DWomen love shoes. It’s a cliche because it’s so common. From Marie Antoinette to Imelda Marcos to Stacy London, women and their shoe collections have inhabited almost any available walk-in closet space for ages.

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What about the gentlemen? Aren’t they worthy of opulence and excitement from the ankle down? Fabulous over-the-top men’s designs just don’t get the same press! Well, that’s going to change TODAY! Great men’s kicks exist, factory and DIY.

First today, Margot’s friend Judi sent us a couple shots of these incredible shoes she spied through an Australian store window. (Sorry, we don’t remember which. If you know, please tell us!) They sure know how to do footwear down under!

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Next we have a great example of gorgeous men’s shoes from an fearlessly intrepid DIY genius, Ron (aka Ronnie), whose work we last published on this blog in November. Ron asked for a little how-to assistance about his creations. He was recreating a pair of oxfords for himself and was having a little trouble getting the paint to stay put in the creases when he walked.

Margot advised him on what could be causing this issue, like forgetting to prep before painting, painting very old, dry leather, painting very VERY soft kid-glove-type leather (which doesnt take paint well), or not allowing the paint to cure three days before wearing the shoes. (BTW- Prepping is MOST important. Do not skip this step!)

After this quick S.O.S. email with Margot, Ron finished the shoes and sent us fabulous photos of his shoes. They are slick! I think they belong in that display window in Australia, myself.

New folderAs to how he made them, Ron told us:

My goal was to make a streaked color scheme that looks like Arizona’s Painted Desert.  I’ve attached some pictures; you can let me know what you think. I have had a lot of very long conference calls to do lately, so I had the time to paint (and put studs in) an old pair of oxfords I haven’t worn in a while. 

  Ron beforePainted desert
I did all the studs myself, just going with every other hole in the configuration of the original shoe. The shoe originally looked like this.I’d say it was about 8 to 10 hours of work overall, where more than half of that was piercing the leather and fixing the studs.  Probably took somewhere around three hours to do the paint (can’t really say, I broke it up into a bunch of small intervals).

This is really one of the best shoe transformations, Margot and I have seen! And the color certainly does look like the Painted Desert. We showered Ron with praise and kind words. He responded, “Thanks for the kind
words.  I think they turned out really well, too – almost to the degree of ‘Wait a minute, did I really just do that?” “
YES! You did! And yes, you can. All of you! Just let your imagination run wild and keep working on your shoes (or bag) until it goes right over the top from clever to fabulous!
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