February 28th, 2012
Since I’m moving and all, I have been in crazy get-rid-of-everything-I-don’t-use mode, which has been very liberating at times but sometimes panicky when I realize a craft I want to do and I had the perfect item to do it with but wait…”where is that item?! oh, in one of those 7 huge trash bags that I brought to Goodwill!” Then instead of giving up on the craft I go out and buy something similar that I just gave away to satisfy my DIY side. This is NOT one of those instances. I stopped just shy of throwing these Mary Janes out and thought and thought about what I could do to make them wearable in my wardrobe again. For some reason I have lost taste in the Mary Jane look but I love the heels on these. So an update came to me….somehow adhere leather over the straps, use brown to break up the dark mundane black and use a skewed version of the, oh, so popular geometric shape of the moment, the triangle! So that I did and this is how it came out…
1. cut leather into desired shape and length after measuring completely over strap and leaving enough room for it to reach your velcro on your buckle side. 2. glue leather onto strap starting at the tip ending just at the strap holes. (use a strong bonding glue so it doesn’t fall off in the middle of your work meeting and your are embarrassed bc your leather DIY strap is tripping you up bc you decided to go cheap-o on the glue-o.) after letting your strap dry, you then need to glue the velcro onto the shoe and leather after matching them up while the shoe is on your foot and strapped up so you can see at which angle your velcro so be adhered. After letting it completely dry get prepared to… 3. wear!
Now, you may be thinking that these will probably get worn less in it’s updated state than it had in it’s original form. And you may be right just for the fact that I am moving to a city where heels like these are pretty much impractical unless I plan on carrying a massive tote to lug them in not putting them on until I reach my fabulous destination or plan on striking it rich to be chaffered around the Big Apple similar to Chuck, but that is the ONLY reason. I absolutely love their weird, outspoken, new form and I hope you do also!!
Dreaming of NYC events to wear these to,