DIY | EMBROIDERED SNEAKERS GUCCI

Patches are still hot thanks to Gucci and these shoes are right on trend with a floral embroidered applique. An easy DIY to jazz up a pair of plain white sneakers that are perfect for spring. I love pairing these with jeans and they will also look pretty cool with cutoff shorts for summer. If you want to make them closer to the Gucci sneakers, feel free to paint the sides of the white sneakers! I personally liked the plain white with just the patch detailing.

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $30 (relative to the shoes you use as a base)

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DIY | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM BOOTS

I had originally wanted to post this DIY  3.1 Phillip Lim boots last year but never got around to capturing it so please forgive me if the boots look a bit worn down, I couldn’t resist wearing them. The original boots are no longer available and was exclusively made for men’s, but I think girls could totally rock the twisted rope look. Seeing as I would never be able to afford the real deal and I probably wouldn’t fit into the men’s sizing due to tiny feet I did what I do best, and made it myself! This is probably the first time my knot tying skills from those good old Girl Guide days have finally become useful once more!

Original Boots: retailed at $660

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INSPIRATION | Geology of Shoes

“from effects of erosive processes in nature as well as from traditional shoe making techniques. Special construction method has been developed and used across the collection. Multiple layersof leather scrap pieces are added on the last and subsequently sanded down to achieve the final shape and unique colour pattern of the shoe. Colour scheme is influenced by old geologicalmaps.” – Barbora

A truly riveting and inspiring collection influenced by the sediments of the earth, Barbora Vesela delivers it in the prettiest delicate forms from leather scraps. A beautifully produced video shows the unique process of which the sediment type shapes are formed onto the shoes as well as the labour intensive process of creating made to order. If you’re one to want unique shoes that no one else has these should definitely be on the top of your wish list! No two pairs are the same, even each foot with its own differences these will for sure be a prized item in the closet.
Get your made to order pair by emailing [email protected]com
Most interesting part is seeing the whole process, click here to view it: http://showtime.arts.ac.uk/veselab
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INSPIRATION | ALL WRAPPED UP AND PRETTY

 

 

Deck the halls with all that holly….I’ve been feeling particularly festive lately with it being December and the holidays right around the corner. Scoping out the blog-o-sphere I came across these bow detail heels and think they could be an awesome DIY addition for holiday style. How cute are they? It’s like your feet are all wrapped up, like a present!

Images from here, here and here

P.S. there’s also a sandal version!

 

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Kick Off Your Shoes


If you haven’t seen the Christian Louboutin Exhibit at the Design Exchange, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are a shoe fanatic like myself. I personally wouldn’t wear the majority of the shoes in the exhibit but their artistic nature is extremely compelling to analyze. Not only is Christian Louboutin a shoemaker, but he’s also a story teller. When I look at the shoes he designs, I feel as if they tell a story and you imagine a certain person strutting around in red soles.
The exhibit runs until September 15th. General admission tickets can be purchased online or on site.
By the way, I’ve been testing out my new 45mm f1.8 lens, how do you guys like the images? (More after the break >>>)
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DIY | MIU MIU SHOES

There are bag girls, and then there are shoe girls. I’m definitely a shoe girl through and through considering that’s usually the first section I scope out at any store. Admist the crazy Holt Renfrew sale, I spotted these Miu Miu oxford flats, not something I’d usually go for but the heel was quite intriguing. It looked somewhat ridiculous to be pairing rhinestones and glitter together but what the heck, they could look fantastic on the feet.
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DIY Inspiration: Cut Out and Bound

It’s Net-a-porter’s semi annual clearance, so now you know what my home page will be set to for the next few weeks. All wonderful designer items on sale at a price I can potentially covet at. While going through the site, I realized that these 3.1 Phillip Lim cut out leather and stingray ankle boots were looking vaguely familiar. Of course it was reminiscent of the Zara close toe strappy sandals from their TRF Lookbook which I’ve seen previously; silly me for not paying attention to the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway!
Shoes on the left are from Zara (here); shoes on the right from 3.1 Phillip Lim (here)
I definitely love the hits of colour and metallics in the 3.1 Phillip Lim version and it is a simple DIY with the TRF shoes. Grab some paint, a brush and some drying time patience (which can be like watching paint dry). See what I did there??? Yup, I’m pun-tastic!
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It’s All in the Heels

Scrolling through pages of drool worthy photographs on Jak and Jil, these heels are oriental fabulous! A little bit of investigating and behold its Dries Van Noten Fall 2013 RTW collection. Oriental details seem to be a big part of recent fashion designer collections, it kind of wants me to break out the traditional Chinese garments tucked in the far corners of my closet and mix it into daily outfits. I really like how its a detail that isn’t screaming look at me, but subtly there; an elegant and intricate detail that makes you want to take a closer look. I can definitely see myself donning a pair of heels like this with boyfriend jeans and a white tee or dressing it up with a little white dress (since it is summer after all, the black can come back in the fall). 


Images from here & here

Heels from Zara (here)



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