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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Painted Shoes with Glitter Toe Caps

Every spring it seems that I get frustrated with my crowded closets, and lack of things to wear.  I sort through my clothes, and threaten to donate or throw them out; but they sit in a box in my hallway, until the day that I decide that I can't part with them if I can't replace them.

I've had these ridiculous floral shoes for about four years.  I've maybe worn them once or twice.  I picked them up for a dollar at JCPenney, and immediately regretted the purchase. Because not every deal is a good deal.

They sat in the donate box for a week, before inspiration struck and I decided to give them a face lift.  I pulled out a couple of bottles of fabric paint, and mixed together a bright watermelon color.  They are a bit bold, and I'm just now trying to wrap my mind around wearing neons for a second time.  I used to layer my electric green, and hot pink socks, only to cuff them and expose the first layer (anyone else?).

Anyway, back to the shoes. After a couple of layers of paint they were still asking for a little something more.  I decided to join the glitter shoes band wagon, and add a glitter toe cap.  I first painted on a thin layer of mod podge, and then glittered like crazy.  Doing it this way created a nice solid glitter base.  After the first layer had dried, I mixed some mod podge with the glitter, and added two top coats to seal in all the glitter goodness.

As you can see I ditched the little shoe ties.  They were unnecessary and distracting.  I now have a bit of a funky toe, but I can deal with it. The glitter and neon are a bit bold for my wardrobe, but I am liking the neutral+neon trend.  The golden glitter might not be neutral, but leans that way.

There you have it, my first shoe refashion...more of that to come.


Emily said...

Nice shoes! Yes, I did that thing with my socks and am still figuring out how neon is popular again (not the pinks but the yellows). Anyway, I feel the same way about my closet and I like your new shoes. :)

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello from sunny Spain.
I'm a new follower on your blog. Great post about the shoes make over ,its given me some food for thought and wondering dare I try.

As for the sewing I trying to make up my mind about buying a sewing machine, a nice easy one for a beginner,to start sewing again...again that's a laugh last time I used a sewing machine was at school and that was a few light years ago!

Amanda :-)

at Crafty in the Med