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Are you ready to walk the walk and talk the talk when it comes to sustainable fashion? Let’s face it, the fashion industry can be a bit of a footprint monster, and not in the eco-friendly, leave-no-trace way we’d hope for, but fear not, fellow fashionistas and eco-warriors! There’s a treasure trove of possibilities waiting for you a your local Goodwill NCW store. Today, we’re diving feet-first into the world of shoe makeovers! 

Fact: Did you know that traditional shoe manufacturing can leave quite an environmental footprint? From the carbon emissions of production to the synthetic materials that take years to decompose, the lifecycle of a typical shoe can put a dent in our planet’s sole-arity. But fear not, because there’s a chic solution just waiting to be discovered! 

Enter the art of giving your shoes a second chance at life. It’s time to unleash your creativity and transform those tired old kicks into runway-worthy masterpieces. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY diva or just dipping your toes into the world of crafting, there’s a makeover method that’s perfect for you. 


First up, let’s talk about dying. Who says your shoes must be stuck in neutral? With a simple dye job, you can breathe new life into those faded kicks and unleash a pop of color that’s uniquely you. From vibrant blues to ravishing reds and everything in between, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. 

Dyes to be used in your shoe makeover


My favorite dyes- they can be purchased at any craft store. Be sure to know your fabric content 🙂

Ballet shoe makeover with sewed-in flower beads, pearls, and a thrifted watch, plus a pierced brooch.


Ballet shoes with sewed-in flower beads, pearls, and a thrifted watch, plus a pierced brooch.


But why stop at color when you can add a touch of texture? That’s where piercing comes in. With just a few strategically placed studs or grommets, you can take your shoes from basic to statement pieces in no time flat. Channel your inner punk rocker and let your shoes do the talking! 

Of course, no DIY shoe makeover would be complete without a little Shoe Goo magic. Got a pair of kicks that have seen better days? Don’t toss them out just yet! With a dab of Shoe Goo here and a pinch of creativity there, you can turn those broken soles into works of art that are as durable as they are stylish. I have used this glue many times and it is a total lifesaver! 


Let’s not forget about the little details that can make a big impact. Swap out those tired old laces for something bold and eye-catching. From cute ribbon to a bold pop of color, the right laces can take your shoe game to new heights. 

Shoe makeover - sneakers with replaced laces using black ribbon!


I thrifted these sneakers and replaced the laces with black ribbon!

Feeling a bit stumped? Take a cue from the catwalk and draw inspiration from the latest trends. Whether it’s a daring design from Mugler or a speculative shoot straight from the runway, there’s no shortage of ideas waiting to be unleashed. Search through Pinterest using keywords with adjectives that describe your idea to find your dream shoe.

So, there you have it, fashionistas, and eco-warriors alike. The next time you’re feeling the urge to refresh your footwear collection, skip the fast fashion frenzy and head straight to your local Goodwill NCW. With a little imagination and a lot of creativity, you can give your shoes a second chance at life while reducing your fashion footprint one step at a time.

Get ready to strut your stuff and show the world what sustainable style is all about. The possibilities are endless, and the runway is waiting. Are you ready to step up your shoe game? Let’s do this!

About Lizzy Averbeck: A local thrifting fashionista. Lizzy works in high fashion and loves to incorporate vintage with everything that she does. When she is not thrifting, she can be found sewing, hanging out with her pitbull, Chloe, and trying out new foods at fun restaurants with loved ones giggling the night away! Follow Lizzy for her fashion filled thrifting tips!

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