Customizing one’s shoes is a form of self-expression, and it’s especially relevant these days when kids want to be distinctive and exceptional in their own way.
Kids want to be one of a kind and different. They want to stand out beautifully and not feel awkward. They do this by personalizing the things they wear and adding a few touches here and there.
A parent’s influence is always at the forefront for the younger ones. However, modern parents now know how to acknowledge a child’s choice and hear their voice regarding styling choices, especially with shoes. It’s inevitable that kids still need help from their moms for a bit of DIY to make them stand out, though.
Here are a few suggestions on how to style your kid’s girls’ shoes:
1) Swap Ordinary Shoe Laces with Fancy Ribbon
It may become dull in time for little girls who love wearing sneakers, but a fancy ribbon in exchange for the usual shoe laces may add pizzaz to them.
2) Adorn Shoes With Studs and Bling
Using hot glue, embellish your little girl’s shoes with studs or bling to add sparkle and sass. You may do this with canvas or leather shoes. You may add a few touches or cover it entirely. You may also use fancy silver studs and even sparkly Swarovski to decorate your little girls shoes.
3) Put On Patches
Patches are a fun and quirky take on styling. They will elevate self-expression for girls who don’t want to make their shoes too girly. You may sew in patches on canvas shoes for stronger hold or stick them with hot glue, so you can remove them when you get tired of the design (e.g., favorite food, cartoon characters, pet dog, or cat), and then change them with a different one.
4) Paint Them
Another creative take on shoe styling is by painting them. A white sneaker is a great medium to paint and show the design you vividly want to emphasize. If your child loves drawing or painting, this will be the perfect way to unleash their creativity and pour out their creative juices. You may use acrylic paint, leather paint, fabric paint, and paint pens for tiny details.
5) Color or Dye Them
If you want full-on color, you may spray paint or dye the shoes. If the color you particularly want, say champagne or teal, is not available in any shoe style, you can do spray painting by getting the specific paint color in aerosol cans available in most hardware stores and craft shops.
You may also dye shoes, including leather ones, using a leather dye that penetrates the surface completely to stain it permanently. Leather dyes may only be used for light-colored leather, while you need leather paint for dark-colored ones.
6) Air Brush Them
Airbrushing is used in many craft and creative applications, including cake decorating and makeup, as it gives a stunning and perfect finish. Airbrushing can provide shoes with a perfect, flawless solid color, and you may also try different strokes for a unique design. You may opt for an ombre style or streaks of intense solid color over a pale background, or vice versa.
7) Heat Transfer Images
Using heat transfer vinyl, you can design your kid’s sneakers however you want to with whatever image they prefer. This is best done on canvas shoes, and you will need a mini-iron available in craft stores. Choose a picture you like on the internet and print them on heat transfer vinyl sheets using a laser printer. Use parchment paper over the vinyl print and medium heat on the iron. Apply the print with an even heavy pressing method for 10 seconds per area until you’re sure it’s completely stuck.
8) Embellish with Glitter
Glitter can add a layer of sparkle to your little girl’s shoes. Using clear glue, apply glitter on surfaces you want to highlight. Glitters are available in many colors, and you may use several colors in one application. You may also use both heat transfer and glitter in one design application, so it will be easier to pinpoint where to put the glitter.
You can be flashy, quirky, and sassy to distinguish yourself from the rest. No one should stop you from expressing your personality. Little girls should be given free rein over their choices and be allowed to be who and what they want to be. Begin with the suggestions listed here, then wait for their reaction to their newly stylized pair of shoes.