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Associate editor Marisa Tom also started with a yellow base and added her initials with colorful Sharpie markers on the side of each shoe.

Our Tips For Decorating:

  • Keep a mason jar filled with water at the ready. We found that diluting our paint colors just a little helped the application process. By watering down the vibrancy, you can manipulate the color scheme to your liking. This is particularly useful if you're going for a tie-dye or ombre effect.
  • Thicker brushes are way easier to work with — trust us.
  • There's really no such thing as messing up here. Improvisation (and embracing it) made this project super fun and inspired a bright, unexpected outcome, which we loved.
  • Make sure to keep the "stuffing" of the shoe in place while you paint and as the shoe dries. This way, your shoe will keep its signature TOMS shape.