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How to Dye Shoes with Coffee


Dyeing your shoes is a great way to turn an old, worn out pair of canvas or fabric shoes into a new fashion statement or create a work of art to wear on your feet! There are many ways you can dye a pair of shoes, including the use of fabric dye, coffee, tea, and wine, among others.  Dyeing with coffee is by far the most inexpensive route to take, especially because you probably already have it at home. Here’s how to use those coffee grounds to turn your shoes a delightful shade of brown.

Preparing Your Shoes

Step 1: The Shoes

You should begin with a clean pair of canvas or fabric shoes. It’s best if you can throw your shoes into the washing machine and then let them air dry, or scrub the fabric in the sink to get all the dirt off.

Dyeing with Coffee

Step 1: Brew Your Coffee

The strength of the coffee will somewhat dictate the shade: weaker coffee equals lighter color and vice versa.

Step 2: Submerge Your Shoes

Pour the coffee into a container that is deep enough that the entire body of both shoes will be covered and pour in your coffee. Submerge your shoes all the way, making sure that no part of the canvas is out of the liquid.

Step 3: Check Them Often

Check the color of your shoes periodically; the longer they sit the darker they will be. Once you have your desired color, take the shoes out and soak up the excess coffee with a towel.

Step 4: Leave to Dry

Stuff your shoes with newspaper to absorb excess moisture and speed up the drying process while helping the shoes maintain their form.

Your shoes will be a little stiff at first, but they will soften up with a few wears.

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