Ombré Dyed Neon Yellow Shoes

May 2 2018

Neon shoes are hard to come by. Especially ombré dyed ones. With our new Neon Yellow dye, we were able to create these one-of-a-kind kicks that you won’t find anywhere else. Learn how below!

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Dye (We Used Neon Yellow)
  • White Canvas Shoes
  • 4 Gallon Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Salt
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
Time
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Instructions
  1. Pre-wash shoes in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  3. To protect the inside of the shoes from dye, line them with painter’s tape and stuff the shoes with paper towels.
  4. Brush a thin coat of Vaseline on the soles. This will block out any dye from adhering to the rubber.
  5. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with three gallons of hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt.
  6. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1/2 bottle of well-shaken dye.
  7. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
  8. Soak the shoe in the dye for about 2 minutes, depending on how dark/light you want your shoes to be. Leave area out of the dye that you want to remain white.
  9. Take a damp cloth and blend any lines the dye left to create a smooth transition from light to dark.
  10. We strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these instructions.
  11. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  12. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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