I don’t think I’m much different than the average woman. I like my shoes and on average we have about 50 pair right??? Then great, I’m just about average. To support this NEED I have for new shoes, something new and sexy for my feet I’ve also taken to buying some shoes from the thrift store.
I hasten to add that I purchase shoes that are in good shape, there are some very generous women out there who have donated some beautiful shoes. The first step is to have a look at the sole of the shoe to see if it’s been worn a lot, for a heel – how much has the heel been chewed up. The sole also doesn’t tell you everything, you’ve got to see if all of the cushioning on the inside has been squished as well. By looking in the shoe and feeling into the ball you can get an idea of how much a shoe has been worn and whether it has any wear left in it for you.
Try them on in the store, wear socks when you shop or little knee high nylons and try out the shoes as you walk and shop. If you can’t stand to wear them for 5 minutes, put them back and keep shopping. Also, notice where the shoe is going to wear on you, is the heel to tight, straps… make sure that you’ve put some thought into whether it’s a good buy – spending even $5 on a pair of shoes that are going to leave blisters or you aren’t going to wear is a waste even if it’s only $5.
I’ve found that most times it’s the fancy evening shoes for women and the cute Sunday shoes for children that still have some wear in them. Now comes the fun part.
Don’t pass by a pair of good shoes as you shop just because they are a weird color or not exactly your style. Find a shoe with some life in them and imagine a few crafty possibilities. Imagine whether a new ribbon or something sparkly would make you feel different about the shoe. If that doesn’t do it – could you paint some new life into them?
I’ve painted a few shoes and at the top of this entry is a pair of Naturalizers that were $6 at the local Goodwill – this is what I did with them.
Tips for Painting Recycled Shoes
- Don’t try to paint the whole shoe, they will naturally have some wrinkles and this is where the paint starts to chip and disintegrate first
- When you paint a good way of making a white canvas is using a little bit of Gesso, blob out the areas you are interested in and then apply acrylic paints over them
- Sometimes you can’t replicate a design – unless you are willing to use stencils, two shoes don’t have to look the same to go together
- Little or Simple designs can look great, don’t underestimate what a little painting will do to make something old into something special
- Don’t be afraid of mistakes, Acrylic will wipe off with water if you move quickly, when you make a mistake have a damp towel next to you to clean up
Please send in pics of your shoe projects, I’d love to see them. Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org