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Shoes Get the Death Penalty

Destroying My ShoesSometimes even shoes you love, must be subjected to the death penalty. No electricity required, just scissors or a garbage can. I tend to push the limits with my clothing, especially my shoes. Thrift shoes are both wonderful and not at the same time, as this footwear is already worn in so they tend to be far more comfortable than new – however this also means their life span is a lot shorter than you would expect. Both a positive and a negative in their own right.

Don’t get me wrong I loved these white flats with the ankle buckle, it really pained me (quite literally!) to have to enforce this terrible fate. The first few times I wore them they were perfectly fine, but due to the slick lining my feet did occasionally slide or sweat. Very strange sole I can honestly say I haven’t seen a shoe like it. The last two times I gave these shoes a chance at life they tore up my toes in the most excruciating and annoying way possible. No three strikes for these bad boys!

 

I did happen to find a pair of 725 Originals white (replacement) flats at Value Village last week. Very simple and sweet. So I took those home and later that evening decided to take the buckle flats off the shelf. They didn’t go far, just to the floor as I decided what to do with them. It then occurred to me the part I liked about them was the ankle buckle – unfortunately I’m not able to redesign these new flats with the same ankle design but I could reconstruct them to be a decorative addition to the toe of the shoe. As it exists now, the design at the toe is a simple knot which I will be removing and attaching the buckle piece across in its place.

I didn’t have my glue gun handy so I couldn’t do this all in one go, so it is still a work in progress. I cut the buckle flats in such a way that they could be worn, by removing the toe completely – which is what was cutting my toes in the first place and removing the back zipper as well as the buckle. I plan to see if they are salvageable by painting them, adding either an elastic or ribbon to the back where the zipper used to be… I’m not 100% sure what I’ll do, but what’s the worst that can happen? These painful shoes go in the garbage!

Reconstruction

Dress ReconstructionI often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.

I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.

I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.

The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.