DIY: Loeffler Randall Inspired Polka Dot Sandals

I’m such a fan of Loeffler Randall.  I splurged on their Matilde Boots two years ago and never looked back – they’re so timeless and classic.  And their Spring Collection did not disappoint.  Neons, clogs, platforms, peep-toes… perfection.  I originally saw these polka dotted bad boys on Liz’s blog…  and immediately fell in love.  But I need to be practical… I just can’t justify spending $350 on polka dotted sandals.  I’d much rather splurge on something I’ll have forever (these?) and make my own polka dotted fun.

 – shoes (I went with this classy pair)
 – acrylic paint in white, and whatever color you’d like for the base.  Liquitex Basics is my favorite brand.
 – silver sharpie paint pen

Full tutorial after the break.

Start by painting the sole of the shoe white.  This step is important as it neutralizes the black and really allows your color to pop!

When you’ve finished, allow to dry completely.

Mix your paint together in the small dish.  For the teal I created, I used one 2 parts cobalt + emerald to one part white.

 Mix away until you get the perfect shade!

When you’ve achieved the desired shade, carefully paint the sole.

Allow to dry.

 Once dry, use the sharpie marker to carefully draw on your polka dots.

You’re done!

These will be perfect for Spring.  In the meantime, wear now with jeans… or black tights and your favorite LBD.

Top image, Loeffler Randall.  All other images, Stripes & Sequins.

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  1. I think i’d tape them off first, but these are super cute!

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  2.  These are super cute!!

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  3. Too cute!!  And you have a steady hand for sure, i would probably have to tape around some of the areas to make sure I didn’t paint in the wrong spot.  Looks great Grace!

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  4. I love your DIY too my dear!

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  5. Tierney Elizabeth:

    Cuteeeee.  You can totally go in so many directions from this–like doing leopard print or nautical stripes.  🙂

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  6. Mary:

    Isn’t that a water based paint? Do you need to spray on a protective layer to prevent the colors from washing away?, btw a very classy and money saving idea! I love it!

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    • graceatwood:

      Hi Mary, It’s not a water based paint… it’s acrylic. It won’t wash away…. but it can’t hurt to spray on a little something extra to protect your shoes. I’m a big fan of spray varnish, which you can buy at most craft stores!

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