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DIY: How to Make Comic Book Shoes

Have you ever wanted to wear Superman or Batman on your feet? How about Spiderman? Deadpool? The Invisible Woman? With a truly simple art project you can get this done in no time, and have new stylish footwear that your buddies will envy. They’ll be one of a kind, ’cause you made them! I recently took a pair of flats, and glued my favourite bits from a Skottie Young comic to the pair, and wound up with a sweet set of colourful shoes that I can wear whenever I want to share my love for Marvel comics. Here’s how it’s done!

This past weekend was Fan Expo in Toronto. Have you been? It is filled daily with a ton of colourful characters, and I’m not even kidding. Some are yellow, others are green, all are entirely awesome! I tried wearing my shoes there, but only lasted about 30 mins with them on. There’s nothing wrong with the shoes themselves per se… I just have very weird feet, anything that isn’t a Skechers shoe simply hurts. So yeah, now that I’m confident in my Comic Book Shoes making skills, I’m next going to try this on a pair of Skechers, when I find the right ones.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to make your own pair of Comic Book Shoes easily.

Tools to Make Comic Books Shoes

  1. A pair of shoes that you’re comfortable wearing. All of the similar tutorials I’ve seen used a pair of heels that had a smooth surface. My first pair of shoes had fuzz all over them, and it still worked beautifully. The fuzz was glued down, so the shoes now looks like they originally had a smooth surface, but I like them that way anyway. Just note that the smoother the surface, the easier it is to apply the comic paper. So any ridges on the outer shell of the shoe will be difficult to work with.
  2. A comic book or two that you don’t mind cutting up into pieces. I happened to have an extra copy of Skottie Young’s Giant-Size Little Marvel #3 in my stockpile, and still felt guilty cutting up the pages, even though I had a perfectly pristine copy still sitting in my collection.Skottie Young - Giant-Size Little Marvel #3
  3. Scissors. Any pair will do really, but if you happen to have a precision pair in your scrapbooking tools, totally get those ones out! My fave pair will always be EK Success Tools Precision Scissors. I’ve had two pairs for nearly a decade now, and will never give ’em up!
  4. An angled paint brush, like one from Plaid Angle Brush Set, 44277 (5-Piece).
  5. And finally,Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS11301 Matte Finish

How to Easily Create Comic Book Shoes

Here are the simple steps I took to make my Avengers/Xmen shoes.

  1. Place some spare paper or a placemat over the area you’re going to work.
  2. Cut out all the shapes you want to use. If you want to cover the entire shoe with comic panels, cut them all out in odd shapes. Be prepared that not all are going to fit as you’d like. This was probably the hardest part for me. It was a bit time consuming to meticulously cut out all of the images I wanted to add to my shoes.
  3. Get a rough idea of where each image will be glued on the shoe, before you begin the actual gluing.Comic Book Shoes - Clip your comics with precission scissors.
  4. Fully cover the back of your first piece with Mod Podge glue, and stick where you had decided to place your image. Don’t worry about glue showing up on the front side of the image; just gently wipe the excess away with your fingers.Comic Book Shoes - Glue your pieces into place
  5. Repeat step #4, until you have all pieces in place on your shoes.
  6. Using the same glue, paint a thin amount of Mod Podge all over the outside of both shoes (even areas that are not covered with comic images, but do avoid the soles.)Comic Book Shoes - Layer glue all over the shoes multiple times
  7. Wait for the glue to dry (about 15 minutes,) and then repeat step #6, three or four times per shoe. Honestly, you can keep adding more layers until you feel satisified with the glued finish over your images.
  8. And that’s it! Once your shoes dry for the final time, they’ll be ready to wear as soon as you want.

And Now You Have a Fabulous Pair of Unique Shoes

XMen vs Avengers Comic Book Shoes

XMen vs Avengers Comic Book Shoes

I call my right shoe my “Captain America: Civil War” shoe, heh. I do have the biggest pout that Bucky Bear was not in this particular comic. #SadPanda

Why yes, the Winter Soldier is a teddy bear in Little Marvel world, why do you ask?

Comic Book Shoes - Civil War Iron Man Spiderman Captain America

My Captain America: Civil War Shoe

I love the fact that word bubbles glue on nicely. This fact makes me want to create a shoe almost entirely of Deadpool word bubbles, but that would require a ton of his comics to get the best quotes, (and there are many of which I don’t have a first copy of, for shame.)

