How Do You Dye Suede Shoes?

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To dye your suede shoes, you'll need a toothbrush, a dye that is specifically designed for suede, protective gloves and fabric or paper for stuffing the shoes. Dream a Little Bigger recommends Fiebing's Suede and Roughout dye for dyeing suede.

  1. Stuff the shoes

    Fill the shoes with paper or a piece of fabric such as an old washcloth. This helps the shoes to keep their shape during the dyeing process.

  2. Prepare the shoes

    Use the toothbrush to get rid of any loose dirt on the shoes before dyeing. Tape off the soles of the shoes if you don't wish to dye them.

  3. Apply dye to the shoes

    Wear gloves before you start to apply the dye so your hands don't get stained. With the toothbrush, apply dye to the seams of the shoes. Use a cotton ball on a stick to apply the dye to the rest of the shoes. Some dye kits come with a stick to which you can attach a cotton ball. Add more dye to any areas of the shoes that are stained to create an even look. Allow the dye to dry completely before wearing the shoes. Once the dye has dried, your shoes should look newer.