So I found three identical pairs of Ardene's black shoes on the side of the road a little while ago.
Someone threw them out because the sole was coming off...luckily for me they didn't know about shoe glue. (Ardene's is a store in Canada that sells pretty cheap acrylic "fashionable" clothing...e.g. 3 pairs of shoes for $10 or $15...they just don't last)
All of a sudden I knew why I had a bunch of paint and some furniture varnish stashed away. Here are two pairs:
I'm sure they'll be cracking soon but it was a fun project for the afternoon.