DIY Gold Glitter Sneakers

It started a week ago. I saw this photo and immediately fell madly in love with Kate Spade’s Glitter Ked’s. A quick web search told me that the gorgeous glitter Ked’s were no longer for sale (and that the multi-color version were selling on ebay for over $100, ouch!). So while I was wistfully staring at the shoes I couldn’t buy all of a sudden I thought: I can make these! So here we are! These shoes shed almost no glitter and should hold up well to water and wear and tear.

Get excited guys, this DIY involves glitter. LOTS of glitter!



What You’ll need

  • 1 Bottle Metallic Gold Paint
  • 1 Jar of Outdoor Mod Podge
  • 1 Big ole’ Container of Glitter (Kate Spade uses a mix of fine and coarse glitter, mine is just fine)
  • 1 Jar Fabric Medium
  • 1 Pair Ked’s in Your Size!
  • Paintbrushes


Step 1: Remove the laces from the shoes (silly I know but it’s worth saying).


Step 2: Tape off the areas of the shoe that you don’t want your pain and glitter to get on. I used washi tape leftover from another project and it worked perfectly on the mix of canvas and rubber.

Step 3: Mix the metallic gold paint and fabric medium together at a 1 to 1 (1:1) ratio. Fabric Medium helps certain types of paint adhere better to canvas and other fabrics. It also makes the paint softer to the touch. The gold paint keeps you from seeing the black canvas through the glitter and gives the gold a little more depth.


Step 4: Start painting the sneakers with your gold paint/fabric medium mixture. Make sure you get the corners!


Step 5: After the first coat of paint dries completely, add a second. You can see the difference in coverage above, the left shoe has one coat, the right has two.


Step 6: While you wait for your second coat to dry, mix glitter and outdoor Mod Podge until you get a thick, coarse paste.


Step 7: Paint your glitter mixture onto the shoe. It’s okay it looks a little white and milky at first, Mod Podge dries clear! Coat the shoe but try to avoid thick spots, clumps and uneven paint.


Step 8: Touch up the corners and around the lace loops with a small paint brush.


Step 9: Now the fun part! Once the Mod Podge is no longer tacky start peeling off the tape! Once you’re done, scrape the extra paint and glitter off the lace loops gently.

glitter_shoes2Step 10: Lace up and rock your new glitter shoes!


7 Comments on DIY Gold Glitter Sneakers

  1. Kalliste
    July 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm (3 years ago)

    These look awesome and relatively easy! I’m not too keen on gold but the possibilities are endless anyway 🙂

    • Veronica
      July 3, 2014 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

      They really are! When I started this project I seriously considered doing a mix of purple, blue, green and gold glitter haha. But the sky is the limit!

      I’m glad you liked it!

  2. onel
    July 4, 2014 at 2:30 am (3 years ago)

    The new look rocks!! I just have to love the glitters!


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