How to Dye Pointe Shoes
I want to dye my pointe shoes to match my new red tutu, but I'm scared! Will the dye make my pointe shoes go soft? What kind of dye do I use? Help!
You do have to be careful when dying your pointe shoes, because if you get your shoes too wet, they will go soft and/or go out of shape. Whatever method you choose, use as little water as possible.
My first advice is - find out what the rest of the class is doing. If you're dancing in a troupe, the most important thing is that all the shoes turn out the same. If you all buy a different make or type of red dye, you may all end up with different shades of red - and your teacher won't like that at all!
This video is a great tutorial on how to dye pointe shoes safely using silk dye:
The next video shows three different methods using dye or marker pen:
Some tips to watch:
- It's always a good idea to test the dye out first on an old pair
- If you need to dye your pointe shoes black, you can by-pass a lot of complications by just using a black marker pen, as in the second clip - if you can put up with the smell!
- It's best to leave your ribbons undyed - if they match your tights rather than your shoes, it will make your ankles look slimmer and your legs longer. Also, the dye can come off the ribbons on to your tights and ruin them.
- If you must have matching ribbons, try to buy new ones in the right colour - dyed ribbons can go stiff and nasty!