I looked through my fabric stash before choosing this blue jean-like fabric that I picked up at a yard sale. Part of the reason why I wanted to update the shoes was that I never wore the original royal blue color, so I wasn't sure I'd like them in just a lighter shade of the same color. But I actually love them now. They're light enough to contrast with my darker jeans and work pants, and the texture makes them feel a little more casual, which I also really like. Also, I added a little more fabric to cover the toe portion. I'm not a huge fan of - for lack of a better explanation - the toe cracks showing. :) And I think the added fabric looks much nicer.
I decided to bring the toe fabric back at an angle rather than straight down, and I kept the mint green on the sole from my botched spray painting; I was pleasantly surprised by the added color there.