This is my first post here, so I hope I don't mess this up. Apologies for what may be overly large images. I'm not quite sure what would be a good size for posting.
Anyway, I love sneakers. The two pairs of sneakers are some sneakers I bought and made over. This first one I made about two years ago. It started as a pair of plain white sneakers with black soles, laces, and trim. They were a just a pair of cheap sneakers, $7. Here's how they look now:
This pair gets a lot of use and survived being stuck in a flood for 3 days. So, yeah, kind of scruffy-looking and dirty. I just wrote a couple of my favorite quotes all over the shoe in black sharpie. The green accent is just green acrylic. They faded a bit after the flood fiasco, but I haven't been able to buy acrylic paints again, so haven't been able to retouch them. The soles have gotten really thin, so I decided to make a new pair about a month ago. Although I might recreate the green shoes again one day. But I was at the bookstore and I fell absolutely in love with the new multi-colored sharpie permanent markers. Which led to the new rainbow pair. This one's made with practically the same kind of sneakers, only all in white.
I started just having the lines following the lines of the shoe like the first one, but the rainbow sharpies were just too cute. Also, around the third or fourth time I used them, they got wet in the rain and some of the colors bled. I was kind of frustrated at first, it was supposed to be permanent markers and I never had that problem with the black sharpie. I don't know why the colors of this pair bled a little. But after the initial frustration, I still think the shoes are still pretty cute.
(one of my fave Gaiman quotes from Books of Magic)
The multicolored ribbons are laces I made for the shoes. I found the white laces that came with the shoe pretty boring, so I bought a couple of meters of ribbons and made these laces. I may be adding more colors to my collection sometime. If you're ever making ribbon laces, get the laces with hemming on the sides. Trust me, speaking from experience here, those without hemming fall apart. I made aglets using green thread I had in my stash and clear nail polish using the tutorial on Ian's Shoelace Site: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/agletthread.htm
. Here's a close-up of one aglet:
Thanks for looking.