I have been trying to figure out the best way to make the shoes worn by Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid2. The shoes are black with turquoise blue trim on the bottom.
For the costume, I bought some black slip-on shoes (sort of Converse style) with a white rubber trim on the bottom. I tried painting the rubber with craft paint and spraying it with fixative, but after just a couple hours of wear the paint would chip off significantly.
I also tried gluing some ribbon onto the shoes with glue recommended for rubber, but again, after walking around the ribbon started coming off, in spite of the fact that the glue was really really sticky.
Has anyone had any success with painting rubber? Should I get a base coat or something that will stick to it? Or does anyone have any other suggestions I could try?
Here is a reference picture of Miku: http://www.wired.com/images/article/.../st_jsgw_f.jpg