Day 15 & Some DIY shoe tips

Day 15 - A picture of your last mori purchase.

Ive already shared pictures of my last purchases in this post, but ive sinced spruced up the burgundy flats. and i wanted to talk about the process.

One of the hardest things about mori girl for me is the shoes, i often feel that the staples (flats, oxfords, boots) in my price range are too simple and bland! When i dressed "casual", my sneakers were often the highlight of my outfit, in cute pastels, silvers or gold. I like to wear statement shoes, but i can never afford them!

Im never one to allow just meh items to linger in my closet, so i have a simple solution to boring shoes: diy! Adding little details to shoes can make them seem of a much better quality than they really are, ill illustrate it with these elastic strap flats.

On the left is the plain one, to the right i added a leather arrow t-strap and painted the plastic sole gold. I got the idea for the arrow from a sandal tutorial on burdastyle, im a sucker for gold leather and arrows, so my heart was set on making a pair.

Here you can see what a change a bit of paint on the sole does! It really adds a bit of special-ness, a one of a kind feel.

Done! This is an extremely easy and quick way to add a high end feel to cheap items, if you have a boring staple piece, give it a makeover and its like buying a new pair, for *almost* free. Some of the things ive noticed that expensive shoes have (and cheap shoes lack) are:

1. interesting linings
2. detail on zipper pulls, buttons or buckles
3. contrast stitching
4. ribbon (as opposed to braided cotton) laces with detailed tassels or charms on the end
5. soles done in a contrasting color or material
6. treated leather (aged, distressed, coated etc.)

Some of these are more easy to diy than others, notably 2, 4, 5 and 6. Just doing one of these small alterations can make a big difference in a shoe! I have a kmart pair of boots i wear almost everyday in the winter, but i aged them with shoe shine, switched laces for red ribbons, and painted the heel cap gold. Now everyone asks where i got them, such surprised faces when i say they are from the Big K.

I hope this inspires you to give your blah shoes a makeover!

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