Dipping and Dying Distressed Shoes

Kelleigh Hogan, Columnist

Materials:

White canvas shoes

Vaseline

Dye in your desired color (I used Rit Dye Aquamarine)

Cloth

Baking powder

Toothbrush

Rubber gloves

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Begin by preparing the shoes before dying. Rub vaseline on the soles of the shoes in order to prevent the discoloration of the soles. Additionally, remove the laces from the shoes. The shoes are ready to be dyed now.

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Prepare the dye according to the instructions. Begin by holding the toe of the shoes in the dye for about ten seconds.

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Using a damp cloth, blend the dye to create a continuous gradient from dark to light. By the end of this, the shoes should look how you would like them. Let the shoes dry for five minutes. Following that, rinse the shoes under cold running water until the water is clear. This will get rid of any excess dye.

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Let the shoes sit overnight. Pour the baking powder onto the soles. Allow the shoes to sit for a few minutes. Then, using a toothbrush, remove the excess vaseline. Any leftover vaseline will wear off over time.

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Now you have beautiful and one-of-a-kind shoes with an ombre and distressed look.