(Closed) Can I paint the cork on wedge sandals?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I painted the surface of a cork bulletin board once. It’s not easy to paint cork because it soaks up the paint. If you try to do it, you’ll need to use a primer coat first. You could ask for help at your local hardware store.

A safer idea would be to take them to a cobbler/shoe repair shop and ask them for suggestions.

Post # 4
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

I think you can paint almost anything,but I guess the success of it would depend on how well they’ll look after a few hours. Long or short dresses? Outside or inside ceremony or reception? My fear would be the paint coming off if you walk in wet grass,or it rubbing off on the inside of the dresses if they are long,or worse yet……them crossing their feet amd the paint coming off on their skin.

I’d experiment with a pair first and let them dry really well for several days. It will also probably take several lighter coats to cover,rather than one thick one. Do a search for what kind of paint to use over cork before buying anything.


Here’s a link to several styles that you may find something that would work.

Post # 5
372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d echo “can’t wait”‘s comment and suggest bringing them to a cobbler.  They may even be able to glue on a thin piece of leather covering which might look nicer than paint on cork.   Good luck! 

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know what kind of style / look of shoe you are envisioning, but there are a ton of black wedges on Zappos.com the don’t have a cork wedge!  I’m sure some of those would be along the line of what you’re hoping for and then you don’t even have to mess with trying to paint the cork (which I have my doubts would work out very well).

Just search for “wedge” then select black then select the category “shoes”.  There are lots of options there!

Post # 8
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

look at these from ann taylor loft:


Post # 9
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I found some all black wedges at a nine west outlet, but I don’t see them online. Aldo also has a bunch of black wedges without cork.

As for painting the cork, I would do it if the shoes were cheap enough (like $20 or under). I would use a spray paint and tape off the portions of the shoe that you don’t want painted.

I have these shoes from Target, which have some cork, but I think they are still classy and dressy enough since it is not all cork.

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