This was so much fun!!! I got to do whatever I wanted to three awesome pairs of shoes without any pressure at all, I didn't buy them so the money issue didn't hold me back, Bron only said "lets see what else you can do" and left it at that (which was so cool, because I felt free creatively to make something that I would like for me and not feel like I needed to please the people who gave them to me), and I basically had everything I needed here.
In the beginning my sporty Mary Jane looked like this....
....then I cut a hole in the top. I hope they don't mind! I looked over at Ben as soon as I made the first cut and said "I totally just cut up a new pair of Sanuks!" LOL! From the first moment I knew I wanted this pair to either be a Mary Jane or look like a Mary Jane, so I put my pattern drafting skills to use in a whole new way, and drafted a curvy strap to cover up what I didn't want to see. I LOVED this pink surfer girl fabric and knew immediately that it would be perfect for these shoes. I added a wooden button to keep a sort of earthy casual feel. The rep for Buttons Etc. gave me those buttons at our last market and they were just perfect for this!
I wish I could get a good shot from the side wearing these because they are so cute, but you know how it is taking pictures of your own feet.
Next up was the black pair.
These are my gypsy shoes. Oh my! I have a hard time being inspired by black, but I came up with this paisley design that included a crochet flower.....you know how I love a crochet flower...and how I Love to crochet flowers.
I have to admit, these were my least favorite because I just couldn't decide on what to do, but I still really like them especially with jeans.
My artistic shoes started out like this.....
These are my favorite!! I wanted a hand drawn look, kinda like doodle stitching! I marked it out in pencil first but I wouldn't let myself go back and make it "perfect", that would have ruined it! I used the Sanuk slogan "Smile...Pass it on!" because I liked the thought of having these little hearts grow and grow until there was one big heart at the end, all because of a smile.
These will be so cute this summer!
They look cute with jeans too! I LOVE THESE!! Well, what do you think? Do you think I improved them or should I have left them all alone? LOL! Be gentle....