How To DIY Your Own Silver Sneakers

DIY Silver Sneakers.

How To DIY Your Own Silver Sneakers

For those of you who love to make items your own, then this DIY on how to make your own silver sneakers will be fun! The greatest part about it, is you could make the shoes any color you really want.

The idea for this post started with the silver shoe post (here) and with my comment about these sneakers that I was coveting (which happen to be on sale right now). I had a reader make this suggestion: “Don’t spend 73 bucks for silver sneakers. Find a cheaper white pair at a discount stop and get some silver fabric paint or large markers and do it yourself!” As it turned out, a couple days later, she found herself a pair at Goodwill for $7—and even sent me a picture to prove it. This is Judy or as her friends call her, Jude, below with her puppy, Piper.

DIY Silver Sneakers.

But then the story gets better….Jude, actually made a pair of these silver sneakers for me. Since she suggested painting a pair and she’d never done it herself, she wanted to make sure it’d work!

Well, voila—they turned out magnificent—don’t you think (they are also shown in the top picture)?! She even signed them on the back (inside the fleur de lis is her name) and added an initial charm on the top of the shoelace on the right shoe—I think this could be my favorite detail because anyone could do this to their existing pair so easily to add a little pizzazz! Here’s an example of what you could add to your shoelaces!

Painting your Own Sneakers a Color DIY Silver Sneakers.


As for the specifics of how to create these masterpieces—I have the run down for you per Judy! The entire cost of the project was under $25 not including the shoes (purchased at Target here) along with a couple of brushes & sponges she already had in her collection. I figured if you’re someone who would be interested in this, you probably have many of these items—so it wouldn’t be too hard to recreate!

1-Use a Sharpie pen (found at Target, Michael’s, or here) for the tricky parts: around the rubber trim and grommets of the shoelaces.

2-Judy used Folk Art Brand acrylic paint (found here on ebay—she got hers at Michael’s) to paint the remaining portion of the shoe with a small brush & a flat sponge dabber. First she painted on the silver paint as a base coat (#662E), and then finished with a top coat of silver glitter (#2787E).

I have to say, I’ve worn these sneakers quite a few times already! I love them for that fact 1-they are sparkly and fun and 2-they’re sneakers so, of course, they’re comfortable (plus I can slide my orthodics inside them). Jude did say she isn’t sure how they would hold up to puddles…

This is what my 4th of July outfit will look like–you don’t notice how sparkly the shoes are in the shade, but trust me…in the sun they glimmer!!

DIY Silver Sneakers.

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Of course, you could make your sneakers so many other colors too—there are a plethora of different acrylic paint colors! But if it sounds like too much work, I researched some fun sneakers you could purchase instead and all under $100:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    These are adorable! I must have a silver pair and a gold pair now that I’ve seen them. So clever and I especially love the charm, which I never would have thought to add. I’ll get my supplies at Michael’s and some sneaks at Target or Walmart. I’m thinking sparkly purple will be necessary too. Your July 4th outfit is perfect.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have been so surprised at how much I wear these silver sneakers!! And I definitely think you need a sparkly purple pair.
      If you make them and send me a photo—I’ll add it to this post!! 🙂

  • These look so cool! What an amazing DIY

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t tell you how much I’ve worn these—really they go with everything. All you need is the time & patience to do it!!

  • Ahhhhh SO fun! What a nice surprise… and you look awesome in that outfit! Checkin’ out some of those shoes now… thanks for linking at #FridayFrivolity!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sarah!!

  • What a neat idea of amping up your converse style! Such an easy DIY too! Would love if you can link up to

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rania—I actually did link this up in your 6/27 link up!! Thanks for asking!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Oh my goodness Jodie, These are so cute you make me want to start wearing sneakers again. As luck would have it my daughter had a pair of keds and because they had a small hole in them she doesn’t want them anymore. So I thought I’d decoupage some fabric on the hole and make them all personalized. Youhave really inspired me here. Pinning your gorgeous silver sneakers.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How perfect it that Mary? I totally want to see them when you’re done—-just think of how you’re helping out the environment by recycling (I can always come up with some rationale!!)

  • Bernadette Laganella

    How much fun is this. One of your followers makes you silver sneakers. Not saying you don’t deserve but boy am I jealous.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It was quite a wonderful surprise Bernadette!!

  • These look great! I’m really tempted to give my plain white daps a makeover now. 🙂 #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really love them Jess—in fact, I’m wearing them today since we’re planning a trip to the zoo—easy to walk in, yet a little bling!!

  • Candace

    Judy is a genius! I love the way those shoes turned out and your dress is so gorgeous. Happy 4th! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she amazing?? She’s got quite a few other DIY ideas that hopefully I’ll get on the blog sometime!! Some people are so creative!!
      Thanks for reading Candace!

  • lulu82143

    Love your red glasses with the outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much! Per a reader’s suggestion, I got some fun glasses!!

