You’ve seen these cool, swirly shoe designs floating around the internet, but did you know that you can create that marbled look at home with a method called hydro dipping? It’s a great way to personalize your wardrobe or create a perfectly unique gift to that special someone. Grab a pair of Crocs or white canvas shoes, some COLORSHOT Premium Spray Paint, and follow our tutorial to learn how to hydro dip for one-of-a-kind kicks. The process is simple, but we suggest practicing on some cheap shoes before moving on to more expensive ones. Trial and error are your friends!
Choose your shoes
Make sure to work outside in an open space and wear a protective mask and gloves. Start by taping the part of your shoes you won’t want dyed and trimming the tape with your craft knife. If you’re using Crocs, you can remove the strap as well. Crocs have a slick plastic surface, so you’ll want to use acetone to wipe them down before painting them. This will strip away the factory finish coating and allow the paint to adhere to the shoe.
Fill bin with water
Fill a bin with room temperature water. Choose your favorite colors of COLORSHOT Premium Spray Paint and spray in the water to create a unique swirl pattern. Now it’s time to learn how to hydro dip your shoes!
Dip shoes in paint/water mixture
Once you’re happy with the desired effects of the paint in the water, slowly dip your shoes. It’s best to dip at a near 45-degree angle. You can start with the tip of the shoe and slowly work your way in. It is important to dip the shoes completely and then quickly clean the surface and wipe away the rest of the paint.
Let shoes dry and apply sealer
Allow your painted shoes to dry completely. Once dry, spray with a generous amount of COLORSHOT Clear Sealer.
Peel off tape
Peel off the tape and your new hydro-dipped shoes are ready to step into the world!
Now that you’ve learned how to hydro dip your shoes, we want to see your colorful creations! How are you using COLORSHOT to customize your kicks? Tag us on social @MyColorshot!