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« on: February 13, 2006 08:37:55 PM »

Oh Wise Craftsters, I need your Help!
I've got a hole in my winter boots, and I desperately need a new pair! I can't afford a new pair, but I just remembered, I already have THESE boots:

which I never wear, because I think they're ugly! They are just waaaaayyy too shiny and plastic-y looking for my taste. But, they are in great condition, and very Practical Waterproof Boots, so I really need to find a way to make them wearable!
Any suggestions as to how I can make them less shiny??? According to the tag, they are leather (which really surprised me, because they do look and feel like some kind of plastic.) My first thought was to paint designs on them, but I need to do something that's waterproof, because they'll be tramping through the snow and slush. Ideally, I would love to just find some way to treat the exterior to give them a matte finish... or maybe sandpaper them? Spray paint them...would that work, would it wash off? Anyone have any ideas???
Any input or advice will be Greatly Appreciated, thank you!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006 09:07:56 PM »

Putting a matte shoe polish will do the trick. Don't sand paper them whatever you do. O_o It'll compromise the integrity of the boot.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2006 05:47:54 AM »

Duct tape comes in all sorts of pretty colors. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2006 11:12:11 AM »

Use their shinyness. Paint 'em with acrylics, and seal with a satin varnish.I'm seeing flames...Or a nice floral twining around the back. Or bunnies. or negative-tribal(white on black). You'll probably want to seal with two coats. Leather is really easy to paint on.

« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2006 11:25:44 AM »

Duct tape comes in all sorts of pretty colors. Grin

Funny you'd say that, I just duct taped one of my shoes. It looks awesome. I'd go with the duct tape.
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2006 12:39:55 PM »

An exboyfriend of mine had a raggedy pair of Docs...he found spray paint for shoes at a shoe repair place. He punked them out and went with a tourquoise and then decorated them with flames.

Or maybe you could decoupage them like those hot high heels and then lacquer them or something.
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2006 03:00:16 PM »

There is leather spray paint; I have found it in the automotive section, in the repair section....  Many colors and finishes!

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