Learn How to Hydro Dip Shoes- Super Fun Tutorial!

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4 Hours

Hello unique queens and kings! Today, we are going to hydro dip shoes! Sounds fun? It certainly is! So many people are taking their creativity into their own hands and making something spectacular with their shoes. I’ve decided to do the same and simplify the steps so that you can do it, too. Gone are the days of boring, white canvas shoes. Let’s transform these babies!

Tools and materials:

  • White canvas shoes
  • Painter's tape
  • Blade
  • Bucket
  • Box
  • Gloves
  • Primer
  • Spray paints (assorted colors)
  • Topcoat spray paint
Hydro dip shoes

Hydro dipping shoes

Tape the soles and sides

Use painter's tape to tape off the areas that I do not want to get colored. In this case, I went around the perimeter of the bottom of the shoe, the sole itself, the bands on the side and taped accordingly.

Walmart hydro dip shoes

Clean up the edges of the shoe with a blade, cutting away at any tape that overlaps onto the surface of the fabric. This will give the shoe a neater look.

Hydro dipping shoes materials

Prep shoes with a primer

Put your shoe in a box and prep your shoes with a primer. This step is optional. I noticed afterward that the primer made my shoe more textured. However, a primer will guarantee that the paint will stick. After you have sprayed it, let it dry.

Hydro dipping shoes kit

Create the hydro dip

Right! Now it’s time for the moment we’ve all been waiting. Fill your bucket with water, not too deep, though. Next, spray your spray paint colors on the surface of the water. I used teal, purple, and bubblegum pink. I am going back and forth with the colors, creating an interesting design. Once satisfied, move on to the next step.

Easy hydro dip shoes

Dip your shoe

Wearing gloves, dip your shoe at a slight angle, and do so slowly. There’s no rushing, here. Once the shoe is completely submerged, dip your hand in the water and push away any of the excess paint.  

Lift your hydro dipped shoes

When you lift your shoe, take it out slowly. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other shoe.

Sunlight is the best way to dry your shoes. Leave them out to dry as they are soaking wet.

Peel the tape all around

Peel off the tape

Once the shoes are completely dry, peel off the tape and reveal your masterpiece! As you can see, the tape really worked well.

Add a protective layer

Spray a protective coat

You are not done, there’s one more step. You need to seal your shoes with a topcoat. Let it dry and do a second coat.

Funky hydro dipped shoes

There you have it- easy hydro dip shoes! These are unique and I can promise you that no one else in the world has this style or pattern. These shoes turned out great! I’d love to do more; it’s kind of addictive! How do you like them? What colors will you be hydro dipping?

Suggested materials:

  • White canvas shoes
  • Painter's tape
  • Blade
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