How to Make New Boots Look Vintage


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 They’re BA-A-CK!

If you go shoe shopping right now, you will see boots.

I mean lots of BOOTS.

Mom’s are buying boots for the kids, Grandma’s are buying boots for the kids, Grandma is buying boots for Grandma…

boots are amazing.

They are comfortable, warm, look fantastic, and if you go in clearance any time of the year it seems,

there are plenty to find at an affordable price.

I’m not into the $179 boots.

I like the $20…or $40 ones.

How to Make New Boots Look Vintage


I was in Marshall’s last year, and I came across these cool boots on the clearance rack.

I loved the style.

I pictured myself walking down 5th Ave. like Jennifer Anniston does with her coffee in hand.

I would look COOL in these boots, man!

One problem.

The color was really weird.

Somehow, I looked passed the shiny green, brown, grey color and got them.

They were only $20 and very cozy and comfortable.

Tutorial on how to make boot look vintage.

 So, they sat in my closet and I never wore them.

Every time I tried them on they never looked quite right.

Almost like plastic boots!

They needed something…


How to Make New Boots Look Vintage



I took them down in my basement, and sanded the booty off of them.

I mean I really sanded them good.

They were already looking better, but I decided to take it a step further.

I removed the laces and spray painted the entire boot with black spray paint.

All I had to do was tape off the top so it didn’t get in the shoe.

I only did one coat.

After they dried, I sanded them again, but not as much.

(any grit sandpaper will due)

Tutorial on how to make boot look vintage.

 They turned out fabulous.

My only problem, is that my youngest daughter wants them.

How could I resist.

They are all yours, Val!

Valerie Rebel

 Happy boot season.

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17 Responses

  1. Aww, what a nice Mom!! I never would have thought to do that Julie, you are a genius! They look awesome…now. 🙂

  2. Cara says:

    What a fantastic idea! My 13 year old wants a pair of those boots, might have to check them out!

  3. Looking good, Julie! I can’t believe you let your daughter have them but that is probably because I have boys. LOL Pinned!

  4. Amy says:

    Love Love LOve them!!!!!

  5. Tonya Dull says:

    I just bought a “new” pair from the Goodwill. They are shiny navy blue- plastic looking. I was thinking I would scuff them up and use my husband’s black shoe polish. That was months ago, they are still just sitting there. Any thoughts?

    • Julie says:

      I tried shoe polish too. I liked how the spray paint worked better. Just a little spray does wonders. Do it outside if you do!

  6. Brigid says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to my favorite thrift shop tomorrow.


    P.S. You’re a good Mom to give them to your daughter.

  7. Amber says:

    What kind of paint did you use? I have these cheap slip on snow boots that were white.. and I wanted to paint them black. they’re so comfy – but hideous lol. Just wondering what paint would work best on them


  8. Jenna says:

    Hey! I just discovered this post via Pinterest and I’m glad to see it’s been a while since the boots were done. How does the spray paint hold up over time? I have some boots I want to try this with but I’m worried about the paint chipping off in weird ways.

  9. Lindsay says:

    Out of curiosity, how well have these held up? I did something similar with a pair of boots, using black shoe dye/polish- but I’ve had to redo them a couple of times over the last 2 years. Was curious if your method wore better. Thanks!

  10. Teddee Grace says:

    Any grit sandpaper will do…and do it did! These look great.

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