I was inspired by these nude flats
from Ann Taylor I saw the other day. I've been looking for neutral flats for an upcoming trip to NYC, but most nude flats are so boring, they make me want to fall asleep. I loved the pop of color on the AT shoes, but I wasn't feeling spending over $100 on something that trendy.
I remembered Love Maegan did a tutorial
on adding a pop of neon to shoes using nail polish, so I decided to see if I could use that same concept to spice up a cheap pair of flats.
Materials: Nude flats from Target, $15. I found these and decided they'd be perfect for experimenting. Note, they run a full size small. I used Sally Hansen Xtreme wear nail polish, around $3 each. Tape for nice clean lines, although I switched to scotch after I took this picture. Also, make sure you have a tasty snack.
Step 1: tape a straight line down the toes. I actually think I didn't get my toes quite even, but it's close enough. Tape around the edges of the soles too so you can paint kind of messily. Make sure you get plenty of polish on your brush each time. It dries pretty fast, so I tried to move quickly and make sure to put a lot on so it was smooth. I did two coats on the toes.
Step 2: choose a complimentary color for the back and tape along the seams. Paint them just as you did the front. I went ahead and painted around the top seam too to make it look more natural.
Voila! After the polish has dried, peel off the tape and get ready for a pop of color for the weekend! I wore mine by the pool with colorful shorts. These are so much more fun than boring nude flats, I love them! I'm thinking about doing a yellow and green pair now. Time will tell if the polish chips, but the fabric of the shoes really seemed to soak it up well and they made it through the day with no problems!