Not too long ago Disney from Ruffles and Stuff did this fabulous shoe refashion. While I have painted my shoes before, I hadn't thought of what she did and I happened to have a really similiar pair of shoes to try it out on. Here's Disney's before shot.
Here is her after. I thought it was super smart and chic.
While I ended up doing something different, I still credit Disney with the idea because I never would have thought of refashioning these shoes. I've had them for years, but I didn't really like them any more and I might have sent them on their way. Here's my before.
Here's my after.
I'll give you a quick run-down on what I did in case you want to do some similiar shoe surgery. First I removed the bow-loop-thingy. (Yes, that is what it's called. Surprised you didn't know that.) It was really on there! I had to lift it up and saw off the glue with a knife, but I won.
Then I made some loops with grograin ribbon and hot glue.
I glued five loops in a row (overlapping a bit) about an inch from the top. (This picture shows three loops, but I ended up adding more.)
When I made loops for the top row I left a bit of ribbon at the top so I could fold the ribbon over into the shoe.
I glued them onto the shoe and glued them where I folded them in.
They didn't feel totally done, so I bought these in the jewelry department at Hobby Lobby. They were 50% off and I liked them.
I glued three to the top as shown. You could always embellish with buttons or flowers.
And now I'm much happier sliding my feet into these.
I would have loved to have shown a picture of them being worn, but it just wasn't going to happen. Yeah, one of those days. Imagine though, that there's a really cute picture of me with funky tights and a gorgeous kelly green dress with black piping and I'm walking down a busy street in New York. (Okay, so I don't have a dress like that and I live in Utah, but a girl can dream, right?)
You can check out Disney's fun tutorial HERE. Thanks for reading my blog. Have a great weekend!