Update on the spray paint shoes
Some of you had tips and questions for me, thanks!! About the success of the spray-paint job... well, it was partial. No, they did not stain my feet! Once the paint is dry it is about as dry as it comes, and does not scrape off at all--one of spray paint's best and worst qualities. I just used regular ol' spray paint, Valspar brand for one of them, store brand in the red. Then, I decided I wanted another color, so I bought some coral spray paint and painted them again. They then had four coats of paint/primer on them, which may have contributed to the only problem that I encountered...
A little chipping. They were great for the pictures, and I would totally do it again. But now that I've worn them, they do show a few little signs of cracking and chipping. See?
Just a few places where the white of the original shows through. My first thought? That primer did squat. If you try this at home, you can skip the primer. I don't think it helped at all.
Also, I'm pretty sure this would have gone better on a shoe of a different material. These things are cheap-o vinyl, and I think just about any other shoe type would work better. Leather, even, if you got them cheaply and didn't mind painting them, or fabric. Cheap fabric faux suede or anything with a nap might look weird, but canvas or twill would probably look fine. And, you'll remember I have spray-painted leather shoes before, but then I covered the painted part in Mod Podge and glitter (see here).
More on the engagement pictures when I get them back from my photographer! (Update: see them here!)