  • dan

    Judy had a great idea! Those sneakers are soooo cute! I don’t often wear sneakers but I have a pair of old Allstars somewhere … with a little restyling they could be nice…
    Your light blue dress goes well with your sparkling sneakers! Beautiful red accessories …

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dan!! I had never thought to restyle my shoes like I do my clothes until this blogging thing—it’s so fun!

  • Your outfit is hands down my favorite Fourth of July-worthy look I’ve seen so far. It’s folksy and fun and sporty and just plain adorable. The sparkling silver sneaks are the perfect finishing touch! What a fun pair of shoes to build an outfit around. Plus, if I DIYed them, I’d want to wear them all the time so I could tell people how crafty I am. As you can probably imagine, I’m more of a shopper than a crafter. lol

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I could be categorized as more of a shopper too—at least it’s more of an instant gratification!!
      But I do like be crafty at times—I would never have thought of doing things with shoes though!!

  • Hi Jodie, what a cute and fun idea … I’ll have to make a pair for myself! I’ve pinned, stumbled, tweeted and shared … Thanks for sharing with us this week at #SimplifyWednesdays

    • Jodie Filogomo

      If you do make a pair for you—i’d love to see them!!

  • Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lisa!! It’s funny because I’m always thinking of how to redesign or change my clothing, but I hardly ever consider that with shoes! This was quite the aha moment for me!!

  • Stevie Turner

    Original! Reminds me of my silver shoes when I was a kid!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How cute!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Perfect for my bling style! Great idea. Cute outfit. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      Right? Almost any female fashion blogger needs a little extra bling–for their feet!!

  • So adorable, Jodie! I love my glitter sneakers (which I got from Target on clearance for $7 complete with the glitter already on!). Your 4th of July outfit is so cute! And what a wonderful friend is Jude to make these must-have sneakers for you.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they so everything, Shelbee? You wear them more than you’d even imagine? You are quite the deal finder, I must say—$7 is a steal!!

  • Melissa Ruddy

    I would have never thought of doing these myself what a great idea! They came out great. Will be pinning to give this a try. Thanks for sharing at the Over the Moon Party

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know—I wouldn’t have thought of it either. I’m all about changing up clothing, but I’ve never thought about doing it to footwear! Thanks for checking in Melissa!

  • Trang Do

    Love those sneakers!! Looks amazing!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Trang!! They have been such a staple in my closet in the short time I’ve had them!! Thanks for reading!

  • Great DIY project, Jodie! The sneakers turned out GREAT!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!! I really, really love them!

  • Brilliant (and sparkly, too). Love, love, love.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!! They have been my faves lately!

  • Such a cute idea!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Oh my gosh! How cute and cool!! You have your very own, personalized work of art to wear! It doesn’t get better than that.

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, huh?

  • Judy Gramith

    These were SO much fun to make for you Jodie and I’m delighted that you’ve found them a versatile “go to”. I’m now coveting the ones styled like baseballs ( from Nordstrom. ) and I think they’d be easy to replicate. Great for the 4th as Jean Ann suggested in the first comment.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are amazing Jude!! I thought those baseball sneakers were so cute, but I never thought about replicating them. Are you sure you don’t want to start your own blog? Because that’s such a creative thought process you have going on in your head!
      And thank you, thank you, thank you again for such a fabulous gift!!

  • Jean Ann

    I am thinking red and blue on white sneakers with some silver for sparkle! Thanks for the idea xo

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • Mother Daughter

    I love these sneakers. I might have to step into the DIY arena again and give it a try. I think if I look hard enough here at home I could find white sneakers just waiting to go glam.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly—-even some older keds could be vamped into silver sneakers!!

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    These are so unique! Lovely idea 🙂


    Edye |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Edye—aren’t they wonderful? The nice thing is they aren’t expensive and anyone could make them—and any color!!
      Thanks so much for reading!

  • Oh, my goodness! This is such a Fabulous idea. I am so happy Jude and you shared this with us! Lately silver, sparkly sneakers have been on my radar and I am now contemplating taking on this fun project (as well as maybe in a couple of more colors!).

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t these great??? I might have to do a bright pink pair!!

  • What a funky idea – love it! They look good and how lovely of her to do that.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wasn’t it the nicest thing ever??? And I’ve been so surprised at how versatile they are? They almost are whitish enough, yet add some bling!!

  • Adorable! So nice of your friend to create these for you. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wasn’t that so sweet? And I’ve worn them more than any other shoe lately—they go with everything!

  • Really nice decorating and I love the little bead on the laces. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! I’m sure not everyone notices the bead because you have to be up close, but I really love that detail!!

  • Oh my gosh…those are so cute!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they fun?? You so need some!!

  • What fun! These turned out great. NIce of her to make them for you.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wasn’t that so wonderful—and unexpected??!!
      The amazing thing is how much I’ve worn them—I think because they are metallic, they look lighter and seem so perfect for the summer!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Those silver shoes turned out really well, and I love your patriotic outfit, complete with matching eyeglasses 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!!!
      Funny–how the glasses match too, huh? Maybe I should get some of every color?