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Topic: Keds "matchstick" canvas skimmer made good!  (Read 11215 times)
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« on: August 10, 2010 03:55:13 AM »

I am extremely fussy with shoes. I loved my "For Pete Sake" wedges by BC footwear, and wore them to death. They were great because they were a mid wedge, low vamped, canvas skimmer. What more could you want in a summer shoe? This sort of shoe is near impossible to get in the U.K

..and BC don't make the shoe anymore, which means I can't get hold of it from America now anyway... but I am always on the prowl for a similar shoe.

When I saw the matchstick wedge by Keds for a tenner, I thought "nearly, but not quite" and was certain I could improve them to create my dream shoe.

If you want to make good your canvas wedges, heres how to do it. Take off the bow off, but retain this for later

Unpick the binding from the front edge of the shoe

Redraw the length of the vamp and carefully cut. Hoorah for toe cleavage!

Cut the binding on the edge which will be the outside of the shoe when you're wearing it.

re attatch binding carefully so it looks like it "never even happened" I sewed this back on by hand for a super neat finish.

here you can see ugly high vamp Vs. nice new shapely vamp. Look how much smaller my feet look!

Reattach bows to hide the gap you have where the binding doesn't meet.

 And Voila! Ugly high vamp cheapo pumps to gorgeus girly kicks instantly!

I just wish they weren't white...

« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010 04:33:07 AM »

If you wish they weren't white... dye them! Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010 04:49:42 AM »

Much better imo. Shoes that sit that high always bug me and this would solve that. Love the final result and new location of that bow. Great job.

The "toe cleavage" made me laugh since years ago I was asked to make fetish cards with this very thing! Who knew... that floats some peoples boats!

Ya just can't stop a crafty girl!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010 05:40:34 AM »

Cute and toe cleavage for the lol!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010 12:18:50 PM »

Adorable! Thanks for the tutorial, also!

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