Start with inexpensive canvas shoes. Wash and dry them. Tape off the rubber with painter's tape.
Let the fun begin.
I used a combination of Textile Paints by Jacquard and Lumieres by Jacquard. The Lumieres I mixed with fabric medium. I also used some acrylic paint, again mixed with fabric medium.
My inspiration for these shoes was a beach sunset, so I focused on colors of water and the shades of reds, golds, yellows, and pinks of the sunset.
I then sewed large sequins around the seam using embroidery floss and a tapestry needle. I had a pair of jewelry pliers handy for when the needle got stuck, as canvas is a pretty tough fabric. I actually broke one needle.
I liked the look of the beads so much that I added beads to the sequins on the top seam.
I finished the look with some fun laces I found at Target.
And now I can kick back and enjoy my custom shoes.