Tuesday, July 31, 2012

One, Two, A Shoe Redo~*

See what I did with the post title there?  *Giggle-snort*


I got this pair of flatforms on sale {great deal-- gojane.com -- best shoe place ever}.  I bought them because I liked the general shape & the price was incredible {under $15.00, I mean, come on}.  The glitter, however...so not me.

I had intended to cover the wedge/flatform part of the shoe with spray glue & fabric a la some DIYs I had seen on a couple of other blogs-- but then I had a change of heart.  I had gotten the beige colored upper instead of the other colors offered because it was a neutral.  Adding patterned fabric would sort of defeat the neutral purpose-- even if it was in a beige-y color palette.  After a little thought, I decided to go with paint {sealed with mod podge} & a lace embellishment-- simple & versatile.

It took 4 or 5 coats of raw umber to cover the wedge.  I really worked the paint in to assure maximum coverage, & let it dry an hour between coats.  Nothing tricky or fancy, it just took time~* 

The finished product had a corky feel to it, which I liked.  Two coats of Mod Podge matte to seal & these babies are foot ready.

Now for the lace.  I used a basic spool trim lace, hot glue to get it started & heavy duty glue to finish.  I started the lace at the instep portion of the shoe {the part of shoe that curves between your toes & ankle}.  Its a good, hidden location.  I put a dot of hot glue to get it started, then laid down a heavy bead of transparent heavy-duty glue, pressed in the lace with the handle of my brush, & worked my way around the shoe.  I then used the brush to add glue on the edges of the lace, eliminating any loose flaps that could catch on things.

The brush, sadly, did not survive the glue....another casualty of crafting.
To finish, I simply folded a tiny edge over to prevent fraying & overlapped the starting point just a bit.  Extra heavy amount of glue here, for obvious reasons.

Cute eh?

I had intended to do a fashion post {I've gotten some great things from local & online shops & two gorgeous necklaces I'm dying to show off}...but that was before I got hi-vee from the i-vee {I'm on a roll today}.  Figured my current splotchy state wouldn't do the clothes or shoes justice, so you'll just have to wait {I know, its hard lol *scratches ferociously* but trust me, its worth it...not to see me in the shoes, but to not see me itchy}

Aren't redos the best?