Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shoe Customization: Corset Sandal

I'm kind of in love with these Alexander McQueen uber-tough ankle-tie heels. They're kind of scary but I would love to be able to add more toughness to my wardrobe with them.

But they're about $1000+. Sooooo, I'm not going to get them anytime soon, I don't think.

I wanted to find something that would have a similar feel but be easier on my wallet. Especially given the fact that they are not what I would call a "classic-wear-anywhere" shoe.

After some searching I found these corset style heels. They're actually a bit trashy (the brand is "Pleaser" for Pete's sake!) but since they were only $35 I felt I could make something out of them.

The style seems simple enough that they don't look totally trashy. My biggest issue was with the clear heel. I felt I could paint them and you'd be none the wiser.

So I dug into my pile of arts and crafts supplies and got my acrylic paint and paintbrushes out.

Before. After.

Not too bad, huh?

Not one to leave well enough alone, I thought it might be fun to add a contrast heel... and some glitter. Yeah, glitter might be too much but if it starts to look too crappy I can take off the paint and then just repaint them solid black.

Granted not the best lace up job here...

but I think they'll be pretty cute with this black sequined dress I just got.

Sexy, not too trashy right? The simplicity really helps.


Not a bad solution for the price.


gilda said...

i love the glitter pink thing you did!!! cooooooool!!!!! it's a huge improvement from the pleaser version. hee hee!

Sal said...

SO much better. The glitter is just perfect. Well done!

Gala Darling was sporting those McQueens a few weeks ago ...

Princess Poochie said...

Sal - yes, I saw them on her. And they looked smashing! I'd love them too.

Thanks Gilda!


WendyB said...

Great work! And Agathe from Style Bytes used to get great shoes from Pleaser all the time.

Princess Poochie said...

Wendy -
I'd never heard of them before. I'll have to keep my eye out for more.