The Shoe Revamp

What do you do when you have an awesome pair of shoes that you adore, but they have had their best days behind them? Scour Pinterest and find a way to revamp them! 

Even though I found a great tutorial to recover and save my precious heelsI was terrified I was going to ruin them. I have a weird attachment to things, it’s like I think that item will be disappointed in me if I don’t do them justice. I blame Toy Story for my irrational fear, as a kid I was always wondering what came alive when I left room, it just carried into adulthood weirdly. I am only joking, but now you understand my mind a little bit. Sorry! (As a Canadian I am required to apologize) 

Now if I can’t bring myself to revamp my comfy everyday work heels. It’s time to find another pair of shoes to practice on. I was gifted these cute black heels by an awesome friend, but they were just a little too tight in the toes for me to wear for more than a half hour. AK.A. I lost feeling in my two smallest toes on each foot within minutes of putting them on. The perfect pair to practice on!

Here’s the kicker, the shoes I was so terrified to offend by redoing never got their revamp. The heal and sole busted as I was running around on a busy day and I had to limp them through until I could get home. It was like mini shoe karma hit me.

Before you start your project, I would recommend you pick a fabric that is not directional. It’s easier to work with since you can simply apply the fabric without worrying that something is sideways or upside down. (This is a suggestion only)

I only took pictures when I finished each heel, but the tutorial I used is linked here. I found the instructions well written and who doesn’t love lots of pictures to follow along with.

There are few things I did a little different:  (I’m sure as you go through, you will find ways that work better for you too)

1.     As you can see I used a rounded toe instead of a pointed. Yes pointed would have been easier, but if you’re patient and fold it down and glue the heck out of it, all is good. Plus people will never be able to see it, only you will know it’s there.

2.     I did not have Mod Podge, so I used fabric glue. This may have been my downfall using strait glue, as I found that when the glue dried the shoes were actually even tighter then before. When I attempt this again, I might try the Mod Podge route. The more likely scenario for me to attempt though is that I’d put on a pair of socks I don’t care about and then put on the shoes and let them dry as I wear them. 

Side note: You can make your own Mod Podge nock off if you’re like. Essentially it is 1 part glue that dries clear to 1 part water mixed together, simple as that. I have used this for so many projects and I don’t have any complaints. Living in a small town there was no access to the specialty name brand item like this so you make do with what you have. So honestly I can not give you any information to all the different types of Mod Podge that I see in craft stores when I venture to the big city or if it works better then what I used. 

3.     If you have sewn before you will recognize what I did below in the pictures. For others that do not sew, this was not in the tutorial. With fabric when you are needing it to lay nicely on a curve you can make a small snip (slit) in it. So when it’s glued it down you will notice there are some spaces in it. No one can see this as your foot will cover it when wearing. I made these small snips all the way around the opening about a quarter inch a part, put a little glue under and folded down.

4.     Other tools that they do not show you in the tutorial that I found useful were an x-acto knife (thin bladed knife) and a small thin flat-head screw driver. These are definitely not needed if you do not have them accessible. They helped when I was trying to tuck the edge of the fabric underneath the sole for a little nicer finish and trimming off those little pesky left over bits of fabric. 

With these shoes I didn’t not attempt top cover the heel itself like they do in the tutorial, as these did not need it. You may want to assess the areas that need to be covered on your shoes. If the heels itself is in great condition and your fabric goes well with it, you may not want to cover it. Or maybe you have a different colour that would go really well with the fabric that you chose for the rest of the shoe, making it really pop. The ideas are endless honestly.

Durability of this revamp is still a question I have. The heels I did recover were not worn very often or for long periods of time. The good part is though, if you notice a piece of fabric lifting there is always glue to the rescue. Or you don’t like the fabric you chose anymore? Take off the fabric and recover again. 

One of the funnest things about fashion for me are things like this. Creating something different then everyone else and making it your style. How amazing is that?!

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