Purple People Eaters

Purple People Eaters

Purple People Eaters

This design I created with my future sister-in-law in mind.  I wanted to do something cool and edgy for her.  I had originally intended on making her some sandals, but as she’s from the Great White North, I figured she’d get more wear out of a pair of shoes that actually covered her toes.

I purchased this fabulous purple suede leather a while back and knew that I wanted to use that for the liner.  I spent crazy amounts of time lining up the eyelets on the leather trying to decide what pattern I wanted to use.

Pattern design of eyelets

Pattern design of eyelets

This pair was the first time I made an attempt at sewing a smooth edge to the top line.  On the first one I had a little trouble piecing the two ends together but I figured it out for the other side.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

It was also the first time I used a different pattern for the liner than I did for the upper.  I did not want the heel portion of the liner to have the stitching down the back.

Inside view

Inside view

The sides are a little looser than I would have liked.  I was afraid to pull too tightly while lasting for fear of this resulting in the top line of the shoes too low on the foot for comfort.

Wide sides

Wide sides

These Purple People Eaters are the first pair of shoes that I have completed for someone other than myself or my fiance.  I’m excited to receive feedback from the recipient (both good and constructive).  I just hope she enjoys them half as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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6 Responses to “Purple People Eaters”

  1. Ian says:

    Nice design! What kinda tool did you use to put the rivets in? I’ve used a rivet punch tool (that look like pliers) from Amazon before, but those rivets fall right out. Yours look more solid.

  2. candi says:

    Thanks! I have one of those tools, but I prefer to pound them by hand. I have an eyelet setter with a matching anvil for each of the sizes of eyelets that I use. I’ve learned that the trick is to pound them on a hard surface such as a marble slab, and with a rawhide mallet. It takes significantly longer to pound them by hand but I think it’s totally worth it.

  3. Em says:

    These are beautiful! BTW-You’re other future sister-in-law lives where she’d get a lot of wear out of sandles ;)

  4. candi says:

    Thanks! I was worried you might see this before I finished yours. . . .I need an accurate measurement of your size and wasn’t sure which one of your shoes I could sneak and measure during family dinner night that fit best. Now I can just “borrow” your best fitting sandals next week when we all get together. :)

  5. Em says:

    Ya! I usually wear around a 9, but it can depend on the width of the shoe. So, you’re welcome to measure my foot anytime :) Or borrow a shoe!

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