August 21, 2009
I spotted these pin-dotted navy blue suede lace-ups on sale at the local Zara last week, and though I was already at a loss for luggage space, the absurdly low price dictated I had to get them.
I’ve been eyeing this pair even when it was priced at about 80% higher than what I paid for, the subtle patent piping really went well with the blue suede.
But as I was handing over my cash at the register, it struck me that this pair of shoes would be a great starting point for a DIY version of these green velvet Lanvins laced with black satin ribbons that I previously blogged about:
I was a trip to the gift-wrapping shop away from my very own DIY Lanvins! I couldn’t help myself, it just had to be done. Here they are:
black satin and navy, a quietly elegant pairing
As easy as it looks, I wouldn’t be quick to naming this the easiest of my DIY projects ever, it takes a little finger-aching manual labor to thread the wide satin ribbons through the little lace-holes, and some common sense to configure the lacing to make the ribbon lines sit nicely atop the shoe, as opposed to having them cross over each other. They’re no Lanvins, but they’re (partially) the work of my hands!
I went ribbon-crazy at the gift-wrapping shop the next day, purchasing the same wide satin ribbon in four rich hues.
burnt orange, gold, magenta and olive, which one to thread next?