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A visit to Klagenfurt: Shoe Challenge No.60

Shoe ChallengeShoes: 31 Soins de mode
Worn with: Top by H&M, skirt by D&G, bag by Armani.

While my fiancé was here, we visited my dad in Austria. Together, we made a day trip to Klagenfurt, another small but very nice city! On the way, we stopped at Maria Wörth, a beautiful church at the lake Wörthersee. They just had a wedding there, so the church was even decorated – such a beautiful place to marry! From the church, you have a great view of the lake and surrounding landscape.

Maria Wörth

In Klagenfurt, we just walked around the city center, which has lots of pretty old buildings. I just love cities like this!

Klagenfurth

A nice place to visit is also the fountain called “Lindwurmbrunnen”. I love the way the guy is sneakily holding the bludgeon behind his back, and the dragon just looks very cute…..

Lindwurmbrunnen

The shoes which I wore for the day were another pair I had left in Japan, which my fiancé had brought to Germany for me. Sadly, in the hot weather they became kind of tight after a while – I guess I still need to wear them in! I chose these because their shape reminded me of the Louis Vuitton shoes from that season, and because they are a very practical pair for bad weather days:

31 soins de mode pumps

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Alexander Mc Queen DIY

Today I saw my favourite shoes on Shoeperwoman: The Spring/ Summer 2011 Sarah Burton for Alexander Mc Queen  shoes. They are truly fabulous! Here they are in white:
今日はShoeperwomanのブログで私の一番好きな靴をみました:Alexander Mc Queen の新しいデザイナーSarah Burtonの春夏2011コレクションのサンダル。本当に素晴らしい靴ですよね!こちらは白いバージョンの写真:

Alexander Mc Queen Spring Summer 2011 Sandal

I was in love with these the moment I saw them on my screen some months ago…..as so often, they are unattainable – as much as I looked, I didn’t have some unneeded 3,000 USD lying around! So, what’s a girl in love to do? …crazy as I am, I decided to try a DIY, and here’s the end result:
この靴は私にとって一目惚れでした。。。よくあることですが、とても手の届かない値段でした – いくらさがしても、いらない3,000ドルを見つかりませんでした!それで、愛におちてる女はどうすればいいのか?。。。ちょっとクレイジーな私はDIYでもしようかなーと思いました。そのアイディアの結果はこちらです:

Alexander Mc Queen DIY shoe
I know they’re not the same, but considering they’re handmade, I’m pretty satisfied with them….and here’s how I made them:
まったく同じではないということは分かっているが、手作りだと思うとかなり満足しています。。。このように作りました:

As a base I took this unused pair of “stripper” style shoes (bought long ago on a holiday for fun….):
ベースとしては使わなかった”ストリッパー・スタイル”の靴(何年まえに旅行中に買ってしまった。。。)を使いました:

Stripper Platform shoe

And then I used the following items to make the leaf-like decoration and butterfly on the shoe: Cardboard, acrylic paint, and copic markers for the butterfly. Aluminium foil, acrylic paste and acrylic paint for the leaf-shapes.
リーフみたいなデコレーションと蝶々を作るためにこれらのものを使いました:蝶々はダンボール、アクリル・ペイントとコピック・マーカで作りました。リーフはアルミホイル、アクリル・ペーストとアクリル・ペイントで作りました。

Alexander Mc Queen shoe DIY

First, I made a white sole with rubber foam and fabric which I glued to the shoe, also attaching the back part. Then, I used velvet ribbon and glued it to the plastic upper to create the “straps”. Over that I painted the acrylic paste using layers to create depth. Mostly I made a basic shape from aluminium foil and then used acrylic paste to attach it to the shoe and cover it as well as create a structure. I did the detailed structure with acrylic paint.
最初はインソールをフォームと布で作って、のりで靴につけました。そのついでにバックの部分もつけました。次はベルベット・リボンをのりでストラップみたいに靴の透明のアッパーにつけました。そして、アクリル・ペーストでリーフ風の形をぬりました。ほとんどの部分は、最初にアルミホイルでベースの形をつくって、それをアクリル・ペーストで靴につけて、その上に同じペーストでまた形をぬりました。細かい仕上げにはアクリル・ペイントをつかいました。

Alexander Mc Queen shoe DIY

Alexander Mc Queen shoe DIY

After that I sewed on the rest of the straps: the ankle and t-bar strap. And finally I sewed on the butterfly.
その後、残りのストラップをぬいました:あしくびとTバーのストラップ。最後に蝶々を靴にぬいつけました。

