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DMargot and I have created bridal shoes. And flower girl shoes.

LouboutinStrass

Louboutin’s Very Riche Strass — Beautiful, but at $3,995 a pair, it would be well worth it to do them yourself!

And shoes just for fun. Plus we recently blogged about our friend Leanne’s anniversary party shoes. But what about your honeymoon? Isn’t that a celebratory event that deserves its own footwear (fit for a queen)? We say, “Of course!”

One Sassy Feet fan, Kiki, thinks so too. She recently sent us before, during, and after photos of the shoes she planned on slipping into on her honeymoon cruise. She writes:

I just wanted to send you some before and after pics of my “honeymoon” shoes. The original condition of the shoes were pretty bad…with heavy wear around the toes, a lot of marks on the heels, as well as a damaged area on the heel where it looks like the leather was either melted or heavily scuffed. I got my “befores” on ebay for a song as compared to the original price for these designer shoes.
I painted the shoes with Lumiere paint in Silver, about 3-4 light coats on each shoe. Then I carefully outlined the straps on the front with tiny clear Swarovski crystals and encrusted the back and heel of the shoe with about 6 different sizes of Swarovski crystals. My inspiration for these shoes were the Christian Louboutin Strass shoes (above). I finished these in time for my honeymoon cruise next week!
And here are Kiki’s pictures:
Honeymoon before
Honeymoon after painting only
Honeymoon after
What a magnificent job, Kiki! You must have the patience of a saint to glue on all those Swarovski crystals. The finished shoes look like they really could be Louboutin masterpieces.
Here are a few tips to remember when you set forth on an endeavor like this that requires so much patience:
  • If you are trying to get a few more miles out of a cracked shoe, gently rub the damaged area with fine grit sandpaper before applying the paint.
  • When applying embellishments that are rigid (such as flat back crystals), test the shoe for the bendy bits. Crystals can pop right off the parts of the shoe that flex, even if you use the right glue.
  • Speaking of glue, we would recommend either E6000, carefully applied with a toothpick, or Gemtac for a project like this.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID! Your patience, and bravery, will be rewarded sheer excessive beauty. Just ask Kiki!
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