So a while back ago a very lovely reader contacted me about making some shoes for her daughter, an avid Sleeping with Sirens fan. I took that commission and posted the details here. Since then I’ve gotten a bazillion emails from people all over the world interested in band shoes.
My most recent commission came from an incredibly sweet teenage girl from Texas who loves the band Mayday Parade. Her request was pretty darn simple. She wanted shoes made to look like the band’s album cover art and she wanted me to get creative about it, she wanted Mayday Parade sneakers.
The design is simple enough, really. The right shoe features the most important focal point of the album, the dude with the red umbrella. The background of beige with black windows and fire escapes was drawn on with fabric markers and accented with acrylic paints mixed with textile medium (much better selection of colors this way). In the end, I decided to bring the painting all the way down to the rubber sole, because the white there was incredibly distracting.
The other shoe features the sunny background and the Mayday Parade logo. In the album cover there were splotches and whatnot in the rays that I decided to eliminate, worried that it would make the words less readable. The area above on both shoes was filled with black buildings with orange accents similar to those on the cover.
To make the sides a bit more interesting, the beige background with windows and fire escapes was continued on the inside and outside. I wanted to maintain some white, though, and kept the back tag and the canvas above the buildings white.
Tornado weather put a crimp into things and delayed the process considerably. But all through it my customer was sweet and kind and even concerned. In fact, she emailed me shortly after the big Moore tornado to see if I was okay. How sweet is that? Seriously, I was totally impressed with this kid in the way she handled herself and corresponded with me.
At any rate, I’m still taking custom shoe orders for anyone who is interested. Shoot me an email at allison (at) dreamalittlebigger.com and send me your inspiration (images of cover art or whatnot). I’ll take a peek and let you know if it is something I can work out for you. FYI – the total cost runs around $75 for the shoes, the painting and the shipping.