Originally $88 on the G.H. Bass website, these Enfield Saddle Cognac shoes are now on sale for $59.99. I paid $4 at the thrift store for a brand new pair.
I wanted to change these up, because in my opinion, they were pretty ugly. The suede fronts and sides immediately made me think of either paint or fabric as a means of making these more 'me'. I opted for paint, and metallic, at that! I grabbed both gold and silver acrylic craft paint and a small stiff bristled straight edge paint brush. I tested a small area to see how the paint would go on, then painted the entire side.
I'd thought to go the route of mixing metallics, so I painted the front of the shoe silver...but the gold was too yellow and the silver too gray! They just weren't working out the way I'd envisioned. So, I mixed my silver and gold together (more gold than silver...about a 4:1 ratio) to get the perfect shade. The picture on the right shows the paler shade of gold on the top shoe while the bottom shoe has the much yellower gold.
I had to paint over the silver and gold I'd already painted, so in total, each shoe got 3 coats so as to have the same finish and to cover the 'wrong' colors completely. Much better!!!
Now I've got a still neutral pair of shoes that will go with lots of different outfits. I couldn't wait for them to dry the full 24 hours before trying them on to see how they'd look. So pleased with the outcome and excited to style these this spring :). Once I've let the paint dry a full day, I'll seal them with mod podge and allow them to dry another full day.
Love that I saw potential in these not-so-cute shoes and now have a pair that I absolutely love! It took me a few months to get up the courage to dive into this one, but they are well worth the wait...and the $4 ;).
What do you think? Have you ever refashioned a pair of shoes? This is not my first shoe refashion, and certainly will not be my last!
And just because it was so nice today...an outdoor OOTD pic!
|Scarf and leggings: Target, old Jacket: Express, old Chambray shirt: thrifted Converse: Marshall's, old Coach wristlet: gift|