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Louboutin, there’s no shame in being a three minute man
March 12, 2012

Louboutin is a man with erectile dysfunction and Vibram soles are Viagra.

I preface this post by saying that I’m not looking for sympathy, I just want to whine a little. Read with a roll of the eye.

I’ve had these shoes for a while but they only had their first outing a few days ago:

Simple 100s pre walking red soles

I put them on in the front hallway just before leaving the house. I walked to the car and climbed in. We parked directly across from the restaurant so I walked from the car to the restaurant. While seated at our table, I had my legs crossed most of the time, so at any given moment, only one shoe was ever touching the floor. The restaurant is carpeted but for full disclosure: I walked from the restaurant entrance to the table, the table to the bathroom, the bathroom back to the table, and the table to the coat check, and then the coat check to the door. Then of course from the restaurant to the car, then again the car to the house. This time we went in through the garage, which is about 8 steps. I walked on pavement for less than 3 minutes, and on carpet for about 1, which gets us to a grand total of 4 minutes of walking.

This is the aftermath:

Simple 100s post walking red soles

Not so bad at first glance. It’s the toe that’s the problem. That isn’t just the red that’s worn off there, it’s an actual hole. If I put a pin through, it can go in about 3mm at an angle before it meets any resistance. And no, this is not an anomaly. This is the real reason women who buy these shoes have the red Vibram soles added. It isn’t to preserve the red, it’s so your feet don’t touch the pavement after walking for more than 15 minutes. What’s crazy is that the rest of the shoe is pretty indestructible. But the non-platform sole – you’d be better off walking the street in athletic socks.

I love my Louboutins, but damn – how can such an otherwise perfectly made product be so shit when it comes to the second most vital part of the shoe? I know, platform Loubs are more durable – you lose the red and that’s about it, but I’m not a platforms gal. The beauty of the shoe is how thin the sole is, but the thin sole – well I already mentioned the athletic sock. Alas, time to pick up another Vibram sheet and start searching for an expert cobbler. The funny thing, if you’re willing to add Vibrams and resole now and again, the shoes last forever. Or whatever the non hyperbolic version of forever is.

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Big this week…
March 11, 2012

 Surprised to see how much (more) weight I've gained.

The Littlest Princess got engaged - and the rock is kinda huge (still gorgeous and tasteful)

All my hairstyles together at last.

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Project: August 20th 2011
Comic Book Shoes!
August 20, 2011

I had this pair of awful pink platform shoes, they pinched, they’re ugly, and if they got totally destroyed I’d be glad to be rid of them. So when I needed a pair to experiment on, they were it.

HackSlash comic book shoes!

Modge podge and a Hack Slash comic later …

HackSlash Comic Book shoes!

HackSlash comic book shoes!

I used the ribbon to line the shoe edges, so it would have more of a comic panel feel.

HackSlash comic book shoes!

HackSlash comic book shoes!

HackSlash comic book shoes!

They turned out awesome – but they still pinch!

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Project: Decorated shoe bottoms!
August 14, 2011

This is a repost of my shoe bottoms project from last year – Obsessive + Picky = Gorgeous Shoe Bottoms! – in honour of my current shoe projects.

I love adding visual interest to shoe bottoms. It’s this blank slate that usually is pretty bland and sometimes even kind of ugly – why not turn it into a proper accessory? I used to love the Louboutin red bottoms, but now I’ve begun to feel like having them is about the same as having a logo emblazoned across your chest. That probably isn’t going to stop me from wearing mine – since the shoe itself is totally awesome, but I’m probably not going to buy more of them either (the Princess sighs with relief).

Gimp covered shoe bottoms

Gimp Shoe Bottoms

I love these shoe bottoms, unfortunately the actual shoe doesn’t really fit well. The elastic slingback stretched out somehow and now the shoes are too big – so I’ve never actually worn them out of the house. I’ll have to figure out a way to shorten the slingback.

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Project:July 8th 2011
Candy + shoes = awesome!
July 8, 2011

Yea! Once I had the right glue, these were super easy to put together. I used contact cement (after failing miserably with Modge Podge) and applied the glue in thick globs, dividing the shoe into 4 parts: toe, heel, instep, and – er – outstep? Then pressed the glue covered area into a large tupperware filled with nonpareils. I used red licorice ropes to line the shoe and glued a sort of bow on the top.

Let it dry, spray with sealant, and tada! Candy shoes!

I know I took more progress images but I can’t find them anywhere. I can be trigger happy with the delete button.

Nonpareil shoes in progress

Non parareil shoes complete!

Nonpareil shoes in action

A few sprinkles have escaped, but not many. Really, the licorice bow is the most fragile part of the shoe.

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