Have you ever wanted to dye your Toms or any other shoes? I am here to tell you it is super simple. Simple? Yep. Dye is not intimidating and can change your life plus save your shoes. Why would a girl want to dye a pair of Toms? This my friends is the story of a girl who dripped bleach on her Toms. What happens when you do that? Spots. Lovely spots. So if you have a pair of Toms or other shoes that have bleach spots or you just don’t love them anymore. Break out the dye and lets get started. I do want to say that I am on the design team for RIT which is amazing! However the product used below was given to me as part of that design team status. Otherwise, the projects and opinions stated below are all my own.
Items needed to dye your Toms or any other shoes:
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- Shoes (mine are pictured below with said bleach spots **sigh**)
- RIT Color Remover
- RIT Dye in the color of your choice (oh so many options but be sure to go DARKER than the original shoe color to make it easier on you)
- RIT Dye Fixative (this is optional but I would recommend for shoes since they will be getting wet)
- Salt (used with cotton fabrics)
- Rubber gloves
- Old clothes, rags, etc
- Large pot that your shoes will fit into (cannot be aluminum)
Here is a close up of my spotty shoes in case you would like to see the bleachy issue.
I started with the RIT Color Remover. Begin by reading all of the instructions that come in your package. The heated method apparently works the best. It however STINKS. So open windows please before beginning the procedure. You can also get the basics for using RIT Color Remover online here. What this does is help to remove some of the color of your shoes so that they are easier to dye. The color remover will have varying degrees of success depending on the fabric. I was pleased that I was dealing with a lighter version of my original shoes disaster.
Now it is time to dye. Remember dye is not intimidating. You really just need to follow all of the instructions to the letter. So grab your bottle of RIT dye and read everything first. You can also find instructions for sink dying your shoes by heading to the RIT Studio. I make every attempt to follow along with those instructions when dying anything. Tons of information can be found on the RIT studio as well if you are thinking of trying out dye on a different item. For shoes, I also recommend that you use the RIT dye fixative to make sure they don’t bleed or change color when wet. You can follow the complete instructions on the box or head here and learn how to use dye fixative online. I washed my shoes in the washing machine actually after all of this was done and they are perfect! So I would say that I am thrilled with the results. So it was time to take some after pictures of my new dyed shoes.
This little guy thought differently. He was sure it was time to pet him and not take pictures of myself wearing dyed shoes. That is why my friends that there is specs of mud on my perfectly dyed shoes in all of these after shots. Just look at him y’all…..you can’t be mad!
You can still notice the bleach spots if you really look but in person they are tons less noticeable which I love. I have been wearing my new dyed Toms everywhere and have had zero issues with the dye. So I am one happy lady! And if you will notice, the dye does not work on the tag because of the material type. So not only do they look amazing dyed but they look like they were meant to be that way! Win, win y’all! So dye your Toms or any other shoes this weekend. Don’t be intimidated!! If you can follow instructions — you can do this!