Thursday, July 26, 2007

Shoe Dyeing Tips

Many brides will want their bridesmaids to have their shoes dyed to match their gowns (or maybe even their own). While there are some do-it-yourself kits on the market, we strongly recommend that you have a professional shoe dyer handle this process for you. Many large department stores have a shoe department that will offer this service as do most local shoe repair shops. The cost usually ranges from $5 - $15.

Here are a few tips to consider to ensure the best results:
  • Provide a swatch of material that is at least 1" x 1". Advise dyer which side of fabric color should be matched to. Be aware that colors may vary slightly due to fabric variations.
  • Shoes are normally dyed to inside light unless other specified, so please sure to indicate if shoes are for an outside wedding. Most shoes dyed to outside light will not match inside.
  • Have all shoes dyed at the same time to avoid variations in dye lots.
  • Shoe dyes (excluding manufacturer's "color-fast" dyes) are water soluble and will bleed or stain if exposed to moisture. Ask about waterproofing options.
Shoes purchased from one of our manufacturers can be dyed prior to shipping. Coloriffics offers an online color selector chart to pre-select your color without sending in a swatch. This comes in handy when you are pressed for time and need your shoes in a hurry. For the other manufacturers (including Coloriffics), you can send in a swatch for a more custom match. The turnaround time is generally 3-5 business days (plus shipping time).

During the month of July, we offered shoe dyeing services at no extra charge. Our customers were so pleased with this option that we will probably continue this for at least another month. Please call us for details if you are interested.

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