How are you all?
Me? Well, let me tell you!
I have been working on shoes. Strassing with 1.8mm diameter swarovski crystals takes a long time! The results so far are astounding. I wish I was able to photograph the little rainbows the crystals shoot off the shoes – but I seem to miss it every time. :-(
I am constructing a pair of pony inspired booties for Kath, who is an inspiring lady herself. :-) Her Journal is HERE.
I have collected some shoes that are in sizes larger than I wear and will start either re-modelling those (in an effort to show the Wedding stores that I can re-cover shoes) or making brand new styles using their retrievable parts – reduce, re-use, recycle.
Manoleat pointed out some interesting factors about shoe making to me. The cardboard welts.
I have seen some really bad ones in high priced shoes, and some really good ones in low and high priced shoes. Mostly they are too flimsy for the shank and break apart – you don’t see this, unless you pull your shoes apart; and who wants to have to do that, to a brand new pair of shoes? Not me.
Manoleat mentioned a woman shoe maker in Germany who does in fact pull apart her newly bought shoes and exchanges the cardboard welt for a leather one.
EXPERIMENTING WITH WELTS
To test the efficiency of the cardboard welts, I soaked them in water for 5 minutes and checked the stability of them. Some had already fallen apart.
The best time I got out of a cardboard welt was 20 minutes – but when I picked it up the whole thing fell apart, even though it looked like it was going to hold.
That leads me to believe that the shoes we buy are not waterproof…and simply walking around on wet ground will denigrate the integrity of your shoes.
Thank you Manoleat for inspiring me to take this experiment to a conclusion.
Leather welts are superior. If they get wet, they dry – stronger than they were before.
What’s going on with the ballet heels movies?
Well, while I’m making shoes, organising details of The Corset Project, being a mum to two of my three children, dogs, bus, motorbikes, garden, house….I don’t have time to stop, smell the blossoming roses, and make a movie.
I am also in the middle of making a pair of fantasy inspired ballet heel shoes and will reveal those when I’m done. :-) They have a full steel heel and … you’ll see.
I’ve been asked about foot care a few times over the last year or so, and even though I did write a journal entry about my feet and how I look after them, HERE – it’s possibly time to revisit the subject.
It is true that squeezing your feet into a shoe that is thinner than your foot is wide is going to cause problems. From the day our mums put shoes on our little feet, our feet begin to compensate … and are “changed” right from the day we are born, to accept footwear. Many children have bunions, corns and callouses and they aren’t yet 10 years old. The condition of the feet of the children at present is due to the stupid shoes they wear – and these shoes are causing them problems right from the tip of their toes to the top of their head. IF the feet aren’t right, the rest of the body isn’t right either.
So. What does one do to counter the effects of our feet cages?
Walk barefoot. It’s really very good for your feet, allows your bones to spread back to where they belong and it’s beneficial to your health – a foot massage feels great, doesn’t it? Walking barefoot gives the same sensation.
Up until only recently I have walked naked foot.
Now I use these:
Users discuss the wear capabilities: HERE
I have always believed that “backwards stretching” is important for the safe use of extreme heels…this means that if my feet have been in say ballet heels all day, then I will stand on my steps, stretch out my calves and do toe raises…and I walk barefoot.
What the vibrams are giving me is an extended time out there on my bare feet. The surfaces are harsh on my soles; and when it’s hot they are burned and blister at times. I spend an undue amount of time with tweezers and magnifying glass to remove the debris from my soles before they become a very painful part of me. With these little wonderful shoes on my feet, I am able to walk distance barefoot that I never have, traverse ground that I could not before, and basically it’s freed me up for my daily barefoot walk from a couple of km to figures now in the double digits. I walked 15km the other day – in the sprints. I took the same path the next day in the sport version and ran most of the way. It is such a freedom. :-)
I also got pairs for my daughter and my two sons. After the initial “pain” of the toes getting used to being in their correct position, the foot striking the ground in the way nature intended – they are marvellous little things.
What they also improve is my ability to wear the high heels. Go figure?
THE CORSET PROJECT
Without giving anything away
We are now entering the testing phase of the project. That means the people who signed on are now waiting to receive their corsets and start wearing them in. :-D
My initial response when I received my corset was one of absolute GLEE but as per usual, testing phases are intended to wheedle out any discrepancies so the product will be perfect when it is released onto the market!