I recently tried something a little bit new for me - shoe recons! I love looking at some of the zany things people do with their shoes. I knew I would have to start small, and start with a pair of shoes I wasn't crazy about, so I hunted through my closet and found this pair of super-boring black low heels that I bought to wear at conferences to work:
They're really comfortable but I hate the way they look. They are. So. Boring.
After the jump I give a step-by-step photo tutorial of how I turned these from my most boring shoes to my favorite shoes!
The first thing I knew I needed to do was create an easy, straight-lined "stencil" for my shoes. I didn't have any masking tape, so I held my breath, crossed my fingers, and applied some duct tape so that the bottom edge of it lined up with where I wanted my color blocking to begin:
Then I got some gray acrylic paint I had leftover from another project:
And applied the paint right on those bitches!
Then I applied more duct tape in a straight vertical line towards the back of the shoe:
And I painted those bitches too!
I was super worried about the streaks my paintbrush was leaving on the shoes. If this paint dried all streaky, I was going to have to do something else, and since I was already pretty committed to this idea, that was just plain not going to work.
Much to my pleasant surprise...
It turned out great! Nice and smooth:
I let it dry and painted another coat on all painted sections.
Then I carefully, slowly removed the duct tape...
And they turned out great!
The duct tape wasn't great for giving a perfectly straight line. I had some oozing of paint underneath the edge of the tape, and that was not the look I was going for. So I improvised.
I pulled out some black waxed cotton cord I had in my jewelry-making stash and superglued it onto the edge. It took three rows of cord to entirely cover the messy paint line:
But I only did one on the back since most likely nobody is going to be carefully examining the side of my shoe:
I really liked this effect! The cord looked exactly like the black leather of the shoe, and it added a very professionally-finished look to it:
Unfortunately my first use of this superglue (which was a new bottle and brand for me) ended up with a rather disastrous mistake:
But no worries...I used a Q-tip to cover up those spots carefully:
And they looked fine. :)
Here was the finished product!
Note: I did go back and add a coat or two of Mod Podge a few days later. I was really super nervous about wearing them out without some sort of protective coating.
I am so super thrilled with these shoes! They went from blah to adorable and I can't wait to wear them! Fortunately I am going to be in the office for work all next week, so I now have some awesome-looking professional-ass shoes to wear. So happy!!!
This was the easiest recon ever - even my terrible mistakes turned out fine! I strongly recommend this project to you. You can choose any color you want - red, or white, or sparkly silver, or gold, or or or... :)
Love to all! More shoes to come...