Next up: 23Skidoos!
My inspiration was this pair of 1920s shoes from Shoe Icons. They were too cool to pass up.
I dyed the leather with Angelus leather dye in black and tidied it up with Angelus luster cream in black.
I then proceeded to go cross-eyed painting 8 leaves and the heel in gold and silver Angelus acrylic leather shoe paint. (I’m like a poster child for Angelus and American Duchess, but I’m too lazy to think outside the box and be creative with my paint/dye resources.) This paint is great but the silver and gold were a bit too translucent for this project and it took about 4 coats before the paint looked opaque enough to continue. I read after the fact (in the reviews) that it’s best to use an undercoat of mustard for the gold. It probably would have been an equally good idea to use grey under the silver.
Once it was painted to my satisfaction I used black paint for the veins on the leaves.
They’re definitely one of a kind!
Next up for shoes: Highburys!
These were rather simple. I used International Professional Fabric Shoe Dye A162 to dye them and added 15mm double faced silk ribbon in silver.
The dye went on VERY easily and was a dream to work with. Apart from one teeny tiny spot it looks as if I bought the shoes dyed.
The slippers were inspired these slippers at the MET:
Vandervell Evening Slippers. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1954. Accession number 2009.300.1468a, b
And now for the shoes.
First up in my two-shoe decorating series: my Astorias.
My inspiration image was this pair of pink satin wedding shoes from Shoe Icons.
I bought “dusty rose” Angelus leather dye from American Duchess and white beaded trim from M&J Trims. I proceeded to dye them and ended up with this:
Now in their defense they are imperfects, I’m a sloppy dyer, and I had black dye on my hands that I hadn’t bothered to wash off. But hot pink? Really?
So at this point my options were
I decided it was safer to go with paint.
Off I went to American Duchess again and bought Angelus acrylic leather paint in “pink” and “champagne”. The goal was to try and get a slightly brown based pink. I didn’t want it too pink or too tan. Apparently that’s not easy to do.
I mixed up a batch of what ended up being too brown and too watery paint and did the first coat. When I painted it on it looked like I was going to end up with nude shoes. It didn’t look pink at all.
By some miracle at the hands of the costuming gods after two coats I ended up with:
I love them! The paint was thin enough that the hot pink shines through. You can see the champagne paint but it almost looks like a trick of the eye. I’m not sure if I’m going to end up putting the trim on or not. I rather like them the way they are and the trim detracts from the color.
Now I just need a shiny new Edwardian gown to wear with them.
~Complete side note: I’d like to try this accident with black dye and gold paint someday. I’m thinking that VERY thinned out gold paint would give it a shimmery gilded look?
I have a problem with shoes. Not modern shoes like any normal female. No, I have a problem with historical shoes. Any time period is fair game, especially if they’re white and I can customize them.
I usually buy my shoes from American Duchess. I love the variety she offers and it is very easy to justify my purchases by explaining to everyone that I am doing what I can to help a small business stay alive, especially since it is a small business that we costumers/reenactors need. Telling people I simply WANTED the shoes would not do of course.
Every once in a while I splurge while things are on sale (other times I just splurge) and set them aside until a later date when I have the time to decorate them just the way I want. Recently I pulled four (!) pairs of shoes out of their boxes.
Stay tuned for posts on my newly prettified Astorias, 23 Skidoos, Nankeens, and Highburys!
American Duchess 23 Skidoo shoes in white
American Duchess Astoria shoes in white
American Duchess Highbury slippers
American Duchess Nankeen boots