So a couple of years ago, I fell in love with knee high combat boots. I go through about a pair every year and a half or so (I am not kind to my shoes... ), but I fall in love with each pair and have a hard time letting them go ans so often endeavor to use their materials in other creations.
Recently, I saw a collection of standard 8 eye boots (about mid-calf) that had been re-imagined by different artist and designers, in that collection (that I can no longer find) were a pair of boots that really inspired me, and I realized I still had *most* of these old knee highs rattling around in my studio. So I busted out the scissors and cut them down to nine eyes (I can't bring myself to make them any shorter!) and then mercilessly attacked them with bric-a-brac, needles and thread.
I am quite proud of the results and am happy to report they have even survived a few days wear!
The original tongue on the right boot was cannibalized by a fiber sculpture for class, so I stitched in what was left of it, re-cut it and fixed the fringing of the edge by weaving it together with some ribbon and backing it with a wool plaid scrap. Good as new! (or old I suppose...)
Zippers are always the first thing to get eaten by other crafts (also usually the leading cause of discarded boots). I fixed the gap on the right boot where the zipper had been completely cut out with the same wool plaid used to stabilize the tongue and covered it with some scrap lace. On the left boot, the toothy part of the zipper was still there, but the pull was long gone (eaten by a pair of earrings of all things). I managed to get the teeth back together, tied off and covered with gold fringe. It's a rather good thing I was not going for any kind of symmetry.
The (now) off-white pleating is from a removable collar and cuffs from one of my mother's old wool dresses. The dress is long gone, but removable collars live on!
The baubles for my booties! There is only a rough attempt at making them look the same. Each bauble has a similar structure. By this point in the project I am so very happy I am a penny pincher and buy cheap man made leather boots because it was so much easier to work with than some of the other leather sewing projects I have undertaken.
Close up of the right bauble. Made with lace, fringe, rick rack, ribbon and the wool plaid. The right one is considerably more gaudy than the left one, but the only one I could get a good picture of, although I love the both the same. The gold and pearl charm in the middle is on both boots and is from a set of earrings-turned-chokers-turned boot accessories (nothing is safe with me!)
And my favorite part:
Because of the (inexpensive) man made leather, the toe was really worn on the right boot. As a finishing touch, I purposefully/haphazardly mended it with gold thread. Now I have gold toes! Yay punny boots.
Thanks for looking!