If you are looking for a particular shoe color and cannot find it, dyeable wedding shoes can be an option. While the whole dyed-to-match thing is not as popular for weddings as it once was, it can also be an avenue for getting a fun colored shoe, whether you hope to match or contrast. With the popularity of colorful shoes for brides, it is not only bridesmaids who might need dyeable shoes. These are some tips to ensure that you get the best results from your dyeable wedding shoes.
First and foremost, be sure the shoes you buy are in fact dyeable. Not every pair of white fabric shoes can be dyed. They may have stitching or glue that will not take the color and look very odd. So always check before buying! If you are trying to create a very coordinated effect, from the bridesmaid jewelry to the dress right down to the footwear, it is helpful to pick shoes in a similar material to the dresses. If the dresses are satin, choosing a satin shoe will help you achieve the best color match. For any matte fabric, including chiffon or organza, a crepe shoe will give you the closest color match.
One thing you should know about shopping for shoes to dye is that the shoes may shrink slightly from getting wet during the dying process. The color is applied to the surface of the fabric (the whole shoe is not submerged in liquid), but nonetheless, the item can end up a little smaller in the end. Speaking from experience, if you are between sizes in a style you plan to have dyed, go up to the larger half size. It is far more comfortable to add an insert to a slightly loose shoe than to wear one that is too tight all day. Since you will spend many hours on your feet at a wedding, your feet tend to swell by the end of the day anyway.
When taking shoes to be dyed, the store will need a swatch of the material of your dress. By the way, dyed-to-match is not just for bridesmaids who want their footwear, dresses, and bridesmaid jewelry sets to coordinate. It can be very useful for brides who are wearing ivory or champagne colored wedding gowns. Do be aware that the results should be similar to your original swatch, but they may not be exactly identical. This is to be expected. As long as the color is close, it should look fine. When in doubt, it looks best to have the shoes be a tad bit deeper in hue than the dress. Also, if you choose sandals instead of pumps, any variation in hue will be less noticeable.
Sometimes people wonder if dyed shoes will run. This can be a particular concern for brides who are having their footwear dyed hot pink or bright red as a fun contrast to a white bridal gown. There is a small possibility of some color transfer, particularly if the shoes get wet. It is a good idea to wear different footwear outside if your wedding day is rainy, and then slip into your special shoes once you get inside. Spraying them with a waterproofing spray can help reduce the risk of running, although it may not eliminate it entirely. Shoes which have been sprayed cannot be redyed black after the wedding.
Whether you want a pair of chartruese shoes to add flair to black bridesmaid dresses or simply want to get the right shade of cream to match your bridal gown, dyed-to-match shoes can be a good option. As long as you know the tips for getting the best results, you should be very happy with your customized wedding shoes.