DIY These Cap-Toe Shoes: 4 Easy Steps, 2 Amazing Styles

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on May 15.]
Admit it, every time you see an amazing pair of cap-toe shoes, you get the urge to spring clean all of those boring black pumps right out of your closet. But hold up, you won’t want to ditch them just yet! As it turns out, it’s super easy to DIY the lackluster footwear in your current possession and upgrade each pair to its fullest, color-capped potential.
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Trust, we did it ourselves — twice! — transforming a ho-hum pair of black heels into a steel-y toed wonder and turning an otherwise plain nude oxford into a neon-tinged piece that just begs for compliments and double takes. Wanna know how we did it? From intel on everything from spray-painting techniques to taping like a pro, keep reading for four simple steps that'll turn your drab shoes into cool, hue-tipped kicks — no fancy footwork (or big bucks) required.
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The Inspiration: Writer/blogger Natalie Goel's silver-tipped loafers from Sigerson Morrison.

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Our Version: The neon-tinged oxford and silver-capped black pump

Keep clicking to find out how to make these yourself!

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DIY 1: Silver Cap-Toe Pumps

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The Supplies:
-A pair of black shoes. Suede or patent leather works best. This pair was salvaged from Natalie's "giveaway" pile.
-Metallic spray paint. Fabric or floral spray paint is preferred because it’s less likely to chip.
-Masking tape
-Scissors
-Newspaper

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Step 1: Decide how big you want the cap toe and use masking tape to block it off. To avoid damaging the fabric, don’t push the tape down too hard. Then, lightly tape off the surrounding area on the shoe, including the sole, to protect against paint splatter.

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Step 2: To make the cap toe the same size on both shoes, it helps to line them up next to each other. Lay a straight edge across the taped shoe and use it as a guide for the other one.

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Step 3: Set the shoes on newspaper or an old towel. Then, stuff and wrap them them with newsprint to protect them completely. Start spraying thin layers of paint from a safe distance from the shoe in order to avoid drips and streaks.

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Step 4: Let the paint dry for 24 hours, then gently cut and peel away the tape, being careful not to harm the fabric. Et voilà! Perfect cap toes!

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DIY 2: Neon Wing-Tip Oxfords

The Supplies:
-A pair of nude oxfords or ballet flats. We got these for $30 at Buffalo Exchange.
-Neon spray paint. Fabric or floral spray paint is preferred because it’s less likely to chip.
-Masking tape
-Scissors
-Newspaper



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Step 1: Lightly cover the top of the shoe in masking tape (if you push too hard, the pleather can come off when you remove the tape!). Remember to get the tape right along the edge of the scalloped wing tip and leave the sole and heel exposed if you want to spray paint the bottom, as well.

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Step 2: Set the shoes on newspaper or an old towel. Stuff them with newsprint to protect the insides. Start spraying thin layers of paint from a safe distance from the shoe in order to avoid drips and streaks. Concentrate on coating the cap toe and sides of the sole, and don’t worry if paint gets on the bottom of the shoes. You'll be painting those in the next step, anyway!

Step 3: Allow paint to dry for 24 hours. Then spray the bottoms of the shoes and set them down to dry, soles facing up.

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Step 4: Carefully remove the tape. If you’re using leather shoes and they get scuffed when you take off the tape, you can always shine them up with a little shoe polish. And there you have it, wing tips with extra flare!

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