Gimp, Sprinkles, & Comics - Shoe projects!

1 & 2 - I did these about a year ago, but do to fit problems with the (extremely cheap) shoe I've never actually worn them! I've glued red and blue gimp (that flat plastic ribbony stuff) to the bottoms using a glue gun. It was months after I finished the shoes that I finally thought 'hey, I should have just painted those.' Lyn* totally had the right idea to use nail polish. Alas.

3, 4, 5 - These are covered in nonpareils - the spherical sprinkles. I covered the shoes in contact cement and dipped them in the sprinkles, then added the trim and abstract bow in licorice. I've worn them once so far and they held up really well. The original shoe is the same colour blue as the insole, which is awesome because I left the heel uncovered and the pop of blue looks great against the candy.

6, 7, 8 - These are Modge Podged and covered in a collage of comics (HackSlash). I added a black ribbon trim so it would seem more like comic book panels. I haven't worn these out yet - but I think they should hold up really well.

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  • April replied 10 years ago

    Wow -- totally cool! Will you post a photo of how you style an outfit with these?

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  • lyn* replied 10 years ago

    I am totally making Tintin Boots.

  • Vildy replied 10 years ago

    I'm crazy about the comix shoes.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Wow, you are so creative! Love!

  • catgirl replied 10 years ago


    I die.

    I can't bear to hack up my Tintin comics, though...

    Girl X, these are the fabbest shoes I've ever seen someone DIY.

  • bj1111 replied 10 years ago

    love love love the much inspiration.

  • Jjsloane replied 10 years ago

    Very clever all of them. I want to bite into the candy ones!

  • Ornella replied 10 years ago

    How on Earth did you cover the shoes by the comic?!?!
    I almost cannot believe what I see :)))

  • Girl X replied 10 years ago

    April, I have a recent WIW with the candy shoes that I'll put up soon, but really I think they'll be easy to pair with anything - I tend to envision the candies and comics with dark skinnies.

    Lyn* you absolutely must make TinTin boots! But please don't destroy your TinTin comics - photocopy onto fax or tracing paper and use that instead.

    AlaskaGirl - Thanks! All three were super simple to do, just messy, sticky, and in the case of the gimp, really tedious.

    JJSloane - There will be no snacking on the candy shoes, they're sprayed with sealant so they're kind of toxic now!

  • Aida replied 10 years ago

    Those are awesome!! So very clever. The comic shoes are especially amazing, the black ribbon trim is genius. These must be so much fun to style ^^

  • Heather replied 10 years ago

    Girl X, you are SOOOOOO crafty and clever! Bravo!

    Is it wrong that the non-peril shoes make me hungry? :D

  • rae replied 10 years ago

    How fun/amazing/fabulous! You'll have to let us know how they hold up!

  • lyn* replied 10 years ago

    I have a Tintin comic I bought at a Garage Sale that had a few pages missing (didn't know this at the time). I have since replaced the comic but I kept the other portion to make crafts!

    I also want to make a pair of shoes with a medical dictionary :D

    "You have gout, see here on my heel, this is a picture of a toe with gout."

  • Joy replied 10 years ago

    Those candy shoes look like cupcakes for the feet! So creative! I love the comic ones too. You did such a great job with the details. Did you spray the comic shoes to seal them after the Modge Podge dried?

  • Debora replied 10 years ago

    OMG, these are amazing! You should be a shoe designer. You better copyright these looks pretty quick before someone steals your genius. Yes, let's see outfits with them!

  • Girl X replied 10 years ago

    Ornella - it's really just a collage. Modge Podge (craft glue that dries clear) and cut out comics, edged in ribbon. I think the ribbon really makes it though.

    Heather - they make me hungry too! I actually ate nearly the entire bag of licorice while I was making the shoes - it's just luck that I had a couple of strands left for the trim.

    Lyn*- yea for people who sell comics with missing pages! You're really just going to be making a collage on a weird surface - you'll put down a bunch of background filler (full panels), and then your nice foreground images on top (cut outs of people and word bubbles). If you really do this on a boot, try to wear the boot for a while first so you already have creases etc at the ankle, then you'll be able to press the comics into the crease, so later when you're walking you won't tear the collage. Also - please take tons of pictures! I didn't take enough in progress images and regret not having them.

    Joy, I used contact cement to glue the sprinkles on, then sealed with a clear spray.

    Debora, when I was looking for a sealant that wouldn't melt the nonpareils, I actually found pictures of other sprinkles shoes! But I've been sewing etc for long enough not to be disappointed - I swear, *nobody ever* gets to be the first :)

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    KILLER to the power of KILLER.

  • bella replied 10 years ago

    wow, I'm really digging those comic shoes! so creative...

  • Briar replied 10 years ago

    You are so creative and talented! I love them all. If I wore the sprinkles shoes, I think I would be hungry all day! Do you have a special cabinet setup for these jewels?

  • Diana replied 10 years ago

    So cool! I especially love the comic book ones.

  • Refugee replied 10 years ago

    Ooh, I want a pair of comic shoes made from issue #1 of Models, Inc.

  • elpgal replied 10 years ago

    So awesome! Those shoes are too fab for words.

  • Deborah replied 10 years ago

    I am in awe of your creativity. They look amazing... And professionally done.

  • Patty replied 10 years ago

    Great Caesar's ghost Batman those are awesome! You'll have to do this with some of your own drawings!!!
    And the sprinkles make me think it's time for a double double at Tim Horton's!

  • Girl X replied 10 years ago

    Patty, you know, I hadn't even considered using my own drawings. What a blind spot! I'll have to remedy that with my next project :)

  • Patty replied 10 years ago

    Excellent!--and don't forget your camera for a stepXstep!

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