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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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Miu Miu inspired: Shoe Challenge No.57

vanity beauty pumpsShoes: Vanity Beauty
Worn with: Jeans by Seven, Top and cardigan by Zara, bag by Miu Miu, scarf by ?.

I’ve written about these shoes on here quite a while back, and actually I ended up buying a pair for myself – oops! But, I don’t regret it, as they’re comfortable and versatile and rain-proof (something most of my shoes are not, unfortunately!) which is good for German weather! I think this was the first day I went to Munich with my fiancé, just for a quick walk and a coffee. In the background you can see the Nationaltheater Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, which was just at the time decorated for the Münchner Operfestspiele (Munich Opera Festival).

vanity beauty pumps

Shoe Challenge No.38

purple peeptoe pumpsShoes: ? / シューズ:?
Worn with: Dress by Sita Murt, bag by Armani
Sita Murtのドレス、Armaniのバッグ

I managed to save another pair today. These are a pair of Louboutin lookalikes from Ebay. I got these a long time ago and probably wouldn’t buy them again now. They’re fine as far as comfort go, but I don’t find them that interesting. Still I don’t want to throw them away or sell them as they do come in handy sometimes. This is one of the dresses I bought at the Second Hand Shop yesterday. It’s by the Spanish brand Sita Murt – I hadn’t heard of it before since it’s nearly nowhere to be found in Germany. I love the sleeves on this dress! Just went grocery shopping this evening and had a nice icecream with my mom on the way back. When we came home it was getting dark already, so today’s photos are indoors again!

今日も一足「救出」しました。この靴はLouboutinに似てるいますが、そのブランドの物ではないです。実は何年前にEbayで買いました。今はもう買わないと思います。はきやすいですが、すこしつまらないスタイルだと思っています。それでもたまに役に立つので、捨てたくないし、売りたくないです。ドレスは昨日セカンド・ハンド・ショップで買った洋服の一つです。スペインのSita Murtと言うブランドのドレスです。ドイツではほとんど手に入らないブランドなので、いままではしりませんでした。このドレスのスリーブが大好きです!今日はただ母と食べ物を買いに行って、帰りにアイスを食べました。帰ってきた時にもう暗くなっていたので、写真はまた室内になってしまいました!

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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!

Shoe Challenge No.20

Wow! This is already my 20th Shoe Challenge! If I continue at this pace, hopefully I can save all my beloved shoes! The weather forecast said today was the last nice and warm day of the week, so I decided on saving one of those many strictly good-weather-only-shoes…one the one hand, I’m sad the weather will be colder again, but then again the rain will wash all the horrible pollen out of the air – I’ve already had hay fever the last few days!!!

Shoes One Miu Miu LookalikeShoes: Shoes One
Worn with: Jeans by Seven, top by H&M, cardigan by H&M, bag by Prada.

Let me say at first, in case you’re wondering: No, these shoes are not the real Miu Miu ones (unfortunately!). I know, I know, copies are not good, but since I couldn’t get my hands on a real pair anywhere and wanted needed these too much, I couldn’t resist when I read about this “alternative” on the two blogs  Shoe Daydreams (contra) and Pink Haired Princess (pro). On this matter, I agree with Pink Haired Princess: The label in the shoes says Shoes One, so while the design is 100% copied and cannot be called “inspired by”, they’re at least not trying to pass off as real Miu Miu’s, and I also would tell anyone who asks me they aren’t real ones. Well, everyone has to decide for themselves on this matter! I just think brands should stop producing so super-limited quantities of items that popular!

Shoes One Miu Miu Lookalikes

With this topic out of the way, on to the outfit! I decided to pair them with a simple outfit so they would really stand out … and stand out they did! I couldn’t even count how many people turned around to stare at them. As many people here tend to wear simple or sensible shoes or just plain sneakers they must have been quite a sight, even though they are not the craziest pair in my collection 😉  Maybe, hopefully it will inspire more people here to wear different shoes!

And last but not least, some pictures of another decorated rollcake (actually from yesterday, but I wasn’t wearing any shoes then – just relaxing in the garden!) . This time I made it 100% Japanese style following the book instructions – the time before I had used the ordinary German rollcake recipe – and it turned out really nice. I want to make another one soon!

Decorated Rollcake

It was filled with cream, strawberries and blueberries  – so it was really healthy (at least a little bit 😉 )

Decorated Rollcake

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