I love shoes. Why?
1. Because if I gain weight or lose weight, my shoes always fit.
2. For some reason, you can get away with crazy shoes and still be considered respectable.
3. Trends come and go, but classics will always be classics.
I have been wanting a pair of saddle shoes but I don’t want to spend $50. They are definitely a classic, but just because I think they are cool today doesn’t mean that I won’t be totally over it by next year… Maybe sooner. I can be crazy fickle. So, $50 saddle shoes I found online? Cute but way to steep for my blood. $5 DIY saddle shoes? A total stinkin’ steal and I’m all over it.
So – without further ado, I give you my very easy, two step tutorial on how can make your own saddle shoes for around 5 buckaroos.
For this tutorial, you will need: Cheapie canvas tennis shoes & a fabric marker.
I got my tennies at Wal-Mart for $5 and an employee warned me that they go quickly. So heed the warning if you want to make a pair!
For the ink work, I used a Sharpie brand fabric pen. I cannot recommend the sharpie enough. Get a set. Now. You may even be able to use a standard Sharpie – but as I haven’t tried that, I can’t actually recommend it. *** If you are planning on using a regular marker or if you’re on the fence, please see what Diane has to say in the comments below (tenth down). She has some personal experience with using regular Sharpies on fabric that could be helpful to you. ***
STEP 1: Using your fabric marker, trace the natural middle shape of your shoe. There should be stitching that goes along the front or toe area, and more stitching that goes around the heel. Fabric is porous, so be careful while making your edges, it will want to bleed into other areas if you aren’t careful.
STEP 2: Fill in the shape. Repeat for other side and two panels on the opposite shoe. Allow to dry a day or so, lace ’em up and get to steppin’!
FYI – I am not a Sharpie brand flunky and I’m not paid to say that the markers are awesome – they just are.
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