(Closed) dyeing shoes

posted 9 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i dont think so…that wouldnt be dying, that would be bleaching.  you could probably paint over it with white shoe polish but it would a) probably look horrible and 6) change the texture of the fabric

Post # 4
484 posts
Helper bee

nope there isn’t! you can dye them black though if you don’t think you’ll use them in red again.

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee

aw sorry! i hate when that happens. good luck finding a new pair you love!

Post # 7
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

@mandapanda8718:As I see that you’ve asked a similar question before, let me help a little:

Nothing can be dyed white.  Dyeing involves adding color to things.  White is the absence of color.  Thus no color of anything can ever be dyed white.  Everything starts out white and is dyed a difference color.

So how do they make white, you ask?  Well they take the base fabric (satin, silk, or cotton) and they bleach it.  Bleaching is the oxidation of a material to remove impurities which cause a color.  This makes the basic white fabric, which is the base of everything else.

Both are chemical processes.  Unfortunately, you cannot take a shoe that has been dyed any color and oxidize it back to its original white color.  It will always oxidize to a secondary base color.  (Black will bleach to the base color of the dye, sometimes blue, sometimes brown, sometimes orange.  Red will oxdize to pink or orange. Etc.)

If you are looking for white or ivory shoes, you’ll actually have to find them in white or ivory.

Does this help?

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