DIY | It’s time for new Louboutin soles

Maybe Louboutin’s desire for red sole is a bit over, it is still one of the most iconic shoe that will ever exist. And…since not everybody is willing to drop €600 for a pair of red soled shoes, we have this super high heel changing DIY for you.

And…it will only cost you about €15!


About 20 minutes of real work – aside for prep time & drying time.

Total cost

If you buy the cheapest black stiletto heels, currently on sale, enamel paint and lacquer, it should come to about €15. Add on another few euros if you find yourself buying black shoe paint, should you have any spillages you’d need to correct.


DIY Louboutin Red Sole PaintYou will need…

  • Black stiletto shoes, ideally patent black.
  • Red enamel paint, ideally spray paint to get an even finish (f.i. PlastiKote or Revell Paint (waterbased, Dutch)) – however it is messier than brush-on paint, harder to control and – for the environmentally-aware among us – the less saintly option for the environment, being in an aerosol can. If you really want Louboutin red, ask at your local hardware store for color code: Pantone 18- 1663 TPX
  • Clear lacquer spray, 300ml will do.
  • Black shoe paint for correcting errors is an advantage.
  • Parcel tape.
  • 2 plastic carrier bags.
  • Scissors.

Here is how

  1. Protect your working area with newspaper to avoid messing it up.
  2. Put parcel tape around the edges of your shoes near the sole, so that the surfaces are covered right up to the edge. Pay particularly good attention around the heels.
  3. Spread your carrier bags across your shoes, so that they cover the rest of the surfaces, and tape them down. You may need to cut them in places in order to manipulate them better. Your shoes should be completely covered and water-tight, except for the soles.
  4. Time to spray your enamel paint. Follow instructions carefully, spray paint from a distance no closer than about 25cm, try to apply as thinly as possible so that it dries more quickly and doesn’t run or seep through. It could take up to 3 hours (!) to dry.
  5. Now for the lacquer to protect the paint. Read instructions carefully and ensure that you take all necessary precautions. The one I used required spraying in 2 thin coats, leaving 15 minutes for each layer to dry, and then about a day for the shoes to dry completely… Simple as… Job’s a good ‘un… Good times!


Happy Walking!

Adapted from: Chic Cheat