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« on: April 04, 2006 07:39:45 PM »

10 year old Doc Marten's:



+ one inspired Saturday afternoon + steak knife + buttons, bias tape, elastic and polka-dotted ribbon =

Dainty Maryjanes!





This project was inspired by a post I saw, once upon a time, where someone cut up their high top converse into cute little low top shoes.  And also by my obsession with maryjanes.

Though it's only a facelift, I think they're pretty darn cute!
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2006 07:41:40 PM »

awesome
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2006 07:57:24 PM »

Those are really cool!  Did you use a sewing machine to put the bias tape on?  Was it hard to do [if that's what you used]?  Those look really professional!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2006 10:49:39 PM »

LOVE them!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2006 11:38:20 PM »

These are adorable!  Doc Marten's are kind of heavy, do they stay on when you walk?  I'm very impressed!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006 07:01:41 AM »

 Grin Pretty darned cute indeed! And very clever!

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006 07:11:09 AM »

Nice.  They look like an entirely different pair of shoes!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2006 07:17:12 AM »

Impressive! Cool
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2006 07:20:55 AM »

Wow.  This is the most impressive footwear to footwear transformation in this contest.  They're awesome!  Of course, now I'm wondering how you did it...
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2006 09:11:49 AM »

I love those and I share a mary jane obession. That's really impressive they look like a completely different pair of shoes!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2006 11:35:50 AM »

WOW those are fab! Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2006 11:53:58 AM »

You took out the yellow stitching though!   Shocked
Nice job.
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2006 01:30:48 PM »

Those are fabulous!! Good job Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2006 02:07:19 PM »

ya know, I've always wanted a pair of steel toed mary janes..
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2006 02:19:00 PM »

Those are super cute, I too have a Mary Jane obsession, I have a pair of flower print Doc Martin boots in my closet (that are 10 years old and I just cant seem to part with them).
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2006 03:24:23 PM »

Thanks for the compliments!

IchBeisse:  Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't use a sewing machine for the bias tape.  It's glued on (quite strongly) to the cut edge with tacky glue, which is wonderfully versatile stuff.

tiegh:  They do slip a little when I walk, but I blame that more on the fact that the doc apparently  doesn't believe in half-sizes so these were a bit big to begin with.  Though they are a bit heavy because of the chunky heel.

ashenteardrop:  I used the steak knife like a saw to cut out the tongue and make the rounded bit in front, and then I cut from behind the first eyelet down around the sides.  I glued the bias tape on to cover the ugly cut edge and used the elastic and buttons for closure.  The bows are made from some polka-dotted ribbon that I love (found at Jo-Ann's), and I painted over the brown soles and yellow stitching with black acrylic to lessen the doc marten look.

Jennickell:  I think those flower print docs would work wonderfully for a reconstruction of some sort!  When I originally thought of this project, I wanted to use a pair of bizarre black and white face-printed docs that I picked up around the same time as this pair.  But I guess I must have gotten rid of them a while back.  They were really ugly and would have been so much better as maryjanes.
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2006 04:00:30 PM »

Those are great. They look like you bought them that way.
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2006 07:49:53 PM »

Any steak knife injuries you want to tell us about?   Wink  My two simultaneous thoughts were, "Wow, she's good," and "I would have permanent scars if I tried that!"
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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2006 06:15:41 AM »

how smart are you!! my gosh i love them. still to much nostalgia attached to my knee docs to chop em up. but you did a brilliant job. well freakin done!
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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2006 09:03:53 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2006 09:26:41 AM »

holey moley (lol) they're fabulous
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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2006 10:24:34 AM »

Oh wow...that doesn't even look like it could come from those shoes!  Awesome
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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2006 10:42:22 AM »

You are so brave, I would be scared to take a knife to a pair of trusty old boots  Smiley  Those came out wonderful
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2006 11:06:45 AM »

These might be the best rehab of anything I've ever seen! Even my boyfriend, who hates my Craftster addiction, was really impressed when I made him come look. You must be really proud of how incredible they are!!!! Great job!
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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2006 07:13:23 PM »

it also annoys me that the doc never made half-sizes more available. i have seen a few random pairs, but never in my size. *sigh*.
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those are really cool.
 

i used to collect doc martens (over 50 pair at one point) and i have that pair you are talking about... the black and white faces all over. that's one of my favorites.  i'm glad you didn't cut those up.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2006 11:08:23 PM »

I like.
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« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2006 02:17:11 PM »

Wow. What an amazing job!
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« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2006 06:34:19 PM »

I saw you boots before, then the after and I was like: Holy shi...shoot how in the world did that happen? They don't even look like the same pair of shoes! But that's what's awesome!
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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2006 11:18:39 PM »

They don't even look like the same pair of shoes.  It must have taken a while to hack at those babies.  They turned out really well!
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« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2006 08:17:57 AM »

Wow!  That's really awesome!  But I must say, I've been looking for a good, cheap pair of Doc Marten's on Ebay lately, so it hurts my heart a bit to see them all chopped up.  But then again, I adore mary janes with all my heart, so...  It evens out.   Wink
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« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2006 03:30:26 PM »

It is hard to believe that these mary janes were once those boots. Great job!
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« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2006 09:58:42 PM »

WOW--If I hadn't seen the "before" picture, I wouldn't have known that they were altered shoes at all... they look so cute and amazing!
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« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2006 12:44:48 AM »

These are just phenomenal.  I can't believe they're even the same shoes!
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Wow, those are amazing!  Great job! 
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« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2006 05:43:45 PM »

I bow to you, oh shoemistress!

I really wish I hadnt thrown away my neptunes now... I never thought to use a steak knife!

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« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2006 12:03:17 PM »

amazing - kudos #111 that they look storebought & not reconstructed; gives me hope i may one day do the same! Grin
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« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2006 01:10:21 PM »

*GASP!!!*

Those are beautiful!!!  You are so creative!  Good job!
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« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2006 02:04:36 PM »

 Cheesy hey good job!! I would have never thought that those shoes could have been cute, but you did an awesome job!!!1
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« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2006 10:13:50 PM »

those are amazing!!! i dont own any maryjanes but i love them. its incredible, you cant even tell they were once docks.
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