before-after

Big initial MAs Destiny mentioned last week, we are hard at work doing historical and futuristic shoes and bags for our class and booth at the upcoming Costume College 2012 in Woodland Hills, CA., set for August 4 and 5. Because not all costumers are women, we realized we’d need to find some vintage men’s shoes to copy.

Mens COX-TON shoes from 1925 @ 72 dpiAfter paging through some books from the library, we found these beauties — ahead of their time, we think! They were manufactured in 1925 by the Coxton Shoe Company of Rushden, Northamptonshire, England.

We were very taken with the wings appliqued on the black shoes and decided to try to copy that, but use them with a red background.

Mens shoes before @ 72 dpi The first step was to comb our local thrift stores, where I found these, circa 1982, all leather, worn once, maybe for a wedding or a prom? Cost: $2!

Mens shoes painted red @ 72 dpi

We began by wiping the surface clean using a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol. Then we applied two coats of Lumiere’s Crimson acrylic paint. We sealed the paint with a thin coat of Pledge with Future Shine — this also provides a permanent “just-shined” look.

Mens shoes making wings @ 72 dpi Destiny sketched out a template for the wings and added stitching lines as well, since we wanted to make the wings look feathery. We laid the paper templates on the REVERSE side of a scrap of nicely textured leather and traced around the shapes with ballpoint pen. We also drew in the stitching lines.

Then we cut the wings out. We prepped the finished sides with rubbing alcohol and painted them with Lumiere’s True Gold. Finally, I put a leather needle in my sewing machine and stitched the lines we’d highlighted on the back of the leather. I used black nylon thread in the machine and bobbin, long straight stitches, and a Teflon foot so the leather would move easily over the feed dogs.

before-after

Big initial MAs Destiny mentioned last week, we are hard at work doing historical and futuristic shoes and bags for our class and booth at the upcoming Costume College 2012 in Woodland Hills, CA., set for August 4 and 5. Because not all costumers are women, we realized we’d need to find some vintage men’s shoes to copy.

Mens COX-TON shoes from 1925 @ 72 dpiAfter paging through some books from the library, we found these beauties — ahead of their time, we think! They were manufactured in 1925 by the Coxton Shoe Company of Rushden, Northamptonshire, England.

We were very taken with the wings appliqued on the black shoes and decided to try to copy that, but use them with a red background.

Mens shoes before @ 72 dpi The first step was to comb our local thrift stores, where I found these, circa 1982, all leather, worn once, maybe for a wedding or a prom? Cost: $2!

Mens shoes painted red @ 72 dpi

We began by wiping the surface clean using a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol. Then we applied two coats of Lumiere’s Crimson acrylic paint. We sealed the paint with a thin coat of Pledge with Future Shine — this also provides a permanent “just-shined” look.

Mens shoes making wings @ 72 dpi Destiny sketched out a template for the wings and added stitching lines as well, since we wanted to make the wings look feathery. We laid the paper templates on the REVERSE side of a scrap of nicely textured leather and traced around the shapes with ballpoint pen. We also drew in the stitching lines.

Then we cut the wings out. We prepped the finished sides with rubbing alcohol and painted them with Lumiere’s True Gold. Finally, I put a leather needle in my sewing machine and stitched the lines we’d highlighted on the back of the leather. I used black nylon thread in the machine and bobbin, long straight stitches, and a Teflon foot so the leather would move easily over the feed dogs.

Mens shoes painted and stitched wings @ 72 dpi Here is what the wings looked like after painting and stitching. The final step was simply to glue them in place using Beacon 527, which is what we like to use when gluing unpainted leather (remember, the back side of these is unpainted) to painted leather.

Mens shoes after TOE @ 72 dpi

Mens shoes after SIDE view @ 72 dpi The wings now look like they have been stitched onto the leather of the shoes. We love the effect! If you come to Costume College, you can stop by our booth and see these in person. And us, of course….es painted and stitched wings @ 72 dpi” src=”/wp-content/img/sassy-feet-blog/6a010536e1ea81970c017616b0053d970c.jpg” alt=”Mens shoes painted and stitched wings @ 72 dpi” /> Here is what the wings looked like after painting and stitching. The final step was simply to glue them in place using Beacon 527, which is what we like to use when gluing unpainted leather (remember, the back side of these is unpainted) to painted leather.

Mens shoes after TOE @ 72 dpi

Mens shoes after SIDE view @ 72 dpi The wings now look like they have been stitched onto the leather of the shoes. We love the effect! If you come to Costume College, you can stop by our booth and see these in person. And us, of course….

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