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« on: December 03, 2011 08:55:37 AM »

Another pair of shoes for one of my many costumes.  I didn't want to post it in the costumes section since it really is all about the shoes ;-)


I made these by taking a base pair of leather shoes from eBay and ripping the sole from the bottom and removing the heel tip.  I then recovered them in silk to match my dress and glued the sole back on and hammered the heel tip back in place.  They were then decorated with pleated velvet trim, rhinestones, a cameo (which I also added "jewelry" to), and vintage silver lace.  These were my first pair of "reconstructed" shoes and I LOVE them.  They really add the finishing touch to my costume and are quite comfy too.  They aren't historically accurate 100%, but they have the feel of the era.

They started out as these bargain shoes from eBay...


Detail on the Bow...


Heel Detail...


The Whole Costume...
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011 09:24:29 AM »

Beautiful!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011 10:56:08 AM »

Love them!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011 01:05:09 PM »

So gorgeous! Love these!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011 01:55:04 PM »

Oh! This shoes are ADORABLE! Wow, good job! The recovering is so nice, I would never know that they are recovered! good job!
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011 05:31:47 PM »

These are absolutely fabulous! And maybe it's because I never really considered re-covering a heel, but I never thought about removing the heel tip to properly recover the heel. That's wonderful advice and now I'm going to hunt down some shoes......I'm thinking I need some leopard heels.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011 06:01:28 PM »

These are stunning! I especially love how you added 'jewelry' to the cameo too haha
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011 06:29:37 PM »

OMG you look gorgeous, that costume's amazing. I so want to make shoes like that now, not for a costume or anything, just to wear around the hosue lol.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011 06:08:00 AM »

Wow!  they look fantastic!  I really love the bow on the front of them!
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2011 10:20:32 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I had so much fun making them too, though I had one heck a glue high when I was done (forgot to open a window).  I have another 18th century gown, more court styled, planned for next year - so there will be another pair of shoes in the future. 
Covering them was interesting, but not hard.  I started with the heel first, covered it and hammered the heel tip back in place (it was only pegged in, so it was easy to remove thankfully).  I then started covering the body of the shoe at the toe area going with the bias of the fabric so that I could shift/shape the fabric better to the shoe form.  I glued along the bottoms of the shoes and shaped it as I went, keeping the fabric smooth.  I then glued the top sections, pulling the fabric taught as I went and using binder clips to hold in place.  I let this dry for several hours, removed the binder clips, and then epoxied the sole back in place.  I wanted to be sure these were not falling apart anytime in the soon.  I folded the raw edges of the fabric to the inside of the shoe, trimmed it close to the edge, and covered them in silk satin ribbon for a more finished look. 
There are some spots where the glue leaked through the fabric and stained it, but not terribly so.  I was using my fingers with an epoxy type glue to smooth it out and make it tacky before setting the fabric on top, some spots weren't dry enough though, so they showed through the fabric.
I can't wait to make the pair for next year's costume.  I see lots of pink, lace, feathers, and more rhinestones in my future.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2011 05:06:55 PM »

Wow! I can't believe these are reconstructed - they look so neat. Well done!
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2011 06:30:01 PM »

Very Pretty
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2011 07:26:59 PM »

Oh the heels are just gorgeous! I love those shoes!
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2011 08:00:59 PM »

love the color, cameos and details on the back...very cute
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2011 10:54:38 PM »

Thanks for going into detail about how you recovered them. I can't wear heels but I so want to do this to a pair of flats since I can never find cute flats in my size.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2011 02:05:45 PM »

Thanks for going into detail about how you recovered them. I can't wear heels but I so want to do this to a pair of flats since I can never find cute flats in my size.
You should check out my little write up on my Alice shoes, those were ballet flats that I covered in ribbons http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395193.0 Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2011 02:58:09 PM »

Oh that's so pretty!
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2011 04:28:00 PM »

Thanks for going into detail about how you recovered them. I can't wear heels but I so want to do this to a pair of flats since I can never find cute flats in my size.
You should check out my little write up on my Alice shoes, those were ballet flats that I covered in ribbons http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395193.0 Smiley

Oh wow those are awsome! Thanks for recomending that to me, I'm soooo making a pair of those for new years. I love how you turned them into peep toes, I never would have thought of that.

Also, you get bonus points for re-creating the Burton-Alice costume. I was so upset that the costume pattern they released to go with the movie looked nothing like the dresses in the movie (it was still a cute dress, just not the ones from the movie). I just wish I had the pattern drafting skills to recreate the dresses myself.
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2011 06:21:57 PM »

Love! I love revamping shoes Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2011 07:32:31 PM »

These are fantastic!  I kind of want to find/make a similar pair for my wedding.
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2011 01:17:50 AM »

FANTASTIC! Also, one of my favorite gowns from that movie! This rocks!
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2011 03:11:07 AM »

I need shoes like this. *A* You did such a superb job with them. And the whole costume as well.
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2011 04:42:55 AM »

Oh my! These are simply divine!!  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2011 05:21:07 PM »

These are beautiful.  They are close enough to satisfy most anybody but the most demanding history buff.  And you'd hate period accurate heels as they are set much farther forward under the shoe and make walking a lot awkward until you get used to them. 

Did you check to see if the heels were nailed on or screwed on before you covered them?  Pull up the insole and peek at the beginning.  if you see screws it's no big deal to take the heels completely off, cover them and put them back on.  Just a little contact cement and replace the screws.  Makes dealing with those seams a lot easier.  I just wish boots were done the same way.
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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2011 06:13:38 PM »

Wow, these shoes are cool! Good job! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2011 06:14:18 PM »

WOW! Those shoes rock! I may have a severe case of shoe envy coming on!
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« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2011 06:03:28 AM »

The entire costume is completely amazing. You ROCK! Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2011 07:04:45 AM »

They look great! Good job!
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« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2011 10:51:24 AM »

These are beautiful.  They are close enough to satisfy most anybody but the most demanding history buff.  And you'd hate period accurate heels as they are set much farther forward under the shoe and make walking a lot awkward until you get used to them. 

Did you check to see if the heels were nailed on or screwed on before you covered them?  Pull up the insole and peek at the beginning.  if you see screws it's no big deal to take the heels completely off, cover them and put them back on.  Just a little contact cement and replace the screws.  Makes dealing with those seams a lot easier.  I just wish boots were done the same way.
Thanks.  I definitely wanted comfort over accuracy.  Finding that perfect french heel is what took the longest. 
I knew I'd have to remove tip and was hoping that it wasn't nailed in.  This luckily was pegged in and easy to pry off with a little work.  After covering the heel area, I put a spot of epoxy in the peg holes and hammered them back in.
I was pretty pleased with myself on these beauties when I was done.  As a costumer and seamstress, I'm always looking to expand my horizons, shoes have become my new expansion lol.
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« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2011 03:24:20 PM »

The whole outfit is simply gorgeous! (:
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« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2011 09:47:21 AM »

Awesome:)
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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2011 10:29:15 AM »

Beautiful! love all the details.
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Wow, these really are fantastic.
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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2012 04:08:45 PM »

man oh man!  Those are HOT!  *mumbling to self*  I do not need another craft...
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« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2012 07:34:46 PM »

I love Cameos.  You took an ordinary pair of shoes and made them extraordinary.  Thank you for sharing your pictures.  These are stunning!
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« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2012 11:47:32 AM »

Wow! Really nicely done. Love all the details. I never thought of recovering heels either but you have just opened my mind ... now I another project to add to my list! Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2012 10:38:38 AM »

Beautiful! I wish I knew how to make that
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