DIY GOLD SHOES
In short, same girl, old stuff, new style.
This post is about how I turned my outdated brown leather shoes, into fabulous gold shoes.
In this part of the series, I will go into the value of repurposing your belongings and breathe new life into things you no longer use. If you haven't read any of the previous post's explaining the purpose of the "Eco-Express yourself, Recycle fashion" series, click right here, or scroll down for a quick repeat after the photos.
Home altered gold, inherited leather shoes. See below for before photo and information about the process.
The black coat is about 2 years old.
The black pants are about 1 years old.
The black top is about 2 years old.
Above: The original color of the shoe and laces.
Directly below: The gold paint I used.
Below to the right: The sponge I used to apply the paint.
Above: What it looked like after the first layer of gold paint, in the front.
Below: What it looked like after the second layer of gold paint, on the shoe to the left.
Leather is one of the most eco-unfriendly pieces of material you can produce, between the extreme water consumption and the chemicals used. So, If you have the option to diy fix your outdated or broken leather pieces, the planet would be thankful for it.
The trick is to think of your closet as a collection, and only shop for what's missing. Never just buy something because it's pretty or cool. Take notice of what you really need when roaming through your clothes getting ready, and make a list. This is a good way of preventing that impulse shopping, based on your feelings for that random shiny dress you just got a fleeting crush on (that you'll never get to wear). The key is to build a wardrobe where you can find an outfit for any occasion, without having to go shopping. Even if it's for work, a birthday party, camping, or a wedding. Too many of us have the "I have a hundred party tops, and yet I have nothing to wear" kind of closets. Or, the "I only have work clothes, and nothing fancy". It's all about finding that right balance.
Instead, spare the environment the pollution, and save money on buying long lasting quality items. This way, you can rather spend your money on replacing basics (Also, more left for the occasional splurge on fashion fabs).