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Fun With Shoe Fashion (On The Cheap, Yo!)


I love shoes. My husband thinks I’m insane, but I assure him that my modest collection pales in comparison to most. While lusting after Marianne’s Fluevog’s I started combing the webz for discounted ones and found all sorts of neato vintagey stuff, that I love. But then I came across an oldie but a goodie for sure: Shoe Clips!

OMZ! These are adorable!!! and I realized that they’re not for grannies and strange aunties (I do identify with the auntie bit myself, but I digress) these are mad-rad! So then I headed over to Etsy (My beloved!) and guess what? Tons of friggin’ shoe clips!

The great thing about shoe clips is you can make some yourself out of all kinds of junk and if you’re truly crafty, you can make more masculine ones for dudes, too! I am picturing anchors or steampunkish accents. Lovely! I say get whacky, get creative and have fun with it, dammit! Life is too short to be miserable just ’cause you’re broke as a joke (like moi)! You probably have some plain-jane kicks in your closet, now you can dress ’em up or make them funky! I love this idea so much!

And because I love all things DIY, I am so going to do this:

Upcycled Sweater Boots

You just need some flats, an old sweater, hot glue, buttons & a sewing machine. (I’m sure you could hand-stitch if you wanted to.) I am daydreaming of a small army of fats with DIY sweater boots telling the corporate retailers where to stick it with their too-small-for-my-calves boots! Ahem! *Clears Throat* Sorry. Depending on the sweater, I think this is a fab idea!

Have you made over something in your wardrobe into something mega-cool? Tell me about it!!! Send me any other fab-fashion ideas!

13 Comments to

“Fun With Shoe Fashion (On The Cheap, Yo!)”

  1. On December 3rd, 2010 at 12:16 pm TropicalChrome Says:

    Oh, those sweater boots! I can do that, and I could make them fit my Calves O’ Doom! I’ve bookmarked the instructions because I need to try, and maybe I can have those mid-calf boots I’ve been dreaming about :). Thank you for the pointer!

  2. On December 3rd, 2010 at 12:25 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    Please, please and please send me pics or an update when you do. I want to make them, too but probably won’t get to it until the week after x-mas. Thank you! <3

  3. On December 3rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm FW Says:

    I crocheted myself a pair of boots last winter using the same idea as the sweater boots. I was tinkering around making them until I saw that and ran out and grabbed some target shoes for the soles. They are super cute.

  4. On December 4th, 2010 at 10:16 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Oh! You did? That is fabulous! I wanna see pics! I crochet, too. I’m wondering, did you just crochet a big rectangle and sew it together? Thanks for commenting, I love your blog! <3

  5. On December 4th, 2010 at 11:21 am FW Says:

    I love your blog too! I did the top separately from the shoe portion, actually crocheting the boot part on the shoe, whereas the calf portion I crocheted and then sewed it together. I attached the yarn to the shoes by using a drill and putting holes in the shoes right above the soles and then using the holes to sew it on. I’ll take a photo later today, its finally cold enough to wear them. OH and I also used thrums and made them fuzzy inside. That was my major project last year.

  6. On December 4th, 2010 at 11:23 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Oh they sound lovely! I’ve never heard of Thrums, what are they?

  7. On December 4th, 2010 at 7:56 pm RoseCampion Says:

    Thrums are bits of roving or fleece basically

  8. On December 6th, 2010 at 8:55 am Not Blue at All Says:


  9. On December 5th, 2010 at 1:55 am FW Says:

    A video on how to insert thrums can be found here,

    Basically they are pieces of unspun fleece that make one side, normally the interior, of a project fuzzy. I just made a pair of thrummed mittens like in the video, although with a different pattern. They made things a little bit bigger because of their bulk but it tends to make space for the thrummed tails sticking out.

    BTW in the video she hooks the yarn around the thrum before yarning over before pulling through, I have never done this as it takes forever to do each stitch and have never found that it changes anything in the finished product.

    I’ve actually been meaning to write a blog about how to make the boots but I can’t find the pattern I wrote for them. I will probably take some better photos to put on my blog but here are the boots (and my cat heh).

    The buttons along the side are functional and the top actually wraps around the calf and overlaps so I have buttons inside holding that part together as well. I used a worsted weight wool yarn that I used two strands to make it more bulky. You could get a bulky yarn if you want, but I had a color I was trying to match so thats why I did it with the thinner yarn.

    I should be able to get a better tutorial together in a few days so watch my blog for it. =0)

    Here are the photos, my cat was bugging me so I decided to give him a hug.

  10. On December 6th, 2010 at 8:59 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Thank you for the info. Wow! Those are cute! I can’t do wool, unfortunately I’m allergic. But I can find some bulky cotton, perhaps. I will be keeping an eye out for that post! =0)

  11. On December 6th, 2010 at 11:03 am FW Says:

    No prob! I chose wool for the warmth so any kind would work but I would think that you could find some sort of loose yarn to put thrums.

  12. On December 7th, 2010 at 3:49 am Kath Says:


    Oh you’ve started something bad girl!

  13. On December 7th, 2010 at 10:53 am Not Blue at All Says:

    I never would have dreamed of wanting them, but damn those red hearts are adorable! I have just the black flats to go with them…hmmm. Ha-ha!

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