Did you know that it's apparently extremely easy to dye shoes?
Take, for example, this sad knockoff pair of Keds (in this case, $5 kids ones from H&M):
All you need to add is some Rit dye(Lara went with fuscia), a plastic bucket, some hot water, rubber gloves, and some kind of stirring implement that you can throw away immediately after.
The result? A deliciously bright pair of happy spring kicks fit for the effervescent 3rd grader in your life:
I love that the nylon thread didn't pick up any of the color - it really makes for a great contrast on the seams.