“I’m in the mood to help you, dude / You ain’t never had a friend like me.” – Aladdin
It is no secret that we love Disney in this house. I met Disney-lover Karina Arevalo while looking for custom Disney sneakers for my oldest before a trip to the house of Mouse. Arevalo is the artist and designer behind This Momma Doodles, which focuses on hand painted Disney-inspired sneakers.
“My most favorite shoe design is Ariel and Flounder because she is my favorite Disney Princess,” shared Arevalo. “However, my most popular design is Woody and Buzz. It is my best seller and it is so fun to recreate the design, even though not every pair of shoes is exactly the same. They are very unique and fun.” The doodling mom opened up shop in August 2018. “I was inspired by another one of my favorite shops, Litto Chic, and I collaborated with the shop to make a pair of shoes to match her release of Sally and Jack-inspired skirted leos,” she recalled. “I named my shop ‘This Momma Doodles’ because I have always liked to doodle and draw and also, I love Disney! So, I decided to hand paint shoes inspired some of our favorite characters.” I asked Arevalo to name her favorite Disney movie and she offered Aladdin, “but that may change now that Toy Story 4 was released.”
The This Momma Doodles canvas sneakers are fully functional, wearable works of art. Arevalo uses high-quality acrylic paints and seals each pair for long-lasting wear. “What makes This Momma Doodles unique is the time taken to hand paint each shoe,” she explained. “Aside from the designs I create, I love to make the shoe design as magical as possible for the customer. I personalize the shoes and add glow in the dark options, glitter and gems. The shoes each customer orders are one of a kind and no one will have the same pair. Even if I paint the same design ten times, it is always unique and different.” Her favorite part of the painting process is “adding the extra details, like a child’s name and gems to make the shoes dazzle.”
Arevalo freehand paints and decorates sneakers for Disney fans of all ages, both young and young at heart. “I usually find my inspiration from new Disney movie releases and most popular characters. I have had such high demand, I had to briefly close shop, but I have had to find a way to balance staying busy but remaining open for new orders.” She is also working on adding new items, like t-shirts and hats, to the This Momma Doodles shop soon. Put on your mouse ears and join the This Momma Doodles Facebook group here or follow the shop on Instagram here to see photos of previous designs and request your own custom pair before heading to the parks. Plus, use the code MAGIC10 to save on your next purchase. Thanks Karina!