Every time I go to DSW I see so many cute versions of the oxford shoe. Then today I was drooling over some cute ones over on Amazon, but I had already bought Wendy Williams' advice book, and I only allow one silly splurge a day so buying shoes were a naughty no-no. Before I go and splurge, I think to myself..I have TWO pairs of plain oxfords at home, and pretty much an entire craft store in my studio. I finally decided to make-over one of my own plain black oxfords that I've had for years that I got from Target. They were just plain black when I got them.
If you are a crafty type like me, chances are you wont have to make a trip to the store to makeover your shoes. Here's what you will need:
-clear sealant (like mod podge)
Everything is fairly self explanatory, painting wise. Pick your color, and paint the shoes accordingly. I was going to do mint, but I feel like I use that color too much on things, so I switched over to a powder blue. I found that I needed to do about 3 coats to get full coverage. And I added little venus symbols to the backs! When its done and dry, seal it all up with mod podge, or something like mod podge. Use painters tape if you need!
For the laces:
This kind of depends on what you have. I had really short scraps of this cute retro floral, so I had to end up gluing them all together into one long strip to make one shoe lace. If you have longer strips, you obviously don't have to do that.
Once I was finished gluing the strips together (the were about and inch and a half wide, but this doesn't have to be exact) I put some glue on one side of the "wrong" side of the fabric, then folded it over and glued it together. Once this was all good n' dry, I fray checked the edges. This is important, especially once you start to lace them through the shoe holes.
When that's all done and dries, (I found that the fabric paint dried fairly quickly) cut the ends of the laces at an angle. Then wrap the ends in packing tape, or any kind of sturdy tape you have. Warp and wrap until the ends are nice and thin. I couldn't get mine thin enough to fit in the lace holes and ended up having to widen them with a metal awl. If you end up doing this, be sure to be careful. Don't hurt yaself, now. Then lace them through as you normally would with any shoe laces. Be prepared to tug at it if you had to glue of bunch of strips together, mine got stuck often and I had to do a lot of pulling. But I got it eventually!
Then your pretty much finito! I ended up tucking the laces ends in as a personal preference. I like a neater look. Still gotta trim up some frayed edges I must have missed, but they still came out pretty good, I think! I can only image what the laces would look like if I skipped the fray check...they would look hairy almost..haha!
Now go into your yard and show off your new shoes by levitating, as seen above.