Posts Tagged ‘Shoes I covet’

My very own Cinderella shoes

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
My magical wedding shoes

My magical wedding shoes

No, they are not glass slippers but they certainly are magical.  :)

The story begins in a Llorraine Neithardt’s ShoeFineArt high heel workshop in NYC in mid-August.  My original vision for these shoes was more of an extension of my custom-made wedding dress.  The vamp was to be a key-hole design that mimicked the beadwork on my gown (which was inspired by the filigree on my engagement ring) and the heel counter was to be a bustled design that matched the skirt of my gown.  The class met first at Leather, Suede and Skins to pick out our outer and liner leathers.  At Shindo, a Japanese ribbon shop, I was drawn to a pleated white satin ribbon that was partially over-layed with a sheer champagne fabric.  At that point, I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I knew it belonged on these shoes in some fashion.  Then, at MJ Trimming, Lorraine helped me find the perfect pre-beaded trim for the vamp.  Back at the workshop, I changed my original vamp design to incorporate the beaded trim and we finished most of the original construction of the shoe.

Back home, I immediately started working on the trim-work design.  I still had visions of bustling the heel counter with the extra dress fabric that I had received from my dressmaker, but kept feeling drawn to figuring out how to incorporate more of the ribbon into my design.  I had also originally intended to only have the beadwork on the vamp and then decided to wrap the heel as well.  The heel that I had chosen was slightly too high for my last, so I made a 1/4 inch platform out of veg-tan, wrapped it with the mesh fabric from the beaded trim, and hand-beaded it.

The beadwork was finally completed but I was still struggling with my final decision on what to do for the d’orsay heels.  I wanted to layer the pleated ribbon but only had 1 yard of it and I also knew it was the last of the spool so I couldn’t order more.  I also did not want the bottom white layer to show as I felt it was too much of a stark contrast to the rest of the gold and champagne hues.  After working through several different designs, I decided to stretch the second and third layers over the first in order to diminish the bulkiness.

The end result far exceeded my expectations.  Part of me wants to preserve these shoes in a glass case . . . but another part wants to dance the soles off . . .

*Click on the pictures in the gallery to see additional commentary and double click to view a larger image.

The most adorable shoes ever

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Finished UGA Baby Booties

A really good co-worker friend of mine is having a baby … her first baby … and they have chosen not to learn the sex of the baby until it is born – because let’s face it, with modern technology there really are not many pleasant surprises in life anymore.  I wanted to surprise her with a pair of baby booties at her baby shower  (before the baby was born) so I was limited with what I could do not knowing the gender.

Thankfully, they are ridiculously loyal UGA fans, therefore I knew without a doubt that baby would be wearing red and black this football season.  (Real sacrifice too considering we are a Tech family – Go Jackets!)  ;)

Like every other endeavor I seem to take in my shoe-making journey, baby shoes were a first for me.  I went to Target and bought a pair of size 0-3 month  oxfords that I wanted to use as a pattern/measurement guide … then I destroyed them (all in the name of research so it’s justifiable).

Teeny Tiny Baby Shoe Pieces

Look at all of those teeny tiny pieces.  So adorable.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the entire construction of the shoes was sewn.  There were no harsh chemical glues used.  I was really worried about this for babies put EVERYTHING in their mouth, including their feet – no, especially their feet.

As with anything new I try there were several obstacles to overcome and unforeseen hiccups along the way, but regardless, I had so much fun making these.  All I request from the parents is one uber adorable picture of their bundle of joy in all it’s bulldog glory.

Click on the individual photos in the gallery to read more commentary on the entire process.

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)

Shoes I covet

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Christian Louboutin Nitoinimoi Bandage Ankle Boots

Christian Louboutin Nitoinimoi Bandage Ankle Boots

I am typically not a fan of ankle boots. . . .but I am so lovin’ these!

Shoes I covet

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

nicholas-kirkwood-s9052bThese shoes just scream to be paired with your favorite LBD.

Shoes I covet

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Christian Louboutin Winter 2008