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« on: February 06, 2006 10:08:45 AM »

so, i bought these shoes on sale from urban outfitters.  i should have known better.  they were $7 after all.

the first day that i wore them, all the bronze "foil" cracked and started to peel off the shoes.

i let them sit around, fuming about my stupid $7 shoes until i realized that all the bronze stuff would probably peel off in sheets.  i was curious as to what shoe lie beneath all that cheap plastic.

i peeled off the bronze (save for the trim and bow) and found a muddled pink slipper beneath.  then i took my trusty gold paint pen and made a fairly passable pair of shoes out of what i might have otherwise thrown in the trash.


marvel at the pile of crap!


after paint-penning


not too shabby!  well, not as shabby as before.

i've worn them out today and the paint does rub off pretty easily so i'll have to figure out how to seal it.  but i'm pretty happy with them.

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2006 10:11:26 AM »

Good for you!  I think those shoes look really good -- the paint job is very professional looking.

I wonder what you seal shoes with.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2006 10:12:46 AM »

very cute Smiley

i am glad you did not pay full price for the shoes at UO
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2006 10:31:18 AM »

haha very cute! nice way to recycle shoes!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2006 11:58:39 AM »

very nice. call me weird but i am attracted to the peeled/distressed look of the peeling ones too.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2006 12:28:35 PM »

i like those alot!
very pretty.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2006 04:34:49 PM »

Such a cute pair of shoes.  I would want to do my best to salvage them too...good on you.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2006 05:46:55 PM »

Those shoes are great!

Clear outdoor spraypaint might fix the paint pen- when we use spraypaint out ballet slippers for recitals, we use to clear it with clear outdoor spraypaint... worked well, but that was in a controlled (but hot and sitcky!) environment.

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2006 07:58:20 PM »

Those shoes are great!

Clear outdoor spraypaint might fix the paint pen- when we use spraypaint out ballet slippers for recitals, we use to clear it with clear outdoor spraypaint... worked well, but that was in a controlled (but hot and sitcky!) environment.



That is exactly what I was going to suggest!!! The shoes look so cute! I'm surprised that the foil peeled off... well actually, not too surprised. i love urban, but some things can be pretty cheap, and not is a good way. Your fix came out really well!
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2006 09:28:47 PM »

i love what you did, looks great.
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2006 01:43:18 PM »

It took a while for the photos to load on my computer, so I decided to scroll down and read everyone's comments while I waited. When I scrolled back up I expected a nice pair of shoes, but I didn't realize they were going to be that cute. Good luck with finding a paint sealer, those are super-freakin-fantastic.
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2006 01:59:55 PM »

Those look great!

If I bought some shoes and they got destroyed the first time I wore them, I would have brought them back to the store and told them what happened. Your version probably looks better anyway though.
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2006 02:05:48 PM »

Those look great!

If I bought some shoes and they got destroyed the first time I wore them, I would have brought them back to the store and told them what happened. Your version probably looks better anyway though.

Me, too, but the re-do looks great!
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2006 02:12:49 PM »

Wow those are so cute! If you can't find clear outdoor spray paint, nail polish would probably work, but it would take forever and be hard to do evenly. Although, for someone who was able to do that nice of a paint job with a paint pen, it might be easy  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2006 05:59:26 PM »

Those absolutely awesome.
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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2006 06:01:03 PM »

I would not have guessed that that was down with a paint pen. Fantastic job. Post again when you figure out how to seal it!
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2006 06:08:26 PM »

I would tap dance in those bad boys. ;-)
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2006 07:32:24 PM »

this reminds me of a pair of flats i got and wore til they got all scuffed up ...i primed mine with spraypaint and drew stripes on with black marker...yours like way more refined obviously Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2006 07:34:53 PM »

Soo cute and adorable! I would wear it!
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2006 07:42:21 PM »

i kind of like the way they look after you peeled the paint off.
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2006 08:03:48 PM »

Wow! That doesnt look like you painted it at all, they look like they came that way. Awesome!
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2006 06:49:48 AM »

thanks everyone!

once i peeled off the stuff i was surprised at how much i liked the rough pink and bronze look. . .but in person they really did look a little pathetic.  and i still wanted my metallic shoes.

SO, now that i've worn them out and rubbed a bit of the gold off i think i will buff them down with a cloth and re-apply the paint pen, maybe in a different color, then buff it down again and seal it with spray stuff. 

will post an update when that happens.

thanks again!
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2006 01:46:24 PM »

You can also try a satin-finish varnish (sold in the acrylics aisle of the craft store) to seal them. And since so many people liked the distressed look, why not go at them with some steel wool, and see what comes up?
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