Tie Dye Sneakers

I found a pair of white Keds a while back for $8 at a consignment shop. I saw a post on Pinterest where someone took a similar pair of shoes and ombre glittered them. I thought, how cool! I can do that. Instead, I decided to ombre dye them. They didn’t quite turn out like I had imagined, but if I decide I don’t like them in the future I can just do the glitter thing.

What you’ll need:

  • white sneakers
  • dye (mine was a single color kit from Walmart for about $6)
  • water
  • a few days

The first step is to take out the laces.


My dye came in a squirt bottle. Follow the instructions then start squirting. Initially, it didn’t want to take so you’ll have to use a lot.

Use about half to two thirds of the bottle on the first section, then refill with more water and keep going.


Repeat the last step until you get the result you want. I’m not sure where the blue line came from, but it’s pretty neat looking.

Let them dry. I then followed the instructions from the tie dye kit for t-shirts and soaked the shoes in hot water with a tiny bit of detergent. I then rinsed them with cold water and put them in the garage to dry. It was really hot that week so I figured they would dry super fast, but it turned out to be really humid. After they dry, put the laces back in and wear.

I still haven’t decided if I like them or not. I may re-dye them entirely or glitter ombre them.


November 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects.

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