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My new favorite shoes.

To be completely fair I got this idea from NEO magazine, which I was flipping though at Barnes and Noble. They only gave the entire DIY two paragraphs and a picture though, so I figured I was doing something little to benefit society as a whole by posting this.

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The “before” picture…

Materials:

  • Mod Podge
  • Shoes that you are willing to sacrifice to art
  • Hot glue gun (not necessarily needed, but it’ll make life easier.)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • A MANGA!! If you’re not “clued in” to the world of manga, it’s basically a Japanese comic that’s beautiful and emotional and just awesome. If you want to read them I recommend Mars as the absolute best series ever. (Rei Kashino ❤ ❤ <3) If you want to glue them onto shoes, it doesn’t really matter. You can buy them basically anywhere that you can buy books. I got this one (Fruits Basket, vol. 2) at a used book store for two bucks.
  • If you don’t like manga, you can do other things as well: comic books, antique books, sheet music, pictures from the internet, basically anything you can stick on a shoe. But manga’s pretty cool, you have to admit.
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Ain’t it pretty?

You’re now ready to cover your shoes in awesome.

Steps:

  1. Cut out as many pictures as you can. Find ones that really mean something to you.Image
  2. Tape the pictures onto the shoe,  (by making a little loop of tape and sticking it to the back of the picture) to get a feel for where you want everything. You can go straight to gluing, but I like to play around with themes and stuff, and tape allows you to take your time and nitpick. Remember that you are putting flat pictures on a rounded surface- you might have to play around with this a bit so you don’t get all crinkly. Smaller pictures work better on more rounded areas like the toes.

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3. Now you can start gluing on everything. I like to leave the tape on the picture and glue around it, but you can do what you want. Don’t get upset if something doesn’t work out, just peel it off and glue something else over it!

Remember: If you used a shoe like mine that stretches out when you put it on your feet, you should probably stretch out the shoes while you glue on the images or they will crack when you try to wear them.

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She’s so sad that the paper cracked.

4. Slather them in mod podge, and you’re ready to go!

And just remember:

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I’m so proud of my babies!

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Looks so pretty with theroses!

I hope you can try this. I’ll be making tons of these, you can rest assured.

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A picture from the very best concert ever.

Oh my gosh Arcade Fire.

I can’t even begin.

I saw them for the first time on the Grammy’s. They were the weirdest band ever, all French and energetic and neon.

Through iTunes Concert Tracker I found out that they were doing a concert in my area. I begged my dad to buy me tickets, and for whatever reason he actually bought them.

The concert was the most beautiful thing ever. To my dying day I will remember the way my knees got all wobbly as I walked in and The National (the opening band) was playing. The lead singer had this baritone voice that kind of bores into your soul. I almost felt like crying for the entire set.

I will never forget Regine’s sparkly dress or the way the crowd literally EXPLODED for the last song. Or the way everything smelled like aloe shampoo.

After two hours of watching Arcade Fire cry and sweat and dance and sing, I was a changed person. There was this whole world that I didn’t even know about, which had suddenly just come running up and knocked me over.

After that I spent all of my free time listening to Arcade Fire, watching them do these adorable interviews that I literally thought about for days after, and practicing violin so I could one day have similar levels of violin virtuosity to Sarah Neufeld. My Arcade Fire t-shirt is still one of my prized possessions.

Also, their whole aesthetic of broken-down, suburbia, the backs of signs, rust, combined with neon and brightness and noise really seriously affected me.

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As well as their earlier weird folk black and white creepy film noir aesthetic with trees.

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It’s amazing the effect music can have on you at the right times in your life. Even though I no longer live for Arcade Fire, the whole experience has sort of shaped me and how I look at music.

What band(s) have you been (are you) obsessed with?