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Bollywood Shoes – Makeover with Shoe Attitude

Posted on August 4th, 2013 in Craft Attitude, Crafts

Ever since I discovered Shoe Attitude printable film, I’ve decorated a lot of shoes, but these could be my all-time favorites. I wanted to create some custom shoes for my friend Joanne’s birthday, so I found these plain white sneakers at H&M and decided to spin some Shoe Attitude magic on them. Joanne loves Indian culture and art, and she loves her cat Opie, so I put them on the shoes, to make some snazzy Bollywood sneakers. For these sneakers, I tried something new: adding some sequined trim along the stitching. The trim not only added some bedazzlement, it also hid imperfections where sections met, and reinforced the Shoe Attitude film at the edges. These shoes! OMG!

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What I used:

White Keds-like sneakers from H&M

Images from Dover’s “Designs from India” Book and CD Rom.

Elmer’s Extreme Glue Stick

Sequined trim from Joann Fabrics

Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac

These are the plain sneakers "before."

These are the plain sneakers “before.”

I sized the images to fit the sections of the sneakers and printed them on the Shoe Attitude film.

I sized the images to fit the sections of the sneakers and printed them on the Shoe Attitude film.

Working a section at a time, I rubbed a glue stick on the surface. I used Elmer's new "Extreme" glue stick.

Working a section at a time, I rubbed a glue stick on the surface. I used Elmer’s new “Extreme” glue stick.

Position the Shoe Attitude film ink side down on the glued surface and smooth with your fingers.

Position the Shoe Attitude film ink side down on the glued surface and smooth with your fingers.

Trim the excess film with a craft knife. Then continue with the other sections.

Trim the excess film with a craft knife. Then continue with the other sections.

I used Fabri-Tac to glue sequined trim to the seams. The trim hid all the imperfections.

I used Fabritac to glue sequined trim to the seams. The trim hid all the imperfections.

Here are the finished sneakers. Hooray for Bollywood!

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Here’s an earlier video I made on how to apply the Shoe Attitude film. to shoes.

Disclosure: I am a designer/spokesperson for Craft Attitude and Shoe Attitude, and the Craft Attitude links on this page are affiliate links. However, I was loving and using this stuff way before I did any work for them because I believe in the product so much. So there you have it.

9 Comments

  1. Joanne Gordon says:

    I am extremely unbiased and I do think they are the very best use of the Craft Attitude product and the very best shoes you’ve made with them thus far. The colors, the flair, that cat! They are outrageously beautiful! You are a brilliant genius Jonathan!

  2. cathy ross says:

    I there a sealer to make it water proof? Or is there a need for one??

    • admin says:

      Because the film goes on the shoe ink side down, the ink is sealed from the elements by the film, so it is water resistant. However, it is not waterproof, i.e., you can’t put it in the washing machine or jump in puddles. I’ve never used a sealer that can make it totally waterproof. Some crafters have used some spray sealers on the shoes (and even sealers with glitter in them), but I haven’t personally used them and don’t know how protective they are.

  3. Jen says:

    I love these! Beautiful! I can’t wait to try out this product myself. I love your You Tube videos, Style with a Smile.
    Keep crafting!

  4. Tiffy C says:

    Hi Jonathan! I love what you’re doing with these shoes! I’m having a hard time locating Shoe Attitude or the Kodak Shoe Film. Can the original Craft Attitude film be substituted and will it still have the same affect?

  5. Mitchell Padilla says:

    Where would I look for the designs or images to print on the family… Could I like print family photos to put on my shoes… Or say I wanted to print a sheet with the Puerto Rico Flag is there a certain site I go to…..

    • admin says:

      You can search on Google images for the flag. You would need a computer program that can lay the images out for you on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.

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