(Closed) Anyone dye shoes before?

posted 10 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m not sure how well it would work – although I guess you’re not out a lot of money if it doesn’t.  If you were going to dye, I would think you might have better luck with the off-white than the red.  That way the black dye doesn’t have to cover the color. 

Anyway – I did find a couple of websites that provide some instructions, although they indicate you need a special dye, and your results depend on whether your satin is polyester based or not.  The second suggests hand-painting as an alternative.  Good luck!



Post # 4
72 posts
Worker bee

I recently attempted to dye ivory silk shoes black with Rit dye.  I felt lucky that the really nice lady at the shoe repair place didn’t blink an eye, nor did she charge extra, to recover the disaster.  She had to bleach off the purply-taupe Rit residue that rubbed off in your hands before properly dying them black.  They now look great.

I have since discovered that Coloriffics does sell back shoe dye for fabric shoes on their web site. (Also several shades of ivory.)  Hmm…$27 for the red shoes, plus $7.50 for the shoe dye – you wouldn’t be out much if it didn’t work.  Plus, I know a good shoe therapist if you need one…

Your best bet is probably to call a shoe dye place before buying to see if they could do it. 


Post # 5
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I had shoes dyed and then when I wore the day of my friends wedding when it rained the water droplets left lighter spots.  Looked awful.  Dont do it!

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If you read the shoe dye disclaimer, they do tell you that dyed satin shoes (even professionally dyed) will water spot.  I have never had a pair of dyed satin shoes that was wearable a second time – if its not rain, its wet grass, or just spilled punch.  So its good that they are mostly inexpensive!  Give me good leather any day.

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

DON’T BUY DYED SHOES!!! I bought a pair of heels on http://www.glassslipper.com and had them dyed teal (my something blue). They turned out beautifully but when I tried them on at my dress fitting they STAINED my feet and fingers immediately. I had to quickly take them off so they wouldn’t stain my white dress too. I contacted glassslipper.com and they told me to scotch gard them, which didn’t help either. I even took them in to a shoe repair store and they said there was nothing they could do. When I contacted Glass Slipper again their response was “I am sorry but any dyed shoe can have this potential as is listed in our shoe dyeing tips link which is on every shoe dye page available for the customer to read: http://www.myglassslipper.com/blog/index.php/shoe-dye-tips/ This will be the same with any company you have dye your shoes.” So pretty much I am stuck with a beautiful pair of $80 shoes that I will never be able to wear. Plus, now I am about a month away from my wedding and have to start the shoe hunt all over again. My advice, DON’T BUY DYED SHOES. They look gorgeous, but if they might stain you or your dress they are so not worth the risk.

Post # 8
46383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beck1477: Mighty I suggest you start a new post when you have something to say rather than dredge up old posts? People are more likely to read a new post that open a post that is dated from 3 yrs ago.


Post # 9
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had my white shoes (for my wedding) dyed yellow by a shoe repair man.  He had LOTS of samples of the colors for me to choose from.  I think I only paid $12.00, and it was done the next day.  He did a great job! 


Post # 10
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Anyone in Southern California know of a reputable place to take my satin shoes to get dyed?!?! I’d even be willing to ship them if someone has a great recommendation! THANKS! 

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