Let me explain. Dearest readers, I have a little story for you today. It begins with Kristin over at Nike contacting me (Ahhh what?! Nike? Right?) to essentially rebuild (jack up?) a sneaker. The conversation went something like this: "I like your insane heel with spikes in it, do you think you could do something like that with a sneaker?!" (That's an oversimplification, a little.) Ahh, YES! ...
Above, the sneaker in its finished glory.
But sneakers? About that. I'm not sure whether this was out there, but it might as well be now: the only athletic shoes I actually owned prior to this project are ones I've had since, well... too long to remember, and I used them exclusively for running, which means that I used them, oh, never. (Who actually likes running? I never run!!)
I remembered why I
I love a challenge. And I loveloveLOVE things that I hate, things that scare me. You know that. Sneakers? Turns out we're a perfect match.
Here's what I was faced with (minus a few that got away somewhere). Okay, so I'm into this red. It reminds me of Dorothy's ruby red slipper. (I was also feeling the black pair that somehow disappeared from this shot, more on that in a later post...)
Ruby red slippers? Try ruby red sneakers, a shoe with... TEETH. The wicked witch would have been into these.
Here, I've torn the uppers off the soles and removed the insole. There's all sorts of weird stuff they put in these things, no? On the right, you see I've trimmed the toe into a sharper shape. Much better.
Oh! And the sequins. The ones on the shoe, I sewed by hand, to every bit of mesh that the sneaker had.
Below, the toe box is covered in sequins, the upper is bonded to the platform (after lots of sanding), and I'm covering the platform with ribbons of red sequins. These red sequin ribbons were life-savers. Doing this one sequin at a time would have been impossible.
FINISHED PRODUCT. Dorothy's red ruby sneakers, (I)D x Nike style.