Shoe Face Lift

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I bought these flats at a strange and yet totally awesome shoe store called Urban Shoe in Gander, Newfoundland, on a completely bizarre road trip with my parents in October of 2008.  I then proceeded to wear them to death for the next five years.  While the shoes themselves are still structurally sound, and will likely survive the next nuclear apocalypse because they’re quite well made, the leather is scuffed and scruffy, and I have since had to replace them with another pair of go-to leather flats I can wear to work.  But I’ve been loath to throw them out, so they’ve languished in my closet.

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Then I found this glitter paint at Dollarama and I figured, hey, why not?  It’s not like I have anything to lose, right?  I also had some glitter glue left over from Cait’s and my failed experiment with bouncy balls.

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I put a bit of painter’s tape over the heel and got to work with a paintbrush.

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I knew that paint would get all over the place, but I figured most of it would come off again after a while.  The heel was just a larger part where I wanted to limit the paint’s access.

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I dabbed the sparkle glue on the bow, for variety.

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This is four coats of glitter paint in.  I think I’m happy with it.

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I used Mod Podge gloss finish as a shiny top coat and sealer.  I’m not sure how long they’ll hold up to regular wear (I pretty much only wear them in the office and maybe two and from the car), but I like the facelift, even if it’s only temporary.

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They did crack a bit along some pre-existing creases on the side but it’s not that noticeable.

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

18 thoughts on “Shoe Face Lift”

  1. I love this idea. May try it on a pair of shoes I bought in haste and that have never made it out of the box as they are not the most attractive in hindsight!


  2. I just wish my favourite shoes were ‘structurally sound’! As they are not and I have to throw them away in a week or two, I won’t be able to try your marvelous idea. Sorry.


  3. Hi Ali, the result looks great, but to be honest, I don’t like the last photo, where you are wearing those shoes with grey socks. I would not use socks in the shoes. But other than this: great job 🙂


    1. Haha, I wasn’t going to wear socks either, and I normally don’t, but it was absolutely FREEZING the day I did this and I couldn’t bring myself to take them off even for a second! 🙂


      1. 🙂 ahhhh, okay. I was wondering… I also have two pairs of sandals which I can’t throw away, I just love them… Why was the situation so bizarre, when you bought them at a trip?


      2. My dad had to go to Gander for a Sea Cadets conference, and my mother and I tagged along. It poured rain all weekend and the only real sights we could see were the Gander mall, and this absolutely amazing shoe store in town. We met a lot of really strange people that weekend in town for the conference, and ate some terrible food. But the shoe store was a highlight.


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