Okay, so what I found out is that Ardene carries these perfectly pink Peixes sneakers. They have a zipper on them, lace brackets, and white trim. I don’t have before pictures, but this is what I’m going to show y’all how to make. They originally didn’t have white lace brackets or any sort of toe-thingy-mahooey. Anyways, the shoes themselves when not on sale are only $15, which is pretty badass if you ask me.
Here’s what they look like on.
Pretty nice, right? Okay, so things you’ll need:
Fabric medium for your paints. Unless you use straight up fabric paints. Then power to you, bro.
Acrylic paints in white, but I also mixed some red and purple together to make the same colour as the fabric on the shoes. For touching up parts later. Once again, if you’re using straight up fabric paints, all to you. Just remember to get a matching pink colour and a white.
Next, a pen. I used a red one so it wouldn’t be as hard to cover up, but you can use whatever. Use chalk if you have it, a bar of soap, or a pencil or Sharpie. This will only be used to outline the shape you want to make on the shoes.
The Mod Podge is optional, but I like to use it just to seal everything in nicely and to give the toes a nice bit of gloss. Mod Podge is also waterproof and gives the toes a bit more of a Converse-like hardness to them, which is what I wanted.
Now, I have a lot of brushes…
… But I only used one of my smaller square-ish brushes, my tiny angled brush so I could do really nice detailing and patching up spots where you mess up. I really wanted to be careful with the brackets, also. Then the last cheap little brush was just for smattering on my Mod Podge because that stuff always seems to wreck my good brushes.
1) Now, I started by tracing out the shape on the toe of the shoe, making it as even on both of them as I could.
2) Next, I followed the instructions on my fabric medium and mixed it with some white paint. From some of my previous fabric painting projects, I learned that if I want a thicker cover that doesn’t crack, I use the fabric medium on just the first few layers to keep my shoes slightly flexible, then the rest of the coats I make with just thicker coats of plain acrylic paint.
3) Once everything is set, you just paint in your lines made on the shoe. Make sure to get the entire part you want white, and to get it on the white “bumpers” of the shoe. It’s all white, it doesn’t matter of you get some paint on the already white section of shoe.
4) Let your layers dry in between, and add as many layers you want. I used eight layers, but you do whatever.
5) After you have as many layers as you want on the toe, you can get to painting up the brackets as much as you want.
6) Once you got all your stuff done up and painted how you want, you can go wild and do any touch ups you want, then gloss the living shit out of it with your Mod Podge if you’re going with that.
There you go! Now you have some badass Meenah Peixes shoes to cosplay with! This can apply to any sort of costume shoes later on, as well!