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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Create Your Own Designer Shoes

I got this in an email and I thought it was pretty interesting. It is about how to create our own designer shoes. I am crafty and do lots of painting and stenciling so I might just try this. At least if we mess up with a pair of inexpensive cloth shoes, that is not the same as trying to doctor up a pair of Jimmy choos!

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We've all seen them in the most expensive shoe stores. We've marveled at them in magazines and on TV. They're the ultimate, status-y fashion item, yearned for (and paid for) by those gorgeous young women on TV whose complex social lives always seem to involve fabulous shoes designed just for their pedicured feet. Well, what if you could fake those designer shoes for less than $25?

Start at the least expensive shoe store in your local mall. Choose a pair of plain, solid- color fabric evening shoes. Get 'em pointy, strappy ... whatever you like. Buy on sale if you can. Just be sure you can toddle around in them, at least for an evening.

Here's what else you'll need in the way of materials:

  • One pair of inexpensive fabric shoes
  • No. 2 round paintbrush
  • One color of acrylic paint (from the craft store)
  • Blue pencil (craft store)
  • 2 small vintage buttons or millenary flowers
  • Needle and thread
  • Soft velvet for bows
  • Pinking shears


1. Use the blue pencil to mark the position of the dots on shoes.

2. Using the round No. 2 paintbrush, delicately paint on the polka dots. The secret is to keep the same distance between your images. They shouldn't be too close or too far apart,

3. Cut two 1-inch-wide strips of soft velvet with pinking shears. Tie into two bows.

4. Attach a button to the center of each bow with the needle and thread, then sew bow securely to the shoe.

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe!
~~Aileen Mehle~~

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