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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / a question about dyeing shoes - espadrille wedges on: June 21, 2006 07:05:11 PM
i bought a pair of white espadrille wedges for my graduation this year -- instead of having caps and gowns, my school requires guys to wear suits and girls to wear white dresses or pantsuits with white shoes. ridiculous, i know; commencement always looks like a massive group wedding. the shoes pretty much look like this:



anyway, now that graduation is over i don't really have a use for a pair of white shoes, and am trying to dye the white parts to a "natural" shade to match the rest of the shoe. i just... don't really know how, given the structure of the shoe and the different materials. i'm pretty sure the ankle tie and toe-cover thing are some kind of cotton canvas, and i think the wedge is wrapped with jute rope, but the woven back strap thing may be synthetic.

i know i can just remove the ankle tie to dye it. but i'm worried that because of the wedge structure, if i dye the actual shoes the usual way, i.e. by soaking them in the dye, moisture will get trapped inside the wedge part and they'll go all mildewy.

eek, sorry this post got so long. but how do you guys think i should go about this? could i get an even color by just "painting" dye onto the front part of the shoe, or is there some other way i can dye them without the threat of mildew or mold?
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