Alexander Mc Queen shoe DIY

Here are some pictures of the final result:
出来上がった靴です:

Alexander Mc Queen DIY shoe

Alexander Mc Queen DIY shoe

And this is how they look like when worn:
はいた時のみため:

Alexander Mc Queen shoe DIY

All in all, they’re of course not the same thing as the original – I also changed the shape to fit my base shoe – but I like them! I have no idea how much wear they would withstand….I guess they’re definitely not made for walking on cobblestone roads, but they should be fine for an indoors party or a similar event! What do you think?
結局、この靴はもちろんオリジナルと同じ物ではありませんが – ベースの靴にあわせて、形も少し変更しました – それでも好きです!どれぐらいこわれやすいのは分かりません。。。外で歩くにはあまりよくないと思いますが、室内のパーティーなどのためには使えそうです!このDIYはどう思いますか?

Patent Wedges – D&G and Flag-J

Finally these gorgeous wedges by D&G are available on their online shop! I’ve seen them in the shop recently and wanted to show them to you since then. To me, they’re a perfect summer shoe. They’re available in purple and green:

D&G patent wedge

D&G patent wedge

Sadly, at 445 € they’re quite expensive! If you want them anyway, click here.

If you’re looking for a similar shoe with a more budget-friendly price, these wedges by Flag-J are a perfect alternative. They also have patent uppers and a very similar woven heel to the D&G shoes, but the shape is different enough not to be called a copy. Apart from pink and green, they’re also available in red, beige and black. And for the price of 7,110 Yen (approx. 62€) they’re definitely budget friendly! Click here to buy a pair at Flag-J’s online store.

Flag-J Patent Wedges

Flag-J Patent Wedges

Miu Miu inspired polka dot sandals

R&E polka dot sandal

Just a quick shoe post for today! Lately, I’ve spent much more time looking at Excel-sheets than at beautiful shoes, and this will probably continue for a while – *sigh!*…. anyway, these cute polka dot sandals are by the Japanese brand R&E and they are obviously inspired by Miu Miu: The gorgeous originals have been featured on Shoeperwoman. The shape, though not as elegant as the original, is probably as close as it gets, and the pattern is very similar too, although R&E’s dots are fewer and bigger. The red version is most similar to the Miu Miu shoes, which are also available in red, while I haven’t seen any blue ones by Miu Miu. All in all, at 6,195 Yen ( approx. 53€) they’re are good budget-friendly alternative – if you like them, you should act quickly though, because there’s only a few pairs left. Click here to buy them at 109’s online store!

Sophia Grace Webster Butterfly Shoe DIY

Sophia Grace Webster Butterfly Shoe

A while back I saw these stunning peeptoes by Sophia Grace Webster on Shoeperwoman and it was love at first sight….unfortunately, as so many designer shoes, they were far too expensive for me (they are available at Browns for £505). But then I thought that these could easily be recreated using a black peeptoe and DIYing a butterfly shoe clip. So, when I had some free time I just gave it a try, and I think they turned out quite well. I clipped them to two different pairs (I didn’t have a plain black one with a high enough heel so they aren’t my optimal choice) for taking pictures. What do you think?

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

If you’d like to make a pair for yourself, here’s how to:

First, draw the butterfly shape on a piece of paper, then cut it out.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Then, using the paper shape, draw four outlines onto a thicker material, like foam rubber, and cut it out using scissors and a cutter.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Then paint the wings using acrylic paint in black. After that, fix them to a shoe clip or paper clip (I used a paper clip, because i can bend it to adjust it to different shoes and it won’t rub the back of my foot as much) by sewing or glueing them on. Use a small piece of rubber foam to glue between the two wings to hide the clip underneath. Then use acrylic paste to create a smooth connection between the two wings if you like to and after drying, paint the “bridge” black as well. Finally use some sort of laquer (clear nail polish is fine) to give them shine.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Fur Boots: Inspired by Casadei

Pool Side fur boots beigePool Side fur boots black

These beautiful Pool Side suedette boots embellished with rabbit fur  are a style similar to Casadei’s mink fur boots (pictured below). They are available at the 109 web shop for 16,800Yen (approx. 200 USD) and can be folded over at any length, making them very versatile pair of boots.  The boots from Casadei are available at Luisaviaroma for 2,500 USD.

Casadei Mink Fur Boots

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