Archive for April, 2010

The Dr. Martens you only wished you had

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
Cherry 50th Anniversary 1461

Cherry 50th Anniversary 1461

April 1, 2010 marked the 50th Anniversary of the original Dr. Martens 8 eyelet boot.  Did you know that they named them 1460 after the day they rolled off the assembly line?  To celebrate, they are offering a limited run of both the 1460 8 eyelet boot and the 1461 3 eyelet oxford in either black or cherry.  Each pair is limited to either 1,460 and 1,461 pairs respectively and handcrafted in the original UK factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire.  The leather is a special polished pebble leather and there are several gold accents such as gold eyelets, lace-ends, and even the footbed is gold. . .of course I had to order a pair for my man (my only fear is that they will now trump the blue shoes that I made him as his favorite pair).

These shoes truly are remarkable.  I just sat and stared in amazement when they first arrived.  They are beautiful.  I half-joked with my fiance about wanting to dissect them to learn all their tricks – I only half-joked as it is now my mission to find a decommissioned pair to do just that.

The special box

The special box

Certificate of Authenticity

Certificate of Authenticity

*(title courtesy of my fiance)

Exotic Kaleidoscope Heels

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Exotic Kaleidoscope Heels

Exotic Kaleidoscope Heels

Not sure that I can top the raising of the bar of these heels. . .not sure that I ever want to even try.

To say this design was a lofty and ambitious undertaking is the UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR!

. . . but so totally WORTH IT!

Santa stuffed my stocking last Christmas with two bags of exotic scraps.  The second I saw the brilliant pink/yellow/blue/etc. dyed exotic skins in those packages I knew that I wanted to make a pair of kaleidoscope heels (to match my kaleidoscope eyes – thanks RC).

The pattern alone was tricky to sketch.  Then I got the brilliant idea that I wanted the left and the right to be mirror images of one another so instead of cutting out two pieces of the same pattern on the same side, I had to remember to flip the pattern over for the opposite side.  I literally made my very own shoe pattern puzzle.

Shoe pattern puzzle

Shoe pattern puzzle

I did this for both the vamp (picture shown above) and the heel of the shoe.  From there I had to trace and cut out the patterns for each of the pieces from my selection of exotic scraps.  I ended up having to modify some of the placement of the pieces, as a few of my scraps were not large enough to accomodate the puzzle pieces that I had selected.

Once all of the pieces were cut, I barged each piece onto liner leather and hand-stitched each piece together and onto the liner leather.  Needless to say all that took me a while to complete.

Left vamp barged and prior to sewing

Left vamp barged and prior to sewing

I realize that these shoes are a bit out there for most but I think they’re pretty freakin’ cool.  I’ve never seen anything like them before and cannot wait to wear them to see the reactions that I get from strangers.  The complexity of the design and the act of piecing all of the different puzzle pieces together has given me many more ideas for designs yet to come.

*Click on the pictures for additional postings.