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« on: April 04, 2006 12:14:26 PM »

And that's just what'll they do...The cement-filled boots are made for stopping...the door from opening on you...

A good friend found these cowboy boots for me, but they were a little too tight.   So instead of kicking them to the curb or giving them a "face lift" I decided on some internal surgery instead by filling them with concrete to create a cowboy boot doorstop.



To demonstrate the process I'll use a different shoe, as I didn't photograph the process the first time I made these.  It's kind of tough to demonstrate how HEAVY this boot is, but trust me it's heavy. 



When laying on it's side, it's even better - yeah it looks like your slob, leaving shoes all over the house, until someone tries to pick it up.

I've made several of styles of these shoes, but you can make one yourself...

If you're using a shoe with laces, remove them.  Next, line the shoe of your choice (tennies are great, old Docs are perfect, but big boots are best) with plastic wrap.  If there are air holes at the side of the shoe it will prevent the concrete from coming out. 


Next, fill the toe section with with wadded up newspaper.


Next mix the concrete according to manufacturer's instructions, I prefer using Pour Stone, but most craft concrete will do the job!


In a warm area, carefully pour the concrete into the shoe, one batch might not be enough, but allow the first pour to dry before adding a second.  Keep filling until you almost reach the top of the shoe.

Once dry, paint the top of the concrete with a color coordinated acrylic paint. 


Things to think about:  If you're using a "thin" shoe, the water from the concrete can "seep" through the material leaving a water stain.  I like using thick leather shoes or material that will dry. 


 
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2006 06:51:31 AM »

Cute idea.  Simple, effective, and it has character. 

As for the titile...if Lee Hazlewood was inspired to write those lyrics in the 1960s by Jessica Simpson, then I am highly impressed with his prescience! 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/These_Boots_Are_Made_For_Walkin'
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2006 10:36:35 AM »

cute idea, great for a southern themed restaurant store
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2006 12:39:12 PM »

Cute idea.  Simple, effective, and it has character. 

As for the titile...if Lee Hazlewood was inspired to write those lyrics in the 1960s by Jessica Simpson, then I am highly impressed with his prescience! 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/These_Boots_Are_Made_For_Walkin'

Thanks for the kudos...I know Jess didn't write the words, but her Pizza Hut commercial is where I was drawing my inspiration...it's soosss lame.  What are they called?  Pizza Pop Bites?  Oh and these are another version, perhaps for a sports store (or screen door).

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2006 12:43:06 PM »

Now your too-tight cowboy boots can sleep with the fishes! LOL. great idea!
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2006 02:51:26 PM »

Now your too-tight cowboy boots can sleep with the fishes! LOL. great idea!

I'm so glad you got the MOB connection.  I was going to say something about these being shoes Jimmy Hoffa would love.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2006 02:54:25 PM »

hehe! Damn you Stevenjames, for putting that song in my head!  Angry   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2006 11:12:25 PM »

That's really creative.  I think it's great.  Let's see someone walk away with that boot-- I bet it's real heavy!
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