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Important Notes


  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the shoes. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item 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. Remove shoe insoles (if your shoes have them), laces and set aside.
  4. To protect the soles of your shoes from getting dyed, brush a thin coat of Vaseline on the soles. You could also cover the soles with electrical tape. Do not use Vaseline if dyeing anything with silk or leather, as the Vaseline could stain the fabric. 
  5. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with three gallons of hot water. The water should ideally be . If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  6. Add of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Wearing rubber gloves, add of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye to the dyebath. If you are trying achieve a very dark or bold color, double the dye quantity. 
  8. Mix well.
  9. 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.
  10. Wet the shoes you are going to be dyeing and add them to the dyebath.
  11. For a solid dye: Leave shoes in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour. Nylon tends to dye very quickly and much darker than other fibers so the actual time needed in the dyebath is less. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. 
  12. For a dip dye look: Soak the shoe in the dye for about 2 minutes, depending on how dark or light you want your shoes to be. Repeat the previous step; staggering the length of your dip along the shoes so that the lightest shade starts at the tongue and the darkest shade is at the tip of the toes.
    • For a smooth transition from dark to light: Take a damp cloth and gently rub the color, blurring any harsh lines to create a smooth transition from light to dark. Dip the cloth into a watered down cup of dye if needed.
  13. To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following these instructions. We recommend doing this with the spray method.
  14. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  15. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.


  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. To protect the inside of the shoes from dye, cover them with electrical tape. Also, put tape along the outside edge of the shoes on the soles and at the back inside of the heels. Then, stuff the toes with paper towels. 
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, mix of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Dye with of very hot tap water. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove. Stir well.
  4. To apply dye, dip foam brush into dye. Dab on paper towels. (This will prevent dye from dripping or running.) Then brush dye onto dry shoe, starting in the heel area. We like to start on the heel to make sure we are satisfied with the color. Use a scrap piece of fabric to wipe off any drips or unwanted dye. Use Q-tips to apply dye in narrow or hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Continue to brush dye evenly onto the sides and top of the shoe. When dipping brush in dye, always dab it on paper towels before applying to shoe.
  6. Before starting the second shoe, reheat the dye in the microwave.
  7. Set shoes on paper towels to dry overnight. Dye will appear lighter when dry.
  8. Save dye in case you want to apply a second coat.
  9. If a second coat of dye is wanted, reheat dye in the microwave. Then apply second coat of dye to shoes.
  10. To seal and protect the fabric, spray shoes with Scotchgard.

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