Comic Book Shoes - Wolverine still finds room to make fun of Cyclops.

Comic Book Shoes – Wolverine still finds room to make fun of Cyclops.

The really cool thing about this project is that it’s actually not limited to a pair of shoes. Have a table that needs a fun top? I have a desk from IKEA that would definitely benefit from layers of comic book panels.

Have you ever tried decoupage before? I’m finding that this might very well become an art addiction for me! My storage boxes for things like taxes will look so very awesome with vengeful Wolverine on the lids.

Living in Superman’s Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, squees over comic art, hunts down the nerdiest places to visit and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction. Read More…

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22 Comments on “DIY: How to Make Comic Book Shoes

Brandee
September 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

These are awesome! I could add some Spiderman to my son’s dress shoes. He may actually want to wear them then! You could try looking for Deadpool comics online and printing with color paper on thin paper?

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Aeryn Lynne
September 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Brandee! 🙂 Haha, my SIL said the same thing. Her son keeps avoiding those dress shoes like the plague.

The thing about printing right now, is 1) ensuring you get a clean print, or the text will look super fuzzy, and also 2) regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper could very well be too thin and tear up. Comic paper has a nice gloss to it and is fairly thick so it’s pretty hard to rip. Card stock is probably too thick, so would need to find a paper that is between regular printer paper and card stock, heh.

Excellent idea though! Once I replace my printer (mine current one wouldn’t be able to print that kind of job,) and find the right paper, that could very well be the solution, thanks! 🙂

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Lilac
September 6, 2016 at 8:50 am

Oh my gosh Aeryn, what a clever idea. The kids will love sporting those shoes. Thanks for sharing.

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Ruth Ann
September 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

This is awesome! I just finished a “superhero” room for my son. I bet I could do this to a pair of sneakers or as you said, some furniture, (bookshelf maybe), for him! Thanks for the inspiration.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

Oooh, that’s cool! You now have me eyeing up one of my bookshelves, heh. Great idea! 🙂

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Joann
September 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I have never been to Fan Expo, but if I do go, I want to make shoes like this! What a fun and clever idea. 🙂

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Aeryn Lynne
September 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Joann! The Fan Expo is a great time for sure, and decorated shoes are tons of fun to show fan spirit! 🙂

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Gingermommy
September 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm

These are super cute! Such a fun idea for anyone looking for something a little unique!

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Crystal
September 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm

You’re so crafty!! They turned out awesome, great job and good tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Stephanie
September 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

What a cute idea! I’m not that creative or crafty to do something like this! I love this idea!

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Cindy Ingalls
September 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Those shoes are amazing. I bet they would be a huge hit at comic cons. I would love to decorate a pair with Wonder Woman comics.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 25, 2016 at 1:04 am

Oh, that would be awesome! If you ever make Wonder Woman shoes, I would LOVE to see them! 🙂

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shalama
September 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm

That is pretty creative. I would have never thought of doing something like this.

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jessie
September 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Really love this DIY! I cannot believe how amazing they turned out. I am so bad at anything to do with glue, I usually end up with a huge mess.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 25, 2016 at 1:07 am

I’m normally a disaster with glue Jessie, lol. This Modge Podge stuff is super simple to work with tho. I wound up getting it all over my hands, and it easily peeled off, heh.

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Jenny
September 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

These shoes are so unique! I have a few friends who love comic books so I am sure they’d love these too!

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Elizabeth O.
September 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

This is something that my girls will love. I can’t believe how easy it is to make. I really like the creativity! What’s even better is that you can choose a different design if you’re not into comic books and super heroes.

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Nicole Escat
September 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Wow, that is so fab! I want to make one too, I am a big fan of Marvel!

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Rose Pingol
September 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I love this shoes. My grandson will love a pair of it but he likes Batman.

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Amanda Love
September 25, 2016 at 6:50 pm

I never thought about doing this before. It’s super easy, it would be awesome to do this with my daughter, I’m sure she’ll have lots of fun!

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Rosey
September 26, 2016 at 4:47 am

Oh my goodness this is great. AND You saved yourself a small fortune. The shoes with prints on them are so expensive!

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tauyanm
September 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

omg this is so fun to make! I’ll make this using other designs for more chic look

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