Wednesday, January 17, 2007

before:

i love these shoes, they were $16 on sale at the columbia road payless and having worn them four or five times, i really feel like i got more than my money's worth. they're white (and a little scuffed) and they're kind of memorable, so i felt like it might be a good idea to try to change them up a bit. and having paid so little for them, it wouldn't be a tragedy if i seriously messed them up. i decided to try for a high-heeled version of a saddle shoe. i used a dark charcoal acrylic paint i already had and an on-the-small-side paintbrush (small enough to slide under the scalloped overlaps of the 'leather'), painted two coats on, then finished it with a coat of glossy sealant (mainly so the paint wouldn't crack and flake off, and also because the acrylic ended up drying very matte).
after:

i'm really happy with the outcome, though honestly i think they look less like saddle shoes and more like brogues - i'm considering either filling in the section of white 'trim' that runs between the two painted parts with the charcoal color (to make them more saddle-y), OR painting everything that's still white a light brown and calling them spectators. sike i'm TOTALLY doing that when i get home tonight - haha consider these still a work in progress; i'll post the REAL 'after' picture when the paint has dried.

6 Comments:

Blogger Golden Silence said...

Wow...good job! Looks like something you'd see on a runway.

1:44 PM  
Blogger LJ said...

Love the shoes... very cool and impressive!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Corgana said...

Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. My girlfriend LOVES the white "koincidence" shoes, like the ones you found, but I can't find a store with any in stock to even get the lot #! Only a few stores in my area have the black version.

Is it possible, inside the shoe, or on a receipt that you could find the payless lot number for them? I will be eternally grateful if you can. (Please email me at corgana@gmail.com) Thanks in advance,

-Justin

2:17 PM  
Blogger S. said...

Wow, obviously you are very careful, great job!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Candid Cool said...

your shoe painting skills are superior

6:11 PM  
Blogger frankluver13@hotmail.com said...

hi!
i'm also trying to find a lot number for these shoes... i'd be soo grateful if you could find that lot # inside the shoe for me, because then i could find them! thanks.

~megan
frankluver13@hotmail.com

6:29 PM  

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