How to dye canvas shoes (1)

How to dye canvas shoes

One way to transform your canvas shoes is by dyeing them in vibrant colors. Whether you want to give an old pair of shoes a new lease of life or create a custom color that isn’t available in stores, dyeing canvas shoes allows you to express your unique style. But how to dye canvas shoes?  Roadtek will show you how to make an ordinary pair of canvas shoes express personality.


  1. Prepare the Shoes:

Before dyeing, ensure that the shoes are clean and free from any visible stains. To achieve uniform color results, pre-wash the shoes in warm, soapy water without any fabric softener. This step helps remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.If you are wondering how to clean sneakers, you can refer to our guide article on cleaning sneakers.

how to dye canvas shoes
  1. Create a Workspace:

Cover your work area with a plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against potential spills. This will ensure a mess-free and organized dyeing process.

  1. Remove Insoles and Laces:

Take out the shoe insoles and set them aside. Remove the laces as well to prevent them from getting stained during the dyeing process.

  1. Protect the Soles:

To prevent staining the soles, apply a thin layer of Vaseline or cover them with electrical tape. However, if you are dyeing silk or leather shoes, avoid using petroleum jelly as it may stain the fabric.

  1. Prepare the Dyebath:

In a plastic container or stainless steel sink, fill three gallons of hot water, ideally at 60°C. If your tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add it to the dyebath. Add 5 mL of dish detergent to promote level dyeing.

  1. Add the Dye:

Wearing rubber gloves, add dye to the dyebath. Shake the dye bottle well before adding it. If you desire a darker or bolder color, double the amount of dye. Mix the dye solution thoroughly.

how to dye canvas shoes
  1. Test the Color:

Dip a paper towel into the dyebath to test the color intensity. If the color is too light, add more dye. Conversely, if the color is too dark, add more water to dilute it.

Here the canvas shoe dyeing preparation is complete, in the next article we will introduce in detail how to change the color of your canvas shoes. Get ready to unleash your creativity and discover how to dye canvas shoes becaming you like color.