In February of 2009, Margot posted a blog about revamping a pair of Steve Madden hightops. These high-tops went to mixed-media maven, Erin Perry. Erin wore them to death, literally. The shoes failed, died, disintegrated, well, you get the point. It's safe to say they were a favorite in Erin's closet.
Erin lamented the loss of her Sassy Feet! sneakers and implored us to replicate her beloved design on another pair of shoes. These particular Maddens were procured in one of their clearance sales, so they no longer exist.
Margot substituted a pair of (approved) tennies instead and started by painting the white Keds-style shoes Neopaque Brown using her fan brush. Then, she tinted the white rubber soles with permanent alcohol ink in a shade named Espresso. It was called Adirondack Ink by Ranger (and it had to dry for three days to be truly permanent).
The original hightops had a neat embossed floral design that Margot had rubbed with Super Copper, making the design pop. The new shoes are much plainer. To fix this, Erin suggested she use a Tim Holtz Burlap patterned stencil from her mixed-media stash. Margot stenciled on an interesting mesh design with Super Copper on the inner layers, leaving unstenciled areas across the toe and heel. She also painted the tongue Super Copper.
All that was left to do was to re-stitch the brass stampings that adorned the toe caps onto the top of the new pair with some Smoke Fireline and a sharp, strong needle that would penetrate the canvas. She also ran the decoratively stiched shoelaces back through the eyelets.
Erin was so excited with the results, she featured them on her Mixed Media Blog, Altered by the Sea.
I'm in awe of the fact that Erin kept those shoes striding four and a half years! I love that we were able to pay tribute to them on a new shoe when her old favorites finally failed her. It's a true testament to how permanent and versatile this craft is.