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21 Super-Easy Ways To Make Your Shoes Look More Expensive

Step it up.

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1. Dip sneakers into fabric dye or Kool-Aid for a sweet ombre look.

Brush a thin coat of rubber cement on the soles to keep them clean, then dip away. Get the how-to here.
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Brush a thin coat of rubber cement on the soles to keep them clean, then dip away. Get the how-to here.

2. If you lack any design skills, make a super-cute design with iron-on printer paper.

This seriously requires no skill. Just print out your design onto iron-on paper, cut out your pattern, and iron it onto canvas shoes. Get the how-to here.
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This seriously requires no skill. Just print out your design onto iron-on paper, cut out your pattern, and iron it onto canvas shoes. Get the how-to here.

3. Glue on some studs.

To make sure your studs stay put, use super strong E6000 adhesive. Get the tutorial here.
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To make sure your studs stay put, use super strong E6000 adhesive. Get the tutorial here.

4. For an easy way to add a cute pattern, use a permanent marker.

Permanent marker soaks into the fabric of canvas sneakers, which makes for a flawless design. Try a repeating pattern like triangles or diamonds. Get the tutorial here.
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Permanent marker soaks into the fabric of canvas sneakers, which makes for a flawless design. Try a repeating pattern like triangles or diamonds. Get the tutorial here.

5. Make cute little polka-dot kicks with a fabric-paint pen.

If you can make dots, then you can make these shoes — it's that easy. Get the tutorial here.
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If you can make dots, then you can make these shoes — it's that easy. Get the tutorial here.

6. You can also use fabric paint to easily fill in one part of the sneaker while reserving the paint pen to make the pattern.

Make sure to tape off the sole before you get started for a super-neat finished product. Get the tutorial here.
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Make sure to tape off the sole before you get started for a super-neat finished product. Get the tutorial here.

7. And all you need is a paint pen to turn a pair of Keds into saddle shoes.

This is also a great hack for a last-minute ’50s-style Halloween costume. Pair them with a poodle skirt and you're ready to go. Get the tutorial here.
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This is also a great hack for a last-minute ’50s-style Halloween costume. Pair them with a poodle skirt and you're ready to go. Get the tutorial here.

8. And don't be afraid to go for a ~bold~ pattern.

Use a pencil and ruler to trace out stripes on a canvas shoe. Then sketch out your floral accents. Fill in the shapes with a fabric-paint pen and let dry. Get the tutorial here.
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Use a pencil and ruler to trace out stripes on a canvas shoe. Then sketch out your floral accents. Fill in the shapes with a fabric-paint pen and let dry. Get the tutorial here.

9. Stick big gemstones onto sneakers with embellishing glue.

Since gemstone packages can have stones of varying sizes, lay them out on your shoes to get an idea of where you want them before you start gluing. Get the how-to here.
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Since gemstone packages can have stones of varying sizes, lay them out on your shoes to get an idea of where you want them before you start gluing. Get the how-to here.

10. You can also try the same technique to make a pretty gemstone pattern.

Wouldn't these be the cutest and comfiest addition to an effortless wedding ensemble? Get the tutorial here.
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Wouldn't these be the cutest and comfiest addition to an effortless wedding ensemble? Get the tutorial here.

11. Get cute galaxy kicks with some acrylic paint.

This is a great way to reinvent stained white sneakers. Get the tutorial here.
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This is a great way to reinvent stained white sneakers. Get the tutorial here.

12. And to get the perfect galaxy ~constellation~, press toothbrush bristles onto the shoe.

It's a big time-saver and you can get a bunch of those little white stars onto the shoe all at once. Get the tutorial here.
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It's a big time-saver and you can get a bunch of those little white stars onto the shoe all at once. Get the tutorial here.

13. Make your sneakers look WAY more fun with fringe.

Get out your glue gun, gurl. Get the tutorial here.
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Get out your glue gun, gurl. Get the tutorial here.

14. Or add a little faux leather fringe to freshen up an older pair.

For leather sneakers, opt for artificial leather fabric since it's more waterproof than real leather. Measure and cut out the fringe and then tuck it into the tongue of your sneaker. Get the full tutorial here.
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For leather sneakers, opt for artificial leather fabric since it's more waterproof than real leather. Measure and cut out the fringe and then tuck it into the tongue of your sneaker. Get the full tutorial here.

15. Apply black lace to a pair of slip-ons for a cute upgrade.

Flexible fabric glue is what makes the lace stick without making the shoe stiff and uncomfortable to wear. This is also a great hack for a pair of super comfy but stained shoes that you just can't bring yourself to throw away. Get the how-to here.
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Flexible fabric glue is what makes the lace stick without making the shoe stiff and uncomfortable to wear. This is also a great hack for a pair of super comfy but stained shoes that you just can't bring yourself to throw away. Get the how-to here.

16. Add a little sparkle to shoes with glitter and fabric glue.

Use a paintbrush to apply a thick layer of glue all over the canvas part of the sneaker before sprinkling on glitter. Get the tutorial here.
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Use a paintbrush to apply a thick layer of glue all over the canvas part of the sneaker before sprinkling on glitter. Get the tutorial here.

17. Or you can add glitter to the toes and heels for a little sparkly kick.

*Just* enough shine. Get the tutorial here.
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*Just* enough shine. Get the tutorial here.

18. For a foolproof pattern, use some Mod Podge, glitter, and a stencil.

Check out some neat Mod Podge stencils here. Get the tutorial here.
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Check out some neat Mod Podge stencils here. Get the tutorial here.

19. And remember that a little gold paint can go a long way.

Serious designer hack right here. Get the tutorial here.
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Serious designer hack right here. Get the tutorial here.

20. You can also craft a foam stamp into any shape of your choosing to make sure the pattern is ~consistent~.

Learn more about making your own foam stamps here. Get the tutorial here.
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Learn more about making your own foam stamps here. Get the tutorial here.

21. If you want to make your seriously scuffed kicks feel a little *classier,* cover holes with faux suede.

Can you imagine how cute these would look on baby feet???? Get the tutorial here.
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Can you imagine how cute these would look on baby feet???? Get the tutorial here.

Kill 'em with those ~kicks~.

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