do?

In this article I'm going to share with you ways that you can re-do or re-style a favorite pair of heels, clogs, slippers or sneakers to a pair of gorgeous shoes that you'll be proud to wear. Ways to change the color of shoes that doesn't suit you or your wardrobe.You'll be happy to know that you can re-do those old shoes and in the process gain a new pair of shoes by using fabric, paint, glitter, rhinestones, lace or even book pages.

I've done a thorough search on Google looking for shoe re-dos that not only show a nice picture of the shoes, but also gives instructions on how to do the refashion. In this article, Ill share with you the best shoe redo projects that I found in my search.

To see how to do the shoe refashion shown above, go to A Beautiful Mess for great pictured instructions.

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1. Ribbon Braided Flip Flops

Don't let the looks of the braided ribbon scare you out of trying to make these flip flops because when you go to, Andrea’s Bow Cottage for the instructions, you'll also find that she has short videos with terrific how to's.

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2. Lace Tennies

You can use a variety of lace widths and patterns to do your tennie refashion. The super easy instructions to make lace tennies is found at THINK CRAFTS!

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3. Houndstooth Shoes

You'll make a real fashion statement when you wear your houndstooth print shoes. Find out how to make beautiful shoes like these by finding the directions on the Practically Functional site.

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4. Diamond Sneakers

You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to copy this look by following the instructions given at Conill Panxut.

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5. Floral Sneakers

The floral designs are colored in using Tulip fabric markers in this tutorial by I LOVE TO CREATE.COM. If you need ideas for floral designs, just Google "floral designs" and hit images.

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6. Spray Paint Your Shoes

You can see what a great difference it makes when you spray paint shoes. CHRISTINA’S adventures shows us how to go about spray painting a paint of shoes.


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7. Shabby Chic Shoelaces

Change the looks of tired sneakers by adding shabby chic shoelaces that you have made yourself.

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8. Retro Shoe Re-do

To design and paint your own shoes, go to saved by LOVE CREATIONS for a tutorial that will help you make your custom style shoes. Very nice instructions.


9. Bejewel Your Shoes

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10. Rhinestone Bridal Shoes

I love the looks of these rhinestone encrusted shoes that are so appropriate for a beautiful bride. You'll find the the instructions to make gorgeous, rhinestone shoes at Honestly WTF.

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11. Pretty Shoe Clips

Learn how to make two different styled shoe clips by visiting the GREEN WEDDING SHOES site. Very informative tutorial with nice pictures to make this an easy project.

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12. Glitter Wedges

A great way to change the looks of an outdated pair of shoes. You'll find all the information needed to do this project by going to the can can dancer site.


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13. Elastic Sneakers

When you choose a colorful or printed elastic you'll have elastic sneakers that you'll be proud to wear.

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14. Studded Kitten Heels

Although this is a foreign language site, you'll be able to make these cute heels by going to Fashiion Carpet, which has a great pictured tutorial.

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15. Ombre Watercolor Shoes

See how easily you can change your plain white canvas shoes into really attractive ombre colored shoes by going to the instructions at Lovely Indeed.

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16. Crocheted Slipper from Flip-Flops

Make these beautiful crocheted shoes by following the tutorial found at Make and Do Crew. Scroll down on the page to get to the instructions.

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17. Miu Miu Sneakers

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a beautiful pair of sneakers to wear by the wedding afternoon when your feet are starting to hurt? You'll find the tutorial for making these cute sneakers on the HONESTLY WTF site.


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18. Platform Sneakers

You'll want to make a pair of Prada inspired platform sneakers to add to your shoe wardrobe.

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19. Disco Pom Pom Shoes

What young lady wouldn't be wild for these disco pom pom shoes. Find the tutorial at Honestly WTF.


20. How to Make Galaxy Shoes

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21. Toms to Sandals

When you can't throw away your old Toms, change the style to sandals by following the tutorial at Midwestern Thread.

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22. Zentangle Shoes

If you're the type person who loves to doodle, then I'm sure this will be an interesting project for you. Find the instructions to make zentangle shoes at Craftster. You'll never want to get rid of these.

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23. Color Blocked Heels

I probably wouldn't wear these heels, but I would admire them on someone else. If this is your style, go to BRIT + CO. for the instructions. Bright and beautiful!

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24. Glitter Heels

So you know you won't wear glitter heels very often, but a pair would really dress up your Christmas outfit. You don't want to spend a lot of money on shoes you'll wear only a few times. Here is the solution, glitter an old pair of shoes. You'll find a really great tutorial at Make life LOVELY.

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25. Tuxedo Clip

You'll find a great tutorial on how to make this tuxedo bow shoe clip at the RIBBON RETREAT.


26. Changing the Nike Swoosh

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Which shoe re-do would you consider?- or leave a comment.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on March 12, 2020:

Love your shoe remake ideas. Teaching people to recycle, instead of throwing away., is priceless

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on December 04, 2016:

I love this hub! So many ideas for old shoes. Usually, I wear a pair of shoes to death, but sometimes there are scratches and scrapes that just can't be fixed- there are so many fun ways to cover them up and end up with a whole new pair! Thank you!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 23, 2015:

HI Lorraine. I so agree, especially in the right size. Me too. You can save a whole lot of money that way too.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 23, 2015:

Hi, Kristen! I think it's so hard to find really comfortable shoes and I'm glad there are ways to update them.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 22, 2015:

Lorraine, I love all of these crafty ideas to dress up your shoes. Voted up for awesome!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 22, 2015:

Thanks, Chin chin, for your comment. I hope you find a shoe re-do that will work for you. It's really difficult getting rid of comfortable shoes, so ideas to give them a new look are always welcome.

Chin chin from Philippines on July 22, 2015:

I was just thinking the other day how I could upcycle our old shoes. I'm not very crafty, but I sure like having new ideas like the ones presented in this hub. Thanks.