Cheap custom kicks for us folks who cant buy $2000 Dolce & Gabbana's
I know that Cut Out And Keep is usually centered around showing you how to make things others have already made, but this is a tutorial to make YOUR OWN, ONE OF A KIND pair of shoes, not to perfectly recreate the shoes I have made. I encourage TONS of creativity on this project and ask that you find room for improvement and don't copy my design exactly, as I feel the point of this project should be focused on customization and originality. :]
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After you find a pair of shoes to revamp, decide what style you want to go for. The more incredibly overpriced the better. I based my design around a simple wedge ankle boot, but I encourage you to make your dream shoes. Thigh high, knee high, pumps, flats, ANYTHING.
(Dont expect your shoes to come out looking like designer gold, just use this as a basic frame for your shoes shape.)
I wanted to keep my original shoe in good shape, so I wrapped the entire thing in a few coats of plastic wrap. Otherwise just start wrapping the shoe in duct tape so you can create a solid foundation.
(I used foam to fill in the gap between the heel and the shoe because I wanted a wedge.)
Since our shoes don't stand a chance against their designer counterparts, lets give them some homemade charm.
Now that you feel like you've wasted a solid hour of your day making these shoes, you get to have some fun. Dig through your art supplies and come up with a theme. Lace around the cuff, buttons down the side, paint them, glitter them, bejewel them, stud them.
(I printed out a design and made a simple stencil and added fabric buttons along the flap.)
Depending on the style of your new shoes, your going to need to find a way to hold them in place. This is where you'll need snaps, buttons, velcro, elastic, laces, or a zipper. Since the majority of the shoe is made of tape, its rather hard to sew through (but not impossible), making the glue gun a viable option for securing the fastener. If you want to go with a laced up look, ribbon can be strung through the boot by either stabbing holes (with a screw driver, or crochet needle) or sewn with an embroidery needle.
If your shoe is open (like a flat, or peep-toe heel) you can skip this step, but for lengthier styles, like a thigh high, this is very necessary.
(Mine had overlapping flaps across the top, so I sewed short pieces of elastic on the interior fabric of the shoe to keep them closed.)
If you haven't already, try your shoes on. Mine were a little lumpy on the inside (since the original shoe was lower than the new one) so I sewed a thin later of foam padding along the interior. (An old sock can also be used.)
If your boots feel sticky on the inside from the tape, a pair of knee high socks can serve as a liner.
(Also, my kitten awkwardly in the background.)