Here they are – the finished pair of shoes! I should be posting photos of these babies on my feet while walking the streets of NYC, but I can’t do that. Why? Because I haven’t actually worn them. There’s no excuse for this behavior. I’m going to blame it on the hot weather and my lack of creativity when it comes to finding an outfit to dress them around. The cool gray leather and overall scale make them tough to complement, so I think I’m going to have to really push the boundaries of my personal style to pull them off.
The final pair isn’t perfect. There are a few things from my original design sketches that didn’t make their way into the shoes – the back loop, for example. The leather was too thick on the heel seam to sew in another two layers of material. I used really difficult leather for the outer; I’m still cursing at it. It was too thin and stretchy, and I didn’t have the right settings on my sewing machine to deal with its finickiness. I also wasn’t happy with the way the leather wraps underneath the hidden wedge and between the sole, it’s a little bumpy. But come on. I made a pair of shoes. My own pair of shoes, from my design, and with my own hands! It was fun and I learned a ton. I could do this again. Maybe a pair of summer sandals?
Check out my previous posts to see the whole process: part one, part two, and part three. Again, a huge thanks to Keiko for being an amazing inspiration and teacher. When I wear these shoes out for the first time, I’ll be sure to share!