Sunday, June 14, 2015

...batty shoe DIY from flip-flops to Dr. Martens Bessie sandals...


Please ignore the chipped toenail polish!

This weekend has been one of transforming shoes. First, I wanted to make some bat bows and add them to some black flip-flops. I’ve included a picture with my supplies but I’m not very good at a step-by-step progress because I sort of just wing it. Bwa ha ha… pun intended! Get it! Get it! Um, *clears throat* moving on.

I bought some fabric glue but honestly I really didn’t need to use it. I ended out cutting felt into some batwing-shaped designs. I didn’t have a pattern. And this was my third design with the first two just looking a bit too ordinary-bow-like for me. I hand stitched the bows together and then stitched them onto the flip-flops. I personally love Columbia flip-flops because they have a bit more support than regular ol’ beach flip-flops and they have a running shoe type sole.



Transformed Dr. Martens Bessie sandals
The second item on my shoe transformation list was a pair of “gladiator-inspired” Dr. Martens Bessie sandals that I purchased last fall. I was hoping for a sale since the original price at $180ish; I waited too long and missed my size in black. Instead for under $50 I could buy the Oxblood which I thought would be a bit more red but looked much more brown…sigh. I planned to do a little DIY magic but it’s taken me this long to get my act together.

I ordered Angelus leather preparer/deglazer, leather paints in Passion Purple and black, and high gloss acrylic finisher from Dharma Trading Co. On their site they have a how-to video for preparing the shoes. I watched it and then gave it a go. I wasn’t so sure about adding the bat stamps because it wasn’t easy to stamp the shoes evenly. But after adding the acrylic finisher, I was pretty pleased.
 

21 comments:

  1. Both shoes are gorgeous! I am definitely going to follow your bat DIY ideas if ever I get flipflops. It has been so cold here in Finland I wore my winter boots last week! :O

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    1. Thanks!

      It was almost 100 here yesterday. I wish the weather were a bit more moderate. Consistantly cold doesn't sound too good but maybe a day or two of a chill might be nice.

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  2. Cute! :D I love the bat bows.

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    1. Your blog inspires me while simultaneously acting as a reminder to stop fussing and do something about it :) Thanks for that.

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    2. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that! Sharing and inspiration are the goals of the blog. :D

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  3. You have inspired me again! I have a pair of linen zip-up wedge shoes that I got at Target on clearance for practically nothing. Love the shoes, but discovered that the linen color isn't my favorite (and I don't really have anything to wear them with.) With the motivation that this post provides, I think I will break out my paints and see what I can do to these shoes. They're cloth, so no specialized leather supplies are necessary (I hope). I'll let ya know how it turns out.

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    1. Cool! Linen should be somewhat easy to paint! Can't wait to see the new versions :D

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  4. I really like the purple sandals. I am looking for new sandals as well, still don't know which kind I want to choose.

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    1. I've had success with Fly London but I am brutal on sandals with my commute. After a year or so, my soles are shot.

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  5. Who knew there was such a thing as leather paint? I generally just dye my shoes or boots plain black, but this information offers up so many possibilities. Thanks for that useful info! **runs to closet to see what shoes could use a makeover** ;)

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    1. I intentional left out the first step of me spray painting them last year and how the paint immediately cracked... ah, the fun part of DIY is trial and error :p

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  6. Great updates to otherwise mundane shoes! Well, the fushia ones weren't exactly mundane, but they're wonderful now! :-) I've been itching to fiddle with some of mine, sounds like a now is a good time to do it.

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    1. Do it! Let me know how it turns out.

      The flip-flops are really just garden/quick errands shoes but I needed to do something to them and I've been wanting to make the bat bows I always see on Pinterest or Etsy.

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  7. I also thank you for the leather paint info, I had no idea it existed. I have a ridiculous number of boots. I wonder if I could pinstripe a pair, or wrap some tentacles....I see a craft day coming!

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    1. Okay that sounds amazing! I'm not sure I could be that crafty at freehand tentacles but I can't wait to see your attempt!

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  8. Amazing work! They are both wonderful but that second pair!!!!! Oh wowwwww!

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    1. Thanks. I think they turned out pretty snazzy :)

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  9. Oh my! All these shoes are fabulous, well done!

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  10. Your shoes are amazing! I never dared to make any changes to shoes but you make me think I could do it!

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