Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vintage Shoe Redo Deux

I'm on a shoe kick lately {lol...shoe kick...get it?}.

A few months back I got a pair of vintage shoes from Moonchild Vintage.  They are a late 70's knock off of Famolares, which were all the rage when I was an impressionable preteen.
Here are the real deals...

One of the great things about being a vintage junkie, is that it affords me the opportunity to hunt down styles that I thought were beyond groovy, but was too young to wear at the time they were fashionable.
Sadly, I have yet to find Famolares in my size {9}.  I did, however, find some Yo Yos.  They are almost, but not quite, a little like Famolares...

I thought I'd do this post on how I deal with vintage shoes as a general rule, using my Yo Yos as an example.  Now Toni at Moonchild always cleans & preps what she sells, so they arrived clean & lovely.  If they hadn't, I'd start by giving 'em a good clean with leather cleaner & polish/patch if necessary.
Next,  I remove the insert.  After all, they are generally worse for wear, & a bit gross in principle if not in fact.  The Yo Yos were in good shape for vintage, but they had lost their cushioning & were curling on the edges.

I took off the laces too, for reasons which will be self explanatory in a tic.  I then replaced the inserts with inexpensive generic non-gellin' pads.  I used the originals as a guide to cut the new pads down to size, then slipped them in, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy~*
I wanted to replace the laces with ribbon of the same color.  I used the original lace as a guide to cut the ribbon, making sure to cut the ribbon about an inch longer than the laces.

I just love old leather..so buttery soft....sigh...


I laced up the shoe with the ribbon, then trimmed the end pieces-- they will fray a bit when you jam them in the holes, which is why I left the ribbon a bit longer to allow for trimming after lacing.  Here's a handy trick:  use a bit of Mod Podge or white glue on the ends of the ribbon to slow fraying {they will fray a bit over time regardless-- but the cool thing about using ribbon for laces is that it is cheap & easy to replace &/or to change to match an outfit *giggle*}.

And that's all there is to it!  As good, no, better than new!

I adore them, & am looking forward to school starting so I can show 'em off.  That's not the only reason I'm looking forward to getting back to work, but, you know, it does factor in~*

Now its time to go finish cleaning up the basement.  We had a flash flood out this-a-way the other day-- fortunately for us, we did a major clean up of the basement earlier in the summer {our dumpster days}, so nothing valuable was damaged.  Also fortunately, we were able to sweep all the water out the door & it was mostly dry by Monday afternoon.  Today I'm just going to do a little mold prevention.
We were very lucky-- there were several people in our area that suffered major property damage...

Thing 2 jumping in the water in the basement...
The Things were out of school yesterday & are again today because the county school buses were damaged in the rain.  The schools not on a year-round schedule like the Things' were scheduled to start this week, but that has been delayed as well.  & to make it more exciting, they are calling for more rain.

Send dry thoughts~*


  1. Oh NO on the basement flooding! But your little shoe redo came out cute.

    1. It could have been much worse...besides, the kids always wanted a swimming pool lol

  2. Holy water! That's a bummer but your shoes look fantastic.

  3. Awesome DIY! I love it!


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    1. Me too! Such an easy way to dress up shoes!

  5. Such a great idea! Love ribbons on leather shoes.

    Also, send some of that rain our way! We are in the middle of a terrible drought and could use it. We'll send you dry thoughts if you send us wet ones!

  6. Woah they look so awesome! So much better than before too! Love themmmm! :)

  7. Oh wow!

    This was a genius post.

    You made it look So easy!!

    I love your blog girl!


  8. I love what you did with the vintage shoes! I perfect update and now they're wearable. Way to go.

  9. Great DIY! Such a nice idea!



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