I'm not usually on for trying to dress 'on trend', but one of the trends for this summer I actually really like and I want to embrace is colour blocking. Problem is, my wardrobe revolves around the colour black, and I don't really own any bright clothing!
The only way around this I can think of of adding some colour to my wardrobe without spending any money at the moment is through DIY.
I decided to revamp an old pair of wedges (something else which is bang on trend at the moment!) by giving them a really bright block colour heel.
I was wearing these shoes when I went to see The Pretty Reckless last year and I must have caught them on something as some of the heel material had lifted off. I had only worn these shoes a few times, but I could not work out how to repair them so I had not thrown them away. I'm using an old pair of shoes, but you can follow the tutorial with a cheap pair of new shoes if you don't have anything suitable that has been kicked to the back of your wardrobe.
First you need to protect the material around where you will be painting from any stray paint. Making a line with the edges of pieces of tape will also help you achieve a cleaner line. Try and use either masking tape or the least sticky tape as possible so you won't damage or pull the material the upper of your shoe is made of when it is time to pull the tape off later.
Depending on the pigment of the acrylic and what colour you are using you'll need anything between 3-6 layers of paint, waiting for the paint to dry between coats. I used 5 coats.
Carefully remove the tape. If you've gone over the edge somewhere, or you lines need a bit of tidying up, and you're using a pair of suede shoes, mistakes can easily be corrected with a sharp craft knife and a lot of patience by scraping gently and running the blade along the join between wedge and material upper.
And voila! What do you think? I'm hoping they will feature in an outfit post very soon!