7.08.2010

Strapped

I know, I know, more shoes, you ask? This girl must be out of her gourd!  Probably so. But these aren't actually SHOES, I promise! Summer does crazy things to one's brain- one of those things was my thinking about the crystal spike platforms I made way back in the fall.  But now, what with the 102 degree heat wave that has me contemplating how much of my body I can stuff into the freezer, icy things are looking even more appealing.

Anyway, when I made the crystal spiked shoes the first time around, it was on a whim, basically from wire and spit, which is fine if you only plan to wear them out once, and tip toe with great delicacy.  This time around, I wanted a more permanent solution to my crystal spiked dilemma, and so I came up with this answer: harnesses.

I fashioned them out of nude and black harness leather, and fastened them with rivets, so they're very secure. I also used LONG straps so that you can secure them on nearly any shoe, or even up a leg... The more strap, the more possibility for layering and texture.



Long straps mean plenty of layering possibilities.  The next few pictures are the same vachetta leather crystal spiked harness, worn on the front of the foot, and then as a crystal spine on the back.




 

Black harness.  Different design, same idea:



A vachetta version of the black harness, worn differently.



And the best part? The thing that excites me the most? You can layer them!! Two harnesses... three harnesses... four harnesses...


Five harnesses... (excessive? More, more!!!)



And from the back:



And up close.  (I'm cheating a little, these two are harnesses I made but haven't had a chance to shoot. Soon, I promise!)


 

53 comments:

wekilledCOUTURE. said...

no words can describe how much i am in love with these.
you are a genius.

Cheers,
Madeleine Louise
www.wekilledcouture.com

Sunshine said...

so effing sick.

Susan said...

LOVE THEM! My dear, you are insane (meant as a compliment, of course) as well as insanely creative. Can't wait to see what you dream up next.

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

Wow! Amazing idea!

Prêt à Porter P said...

Take that GIVENCHY!!!

ModestMix said...

Ok i really really really REALLY wish you could put up a picture of what these shoes (or any of your shoes) look like from afar--at least from the knee down, just to see what the overall impact is like. Because all your shoes look so fantastic but all i get is these super close-ups with massive detail and it becomes overwhelming, you know? Pretty please far away picture? Pleeease?

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

ModestMix-Will do. The reason I don't post any is due to my ridiculous laziness with outfits! But on second glance, I can see how it might be overwhelming, without that perspective.

Fashion Infusion said...

You are Uuuuuuuhmazing!!!!!! your creactivity and imagination are INSANE!!!! LOVELOVELOVE this SOOOOo much!!!!!

lucinda said...

Wow! These are the best shoe harnesses I've seen - I love the way they fit the shoe.

enimie said...

Please sell these on etsy/eBay/dawanda/wherever!!

Julia M said...

I really really want one of these harnesses now! I think I'd use it as everything from a shoe accessory to a headband.

Madame G said...

I must have these in my life. MUST! I'll pay top dollar - get them on etsy - please xx

Linda said...

lol, i love how crazy your photos got towards the end of the post.

Little Bird said...

Can I please just live in your closet?

Agneta said...

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you are still going the best!! thanx for lovely comment on my blog!!

agneta, the swe.... ;)

theresa Cheek said...

"Long straps mean plenty of laying possibilities'.......uhmmmm....Freudian slip perhaps??? either way, I am sure these shoes will produce both results!

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

Ahahahahaha oh that's embarrassing. Good catch, Theresa. Fixed. But on second thought, maybe editing was a mistake...

agatiszka said...

That's awsome idea!! You can make any kind of decoration like that. Love it!!

http://agatiszka.blogspot.com/

Jill said...

You've certainly taken it to the next level! Wow!

Danika said...

Love it. Where do you get your spikes? I notice you have some really neat ones, like the curved one.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

ok...you are brilliant. I almost died toward the end of this post!!!

Louise said...

Holy crap! Absolutely amazing, beautiful and lethal I bet. How many accidental hand-stabbings happened during the shooting of these beauties? x

reiintokyo said...

DAMN i am thoroughly amazed with these shoes. they have such great editorial appeal and potential.
i love how you put the spikes inside, awesomely creative!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

Leathercraft for Beginners! I don't think so. I thought at first these might be body harnesses but that's taking masochism a bit far. Or there again, not.

I am going to put your lush blog on my favourites list even though I might not be able to withstand the competition!

Vava Sexkitten said...

the last layering is fucking creepy
its a little too much i think :3

william said...

Crystals and spikes are a strange, but very appropriate combination. The effect is stunning.

meg // morningmidnight said...

lauren, you're unbelievable. these (and the last post) are amazing, love the combination of the crystals and metal spikes (so tired of studs on everything though i'm guilty of it myself, this is much more interesting) and the leather straps. srsly want some of these, we demand an online store.

The Search for J Street said...

How do you not have your own shoe line already?! I love every single one of your creations.

home before dark said...

Would effectively stop that southern tradition of crossing legs at ankle.

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{ I V Y } said...

omg so mad!

Rachel said...

Oh my god. You're so talented it's funny!

Jasmin said...

I died. It's too good. No words...

ipsita said...

this is gorgeous! I want!! :)

dan said...

*love*

Anonymous said...

you must sell me all those harnesses!!!

Antonia said...

These a ridiculously insane in the best way possible. I agree with Anon, sell sell sell!

x Nia

WWW.LIVEGLAMORDIE.COM

Spizike said...

This is outrageously amazing. Please 1 question. I think you have a combination of 38mm and 76mm prisms. What size of rivets did you use to attach them to the harness?

Courtney said...

Girl...this is mind blowingly epic & truly inspiring!
I might need you to design some pieces for my next music video & tour!

The Chains of Love said...

Oh. Emm. Gee. I need to come over for a craft day!!

http://thechainsoflove.blogspot.com

Christina said...

I had the idea of doing something similar to this and now I would just feel like a copier. I want to buy some! Seriously, how much would you charge?

Cami said...

GIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL - YOU FUCKING RULE! This is a dream in shoe form. Well done on a striking and wonderfully accomplished piece of design X

Ola said...

Crazy!

jess said...

LOVE!!!!!! do you sell these???

Fashion Nerd said...

These are amaaazing! :D

CVNT said...

I don't even have the words for these pictures.
I CAN'T FUCKING SPEAK!
You should be worshiped.

Liz said...

wow. that is mad awesome!!

Derek said...

I was wondering the same thing as Spizike.
on your first Cinderella shoes you uses U-drop crystals, what are the crystals with the other attachment??

Paul said...

Wow i have a couple outfits i could use these with. Im a guard with the sisters of perpetual indulgence and these would be great...how can i get them!? :-) As a guard I wear a lot of leather and look tough (or try to! ;]) and these woud be fantastic!

ACIM said...

woooooooooooooooooooooooow

KAT + MUSE said...

omg i love these! needlessly vicious!

The HouseCat said...

Oh wow! These are GORGEOUS. I like the term "harness" it has this deliciously BDSM ring to it, especially when in conjunction with gorgeous black leather and spikes and crystal.

Anonymous said...

Wrap my coffin when i DIE.....PLEASE!

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