Sorry if you already mentioned this (I don't have the energy to go through the pages and check) but how did you thread the ribbon through? Just made vertical slits in the leather? And did you need to do anything to the ribbon to keep it nice and wide and flat all the way around, because I would've thought that something as soft as satin would scrunch up a bit?
i just cut slits into the shoe. its kinda hard to expain how i get the ribbon to stay in shape. but basically i kinda of "fluff" them. i scrunch the ends at the slit so the ribbon puffs up. hope that makes sense.