I’ve been staring at these booties for a while, ever since Cher sent me the link to them, trying to decide if I wanted to attempt to make my own or not. I caved. I used a pair of lavender wedges I had, because they’re totally badass (haha).
You will need:
Shoes with a wedges/platform that can be penetrated by the thumbtacks (mine was rubber)
Thumbtacks (I used about 1,000)
Hammer (if your soles are harder)
Gloves (I suggest these because your fingers will get TIRED and these will help protect them)
Fabric glue (this probably shouldn’t be optional)
I started with one shoe, in the very front. I followed the curve of the shoe around and tried to space the thumbtacks accordingly.
I underestimated the amount of thumbtacks I would need VASTLY. I originally thought 300 thumbtacks would be the correct amount for both shoes. Not even close. 300 didn’t even cover ONE shoe. I had to go back and order more! (I used about 500 on EACH shoe)
I went around and followed the curve a second time, overlapping slightly and trying to cover as much of the original twine as I could, without making the tacks stick out.
Third time round, same thing.
This time, I did it a little different. The front of my shoes fit four rows, so I kept the bottom row at the bottom of the shoe. I figured I would just fill in the middle after the row on the bottom was in. If you look at the picture of the JC shoes above, they follow the same pattern, although those shoes only have three rows in front.
See? It’s kind of in a pattern, but not really.
(Yes, my feet are turned out. You’re looking at the insides of my heels. Yes it hurt. My hips were sore after this photo… Haha)
The funny thing is some of the tacks had little marks on them, but once they’re on the shoes, you can’t even tell. I also didn’t glue mine down, but I should’ve. I knocked a couple out, as did Loafy because she fought with the left shoe (don’t ask). I have a few options I’m going to try, so I’ll let you know what works.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this cost me about $20. The JC shoes run about $150.
Any questions? It was really easy, and once I had ALL the tacks, it took me about an hour total, but I was lucky with the rubber heels on my wedges. It could take longer depending on how quickly you work and what your wedge is made of. My wedges are from GoJane, which has a variety of wedges you can chose from, many under $20! I also had to special order my thumbtacks from Detroit Pencil Company. I couldn’t find ANY at Target or Meijer. I think Staples or Office Max will carry them, but you might have to order them.