I've been craving a pair of blue shoes for ages, and given how difficult it is for me to find any shoes at all that fit...
These started out as a clearance pair of Xero Hana shoes; I took a chance and it turned out that their men's last is acceptable for my hard-to-fit feet. But I sure didn't want boring beige...
So, the first step was to mix up some indigo blue acrylic paint, and carefully paint the canvas. I also used a brown sharpie to color the elastic on either side of the tongue. The laces that came with these shoes were much too long, and the ends dragged on the ground in a way that would be a trip hazard, so I removed them.
While the shoes were wearable sans laces, I remembered that I had stashed a few replacement laces kits for my former Keen water sandals. It wasn't too difficult to adapt the instructions to work for these shoes.
Since the shoes are now blue with brown (and spiffy black laces), they will coordinate with basically all my clothing, and will be a chance for me to trade out my heavy Keen work shoes for a lighter more minimal/flexible shoe in the summertime.
I really like how adding the Keen elastic laces makes the shoes look more "finished"... although I might not be finished with these - it is tempting to add some decorative painted motifs to the uppers
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||charter #2||stripey vest buttons||chicken wire|
|2||2 tiny enamels||bead swag ends||-|
|3||blue floral blouse||painted shoes||-|
|4||Sólbein cardigan ||new elastic laces||-|
today's gratitude - ever and always the wellspring of kindness from friends...