Get Crafty! Painted TOMS
I just returned from my first Coachella! It was definitely insanely fun but I can't tell you how much I was stressing about what to wear! It's intimidating as I'm not at all fashionable (I'm more of a "comfy casual with pops of color" gal). But more important that what outfits to wear were what shoes to wear. I knew I was going to be on my feet for basically an entire day (work in the morning, play the rest of the day) for three days and you're in a sandy and dirty dessert, so flip flops, sandals, and anything that couldn't be washed were out. I could wear sneakers but does that match the snazzy outfits I had planned out?
I decided to go with TOMS. I absolutely love my TOMS and have been looking for an excuse to buy another pair. I love supporting companies that give back! But I tend to enjoy the fun prints. Knowing I was short on time, I decided instead of running all over town to find the right pattern, I was going to buy a pair of solid classics and paint them!
It's really fun getting to paint your shoes - it's like a blank canvas. All you need is to mix 2 parts paint with 1 parts fabric medium (this makes any paint acceptable for fabric) and get your paint on! I chose Martha Stewart's Vintage Decor Paint in Antique Sky (I had it on hand for another project) and Martha Stewart Tintable Fabric Medium.
I decided I wanted to paint polka dots (not really "Coachella" but whatever) so I used an old etching tool that I had, but you can use anything small that will create a dot - a nail, bobby pin, toothpick, etc. For fun I also wanted to add hearts on the back of each shoe, so I used my heart punch to create a stencil with some card stock.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to let your shoes dry for a full day after painting. If you want even more protection, you can spray the shoes down with Scotchgard after drying (then let it dry some more).
Have you ever gotten expressive with your shoes? Back in the day I'd paint my Keds and I had friends who drew on their Converse shoes.