Painted-Sole Bridesmaids Heels

Even inexpensive neutral-toned pumps can channel a brighter color in your wedding palette so your friends will look great coming—and going. To achieve the personalized touch, we used gouache, a highly pigmented opaque paint that dries to a matte finish.

Photo: Bryan Gardner


  • Shoes with a smooth sole
  • Patterning tape
  • Artist gouache
  • Nylon utility brush
  • Sealant


  1. Tape off edges of sole with patterning tape.
  2. Apply a thin, even layer of gouache to the sole, using the brush. Follow with more coats as needed, letting the paint dry between each application.
  3. Once dried completely, apply sealant with a clean brush to keep the color from running or streaking. Remember, stepping out in shoes with pink (or blue!) soles should make a lasting impact on your guests-but not on your venue's floors.


Asos "Proposition" high heels, $79, Martha Stewart Crafts patterning tape, $7, large brush set, $15, and découpage durable gloss finish, $9.99, Holbein Acryla Gouache watercolor paint in magenta, $5.25,

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