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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Adventures in shoe painting, part 4

This pair of scuffed-up, comfy shoes with bowling-shoe type styling were on their last leg. Even the inside of the shoes was pretty worn, but I knew I could get a few more wearings out of them and wanted them to go out with a bang.

Shoe ad from August, 1971 issue of Seventeen magazine I was again inspired by 1970s shoes (previous projects include clogs, sandals and spectator shoes). 

Using Jacquard Neopaque paints, I mixed my own colors and first painted the section closest to the sole an olive green color, I then painted the next section up hunter green. The topmost section was to be painted red. The above photo shows the first coat of red (when it was still too rust-colored. I later made it more red than orange). As with the yellow in the previous pair of shoes, I found that red colors required more coats to get good coverage.

I didn’t like the combination of olive green next to hunter green, so I added red to my olive green paint to make it more brown and painted a second coat. Here the stitched seams between the 2 top sections is unpainted. I was toying with the idea of painting them purple, but then decided to make them brown. The green and brown sections required two coats, the red need about five.

The finished shoes.

Not wanting to leave well enough alone, I thought about painting some embellishment on the red sections and used paper cut-outs to get an idea how they would look.

Two of my favorite motifs -- a moon and a star? (The red section doesn’t have its final coat in the this and the next few photos)

A faux-buckle?

A groovy flower?

Because the red section seems to elongate my feet, I’ve decided to fill in the toes with brown paint and do a large yellow star on each red section as in the mock-up above. I've been wearing the shoes for the past few weeks and will get around to finishing them this way soon.

Since I am linking this post to Lakota’s Ta-dah! Tuesday, I thought I’d throw in another ‘ta-dah.’

I usually make this quick and easy lasagna (from a recipe on FatFree Vegan Kitchen) with tofu as the recipe states. I was making it the other day and didn’t have tofu, so I substituted a tin of cannellini beans which I put in the food processor with sautéed garlic and some nutritional yeast. If you are avoiding soy for whatever reason, cannellini beans make an equally nutritious but more filling substitute. I made other substitutes based on what I had on hand, in this case, sautéed summer squash instead of mushrooms and Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds for the top. In the U.K., I'd use Vegusto No-Moo Melty. Both Daiya and Vegusto make non-dairy cheeses that are quite good.

Oh, and for another ta-dah, I made the two potholders in the photo from vintage 1970s fabric.

Check out the clever people on Ta-dah! Tuesday!

Reader Comments (4)

Another pair completely transformed! And that vegan lasagne looks GOOD.
Thanks for linking up.

Oh man, I am dying over here!!! I love what you do with your shoes so much. I am wanting to do this myself but with my foot problems I haven't yet found any at thrift stores that feel good enough on my feet.

I love that old Leeds ad. I use to buy shoes there all the time and I believe I even had a pair of those heeled two tone shoes. They sure bring back memories I can't quiet remember. ;)

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I just love that old advert, I'd die with joy if I found any of those shoes or boots in my size! Love your painted shoes, such a fantastic transformation, you are clever!
We had lasagne on Monday night, the cupboards were almost bare so it was filled with tinned tomatoes, kidney beans and lashings of chilli sauce and was delicious!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

I love the way you transformed those shoes. They look great.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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