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« on: January 13, 2012 10:46:14 PM »

So I love converse sneakers. They are like, the only sneakers that fit my feet and so I have owned many pairs in my few 18 years xD. I have two pairs of extra-high converse, but unfortunately I don't wear them much because my calves are larger and even though I can just lace them looser to fit, they don't look as good. Then I wanted to alter a pair of shoes into platforms, and the only shoes I had available to do something like that were my extra-highs. And then it hit me as to how to make them better for my calves: fabric inserts! So I promptly put that together, changed out the laces with new ribbons from Joanns, and then did the platform building from a tutorial I found. I used duct tape to decorate the platforms and this is what I got!

These are what I ultimately ended up with:


These are what I started with:


This is before the platforms, after the initial alterations:



And here a couple more pictures of them with the platforms:



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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012 08:50:59 AM »

so cute. how did you make the platforms? also did you take out the zipper to put in the fabric inserts? I have a plaid pair like these, but mine have a zipper. I love yours though, super cute, and hippy like. =)
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012 10:16:12 AM »

I used this tutorial: http://anniespandex.com/diy/how-to-make-platform-shoes/

And no, I didn't take out the zippers. For both of my pairs, they're on the back of the shoes. I just cut up both sided on each shoe and sewed the fabric inserts in. Since they're lined, I could sandwich the insert fabric between the lining and outer.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012 06:30:05 PM »

Awesome! I love how you painted the platforms!
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012 06:47:25 PM »

Thanks! It's actually duct tape I got at Joann's. I have a serious obsession with decorative duct tape xD
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012 07:34:46 PM »

OK, cool. my zip on the sides. =( but thats pretty neat with the flip flops. =) And i like yours better, there funner Lol.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012 07:46:40 PM »

=] thank you!

You could prolly still do something similar, like have the zipper be forever open by and when they close it just makes the shoe a bit tighter. I'm not sure I'm explaining that right, but like, sewing the fabric inside the shoe on each side of the zipper  so when it's open the fabric is revealed at the shoes still hold up?
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2012 06:51:14 PM »

Yeah...yours are cuter. Very cool. Excellent use of fabulous duct tape.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012 05:04:55 PM »

Thanks! It's actually duct tape I got at Joann's. I have a serious obsession with decorative duct tape xD

I reconized that duct tape at once. I love decrative tape too!

I wouldn't be able to do this to my knee highs but maybe some of my more torn up shoes... *eyeballs tape and my old sneakers* I'll take some pictures when I'm done! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012 11:38:03 AM »

OH MY GLOB!
I absolutely LOOOOOOVE those shoes! <3!
I totally need to do that to a pair. >.<! I love the tape you used. :3!
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