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« on: September 02, 2005 11:43:22 AM »

I had a pair of pretty red ballet shoes that I wore to absolute death, due to my having man-sized feet and thereby no other women's shoes. You can't really see in the picture but the fronts of them were totally torn and scuffed, and they had a spectacular amount of London dirt on them, despite being washed several times. Even I, tramp that I am, could no longer get away with wearing them without the mockery of my friends. So I decided to cover them.

I drafted a pattern from the shoe (centre), cut it out of grey velvet, and just glued it onto the shoe with copydex, which stinks like rotting fish.

Then I added lace at the back to cover that ugly seam, and little bows and buttons to the front. Because I recently decided I ought to become more ladylike, and because without it they looked like big ol' slippers.

Those are the only pictures I have, it's hard to photograph your own feet well!
« Last Edit: September 02, 2005 11:52:30 AM by cutout » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2005 12:53:34 PM »

they're ADORABLE! and a great way to save/recycle awesome shoes. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2005 12:58:53 PM »

Thanks! The only problem is the insides, which are still really dirty and kind of cracking- but I can't cover them, because I can't neatly get into the toe part! So I just gotta hope they'll hold up. Heh.

« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2005 01:16:08 PM »

they look adorable! I wish I had some like that!!

Oh I feel so delightfully white trash! Mommy, I want a mullet!

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2005 11:22:36 PM »

beautiful...reminds me of a post i bookmarked a few weeks ago... Roll Eyes

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I want a perfect soul

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2005 10:22:25 AM »

were the original shoes actually ballet shoes or were they ballet type shoes? i have a pair of actual ballet shoes that i wear round the house and am looking for a way to make the soles more hardwearing for outdoor wear... any suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2005 11:09:50 AM »

What a great idea - I think I love the new look better than the old (especially with the cute lace bows!).
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2005 02:40:51 AM »

Thanks everyone!

bananagoatfish: they weren't real ballet shoes, just ballet-type shoes, so they had rubber soles. As for strengthening soles of real ballet shoes, you could buy some thick leather and cut out sole shapes- one for the inside, and one for the outside. Then either glue them on with hardcore glue (I did a shoe making course where we did this, and used some special industrial glue, but I forget the name- you could probably use araldite or rubber cement or something?) or, if you have a strong sewing machine, sew them in. Should make it quite a bit sturdier.

« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2005 02:57:40 PM »

delicious. aww too cute  Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2005 12:42:04 PM »

thanks cutout, i think i'll give that a go, i love the fact with ballet shoes you can get dylon for leather and just make them any colour too... yippee
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