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« on: April 06, 2014 07:03:57 PM »

It's been a while since I posted a new pair of boots, so I thought I'd share these with you. I made them for the Goodwill Re-Design Competition, but since I didn't make the cut I decided to post them here for the rest of the world to see.

They started out life as a pair of cork-soled Seychelles sandals, which I purchased at Goodwill for $10. (I usually go for the $4.97 shoes, but these were a special project.)

They're made from upholstery vinyl purchased at Jo-Ann fabrics, which I fell in love with and thought they would make super boots. The vinyl is a bit hard to sew, due to all the raised bumps, but I feel the overall effect was worth it. The boots have an outside zipper, which was a fairly hot item this season. They come up slightly above the knee, and have a contrasting brown leather-look strap and top snap across the zipper, as well as the welt around the sole. (Also out of upholstery vinyl.) The circular buckle also was from the original sandals, just reused on the boots. The seams are topstitched in brown, and the zipper tape is dark brown to match. Here is another view, showing better where the knee bend is:

The addition of the brass upholstery tacks to the welt was a last-minute addition, a touch suggested by a fashion designer friend.

I'll probably post a few more pair I've worked on during the past year or so. I've been teaching a class on how to make them at our local Jo-Ann store, so perhaps I can share some boots that my students have made.

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014 07:46:32 PM »

Absolutely brilliant!

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014 08:17:26 PM »

those are a lot of fun

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014 09:41:17 PM »

Awesome! I love shoe-recycling and the material you used is really interesting. Also, I am happy these every-day sandals get to live a new and way more spectacular life Grin
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014 10:04:01 AM »

WOW! Your projects are always so inspiring!!! The judges didn't know what artistry they were looking at.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014 11:54:51 AM »

Thank you, Alexus. I've been doing a few others I know you'd like, too. I think they wanted to see a greater percentage of stuff that came from Goodwill, or you could be right. Maybe next time I'll take apart a pair of leather pants and use those, as long as I have the receipts! But I have several new pairs in the works. And I have to upgrade the tutorial on how to make them before the next class. I have these on display at Jo-Ann now, along with three others.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2014 03:56:42 PM »

I just now found these, and I  know it's been a few months but wanted to say I LOVE them! Fabulous! And I'm inspired to try something like this...
NOW to find the raw materials and get busy Cool
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2015 08:10:53 PM »

It's hard to believe one was ever the other! Crazy! Crazy awesome, I should say Smiley. Glad you were recognized with a "best of" award for 2014!!

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015 03:31:13 PM »

these boots are great! Congrats on making the Best of 2015!

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2015 06:24:23 PM »

If anyone has the tutorial for these, would it be possible to send it to me?

Thanks so much in advance! Smiley
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