So I bought these shoes at my local Urban Outfitters, where they were on sale for 20 dollars, cheaper than the online sale price 0f $28, for some reason.
If I could make shoes myself I would. But I can't, so the least i can do is buy a simple pair and spiff them up.
These are made of wool, so I'll be able to affix appliques (probably felt) on them with needle and thread. They could also be embroidered or beaded, but I don't have the patience or time for that right now.
The best part is, it will be removable and changeable so I can update them at will.
I probably won't get around to this till the new year, but thought I'd pass along the idea.