To Dye or not to Dye (wedding shoes) is that your question?

Posted on June 04, 2013 | 5 comments

This is where you are at, the wedding day is getting closer, you have the perfect dress, have sorted the bridesmaids and now you’ve found ‘THE SHOES’. They’re the right height, the right style, totally you, but are they the right colour?




The above pictures are from a real Trousseau Bride - Kate, her wedding to husband Gareth was all themed around the coloured shoes! Thanks to Unique Visions Photography for these images.

Whether this is the predicament you find yourself in when it comes to dressing yourself or the wedding party, or it’s the post wedding ‘I really want to wear these expensive shoes again’. You are definitely not alone, as this is a very common situation, and dyeing wedding shoes both pre and post wedding is a popular choice for many brides.

Those that venture into this shoe dyeing world, are usually in for a pleasant surprise – It’s not scary, you can get fantastic results, and best of all your shoes can be matched to the colour of your choice. However, there are some important things you need to be aware of when dying shoes whether it be for yourself, bridesmaids or the mother of the bride/groom, as it is not always plain sailing.

Beware of the do it yourself kits and YouTube demonstrations, we’ve heard far too many horror stories to even contemplate going down this track. The key is to find yourself a reputable shoe dyer, and discuss with them what you want to get out of the shoe dying process. The shoe dyer will usually ask to see a colour swatch of the fabric you want to match, and then let you know if the shoes you have are suitable. Not all shoes can be dyed to all colours. So make sure you do your research if dyeing shoes is part of the plan. Common problems that are encountered involve colour matching, especially to the Champagne/Taupe colour spectrum. Also only certain materials can be dyed, you are usually safe with silk or satin shoes, but if your shoes have a lot of detail, crystals, lace or ribbons, it’s advisable to seek advice before purchasing.

Above shoes have been colour matched for a bride to Tiffany Blue - We L.O.V.E 

At Trousseau, we use reputable Auckland shoe dyer Samantha Lindsay from Shoe Dyeing. She agrees “Dyeing your wedding shoes is a very intricate process. After 13 yrs in the business we have certainly learned the tricks of the trade and will always involve the bride, discussing with her how close we can match the desired colour and what we need to do to get it there”.

At the end of the day, deciding to dye a pair of wedding shoes does require you to invest a little time and effort into research, to ensure you can achieve your desired goal. But there seems to be an overwhelming thumbs up from those who have ‘gone there’ and seen the end result of the shoes working so well on the big day.



Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes LOVES everything bridal shoes! To find your perfect shoes, we encourage brides in Auckland to come into our Showroom at B2/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland, Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm and other times by appointment. For those brides around the country, visit our website and experience for yourself our attention to detail and excellent customer service. All information in this blog is original and the property of Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes.

NB - Scroll through our Facebook page to see MORE fun coloured shoes! And if you want guidance on dyeing your shoes, talk to us today.

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    Hi Jade, The Starry shoe is one they are selling out of. However if you do want it in a certain size, we can certainly try and see if there is any available to bring in for you. Thanks


    Hi Tia, We do not stock blue shoes ourselves. BUT we work really closely with Samantha from Shoe Dyeing and she dyes shoes from your fabric swatches. Please feel free to call or email us and we can put you in touch with her.

  • Tia

    Hi there…are u able to send or direct me to your variety of blue wedding shoes please … Thanks :-D

  • Jade Hodgson

    i was just wanting to enquire as to whether you still stocked the ‘STARRY’ shoe?

    Kind regards

  • Celia

    LOVING those wedding shots – What a fun idea!


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