My oldest nephew is getting married this coming Friday in Connecticut. My husband suggested that I treat myself to a new fancy dress and a new pair of shoes from an upscale store for the occasion so I went to Nordstrom where I purchased this really nice navy blue dress that fitted me so perfectly that I didn’t need to take advantage of Nordstrom’s tayloring and fitting services.

Finding matching shoes was another thing entirely. Nordstrom had shoes but the ones I liked all had tall and spiky high heels. Unfortunately high heels and I do not mesh well together. I’m a tall, broad shouldered big boned woman. Wearing high heels would not only make me as tall as Frankenstein but I would also have trouble with walking in them.

I’ve always had this problem. When I was in the fourth grade, my mother bought me a pair of sandals that had thick yet tall heels on them (they weren’t outrageously high but they did add an extra inch or two to my height). I literally had trouble with walking in them. In fact, I had such a hard time walking in them that those shoes were relegated to church and other special dressy occasions. Even then I couldn’t walk too well in them and I always felt like I was walking in stilts. I was so grateful when I had a growth spurt that made my feet too big for those sandals. It was the last time I ever wore anything that even remotely resembled a high heel.

So I didn’t find any suitable shoes in Nordstrom’s. I looked around briefly in a few other places and it was the same result. I finally went to Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse where I found a pair of navy blue shoes that fitted me perfectly and didn’t have any high heels. The shoes matched the dress and it was passable enough for me to buy. The only problem was that I thought they were a bit on the plain side.

Shoes-Before
Shoes-Before

But then I remembered the Etsy meet-up in downtown Washington, DC a few weeks ago (see June 19, 2010 entry for details). During that meet-up, someone from the Oxford is Heaven Etsy shop did a demonstration where she embellished an old pair of shoes with flowers and ribbons and she used a hot glue gun to attach the new decorations to the shoes. I took a few photos of that demo, along with other photos from that event that you can view in my Flickr account as either a slideshow or individual thumnail picutres that you can view at your own pace.

So I had an idea on how to improve my new pair of shoes. Luckily there was an A.C. Moore’s located next to Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse so I looked around and found a few decorative items that I thought would go well with the shoes. For added measure, I also looked around at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics & Crafts where I found a pair of faceted buttons that I also thought would work well with the shoes.

Once I got the shoes home, I plugged in my hot glue gun and started working. It took about an hour or so to decorate the shoes. Once I finished, I admired my improved shoes. I am now ready to attend my nephew’s wedding in style.

Shoes-After
Shoes-After
Shoes-After
Shoes-After
Shoes-After

As to the total cost, I paid $35 for the shoes and an extra $8 for the trimmings. I’m looking forward to seeing if any of the other guests notice these shoes.

Shoes-Before and After

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