Do you ever find a pair of shoes that you can't bear to leave in the shop--only to discover they don't have your size?
That happened to me when I wandered into Primark during my trip to Portsmouth, and again a few days later when I went to the Crawley branch of the same store.
Alright, so Primark isn't a designer store or even a fancy one, it's cheap and cheerful fashion.
But damn, if I didn't want those glittery gold canvas boots.
Unfortunately the racks in both branches were filled with size 5-6, and little else.I have big feet, and though Primark do my size, it's usually 'in selected styles only' (and usually sold out).
It was clear that I couldn't have those beautiful boots.
If I wanted some, I'd have to make my own.
I bought some plain boots from the men's shoe section (£10, don't mind if I do), then went online and ordered some fine iridescent gold glitter.
Though I had a vague idea of how to stick the glitter down, I googled for some tutorials to find out what works best.
Eventually I found the Step-By-Step DIY Glitter Sneakers tutorial on about.com, which appeared to have the best end result!
It worked pretty well; there are very few places where the glitter has come off, which is where I didn't spread it on evenly. It was fiddly to brush it on around the eyelets and I ended up using the applicator sponge to wipe it over them, cleaning them up before the mixture dried.
The hardest part is getting a photo of them in all their iridescent sparkly glory. They look amazing in sunlight, but it hasn't been sunny since I peeled off the masking tape and laced them up--so you'll have to take my word for it!
Am counting this DIY towards a goal from The List:
80. Refashion/upcycle 3 items of clothing
Smothering boring not-quite-white-not-quite-grey boots in glitter totally counts as a refashion!
If I had space (or need) for more shoes, I would absolutely be making more of these in different colours!
This is refashion 2/3. The first was a refeshioned retro dress...