The stitching took maybe...5 hours..including the time I spent RPing and chatting to people online while I was doing it. Just like the hat the [R] symbols were stitched on by hand and then I stitched the cloth onto the shoes. Why? Because there use to be evil purple logos on the shoes that I had to initially pick off (these shoes were given to me by my mum and I thought PERFECT. They're mostly white) when I finished picking them off there were annoying little thread holes so I used white fabric to stitch the [R] on and then stitched the white fabric onto the watchamacallit of the shoe. Covered up the holes and didn't look too bad.
And as for the shoe being almost white...as you can see they are white now..I painted the purple tags and painted over the black plastic strips so the shoes are ALL white. Mwahah! I'm done...now I need to start on the sweats.