Wednesday, January 17, 2007


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).

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.


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 Thanks in advance,


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 said...

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.


6:29 PM  

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