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April 09, 2009



Hi, Ashley. You can paint suede with the same paint we use to paint smooth leather. It's called Lumiere and we have it in our online store: http://store.sassyfeet.com. Just brush the suede clean before painting. Because the paint will cover the suede, you won't get a nice soft surface afterward, but you will get the color you want.


Hi you have many wonderful tips and they are really helpful. I am trying to create a pair of shoes that have a custom design on them. They are foux suede and i want to paint on them, but i am unsure of what kind of paint would be best. And advice would be very helpful!! Thanks


Thanks for the link to suede dye :-)


Yes, you could use the same product, BUT it would take you forever to cover the whole dress, plus you'd need at least two coats of dye as it wouldn't absorb evenly with just one coat. You might find a professional cleaners/dyers who could do it for you if you are willing to spend the money.


I have a vintage suede pale yellowish dress ( its not flattering, i look naked when wearing it! AH!) Id love to dye it, well any colour really... do you think i could use the same technique?


Margaret, the Angelus suede dyes come with a little woolen dauber if you buy the small bottle. Or if you buy a larger bottle (which I recommend -- suede really sucks up dye), you can order the daubers separately. These work better than a brush in my experience because it holds lots of dye. Also, your dye job will look blotchy after one coat, maybe even after two (depending on how dark you are going to dye it. But after the third coat at most it should dry looking nice and even.

Once the suede dye dries, you brush up the nap on the suede with a soft brush -- nail brush or toothbrush will do -- and you'll be amazed at how great the suede looks.

Take before and after pics and send them along!

margaret oak

Hi, thank you for this information! I am really excited to dye my light gray suede boots and see how they turn out! I only wanted to ask, is there a special brush you recommend for dying a good quality suede boots? I am a bit afraid that it would come out blotchy. I await your reply. Thank you so so much again!



Hi there! I came across your site as I was researching ways to dye the greatest suede shoes that I just don't like the color of. Thank you so much for posting your blog and photos, as most places make it sound nearly impossible!

Coincidentally, I also want to dye my suede shoes from pink to blue - can I ask you to describe the shade of blue you got using the Angelus on the pink suede? I'm hoping for a vivid, electric blue.

Also, how many bottles of the dye did you need to coat your shoes?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give on the matter! And SO glad to know that it's possible to salvage these shoes!


Can't wait to see what you do with those yellow suede Mephistos!

The little buildings are pieces of leather that I painted with various colors of Lumiere, then cut out to look like ... uh ... little buildings. Then I used Barge Cement (a leather glue) to glue them to the suede-covered wedge.

Oh, yes, and Destiny showed me how to make little windows in the buildings using black and silver Sharpies.

Leilani Bennett

Damn! Even pressing my nose to the screen on the enlarged pic I can't figure out how you did the city scape! Is it Lumiere paints? Is it little metallic leather appliques? So I say again, Damn!

Thanks for the scoop on suede dye. I have a pair of yellow suede Mephistos that are still great but looking well used. Now I know what to do!

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