January 13, 2012

Not every DIY sees the light of day

Even if you're a Parisian-atelier-trained, world-class designer, sometimes something you make just flops. For me, it begins with an "oh my gawd I could make that" moment that work brilliantly in my head, prompting the execution of a new DIY that just doesn't... deliver. Luckily, these moments are overshadowed by successful projects. However, these shoes continue to glare at me out from under my bed.

Back in the fall, I caught sight these oh-so-beautiful Alexander Wang shoes captured by many a fashion week street style photog and woman-repelling-man. They're shiny, they're silver, they're tasseled; an absolute trifecta. I then saw how Natasha of Required2BeInspired took a pair of old boots, and chopped them down into cool new pumps. With the same trick, scrap leather, and silver spray paint, I thought I could recreate Mr. Wang's (I'm immaturely giggling right now) shoe.

Here is what I thought would happen:

(left | right)

And here is what happened after I attacked a pair of thrift store boots:

Worthy of Sir Elton Hercules John himself. Now, I love Elton, so I'm not saying it's a bad thing... just not me.

And there you have it folks, a little lesson in DIY humility. Sometimes (and I mean only sometimes), somethings are just better left to the pros.


  1. What a brilliant post, I know the feeling of "how did some thing so good on paper turn so wrong". But I find half the fun is in the process anyway (the other 1/2 the result).
    For this idea you are onto something, maybe worth a re-try with another pair (or keep the original pair for a fab' Abba or Elton costume for Halloween).

  2. Well, you were on to something good! I have been defeated by many DIY's in the past...maybe give this one another try with a different pair of boots or even a shoe with the same shape. I'm sure you can get this DIY to work!


  3. I loved this! I'm sorry it didn't work, definitely looked like it had potential. And... happens to me all the time!! :)

  4. hmmm.... try cutting off the back portion and making mules of them....

  5. ok, I feel the need to explain why I think cutting off the back will work. The original shoes have a very light/airy feeling to them due to the cutaways that expose additional skin. This offsets the raised front.

    Since your boots don't really allow for the cutaway portion, removing the entire back should help to offset the raised and slightly chunky front. So while they won't be exactly like the originals, the 'should' have a more similiar feel. I think. Maybe.

  6. OMG I've been there! Good effort though... ;)

  7. Maybe some boots with more of a pointy toe will work? Asks the girl who knows zilch about shoes. ;)

  8. Haha I laughed so hard :D. Don't get me wrong, as I was reading your post I remebered one of my DIY projects which ended in total disaster, yours isn't so bad yet :).
    Love you blog:)

  9. LOL - I have this happen to me a lot.

    - Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  10. They aren't so bad.

  11. I love this post!!! DIY disappointments are so infuriating, especially when you have all the components in order and it seems to be a matter of simply putting them together. Believe me, I've had way worse DIYs that I've had to chuck...but at least I got a good laugh out of them. :)

  12. hahahaha!! I relate to this so much, in fact I could make a post of all the projects I've done that I didn't really like that much, but in the process of creating even the greatest designers have their bad moments(or items) too :D

    xoxo Julieta

  13. I'm having a hard time understanding why these are fail! I think they're super-rad, and they make me think of a pair I saw (and coveted) on Karmaloop recently. I think you should try rocking them anyway :D

  14. I think they look good, rock them with pride you made them and saved a lot of money.
    Be proud of ones self :)


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