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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Second Shoe Syndrome, or, Ballet Slippers on Steroids

I'm hoping to avoid Second Shoe Syndrome. I'm not sure there is such a thing, but if there's a "How to Avoid Second Sock Sydrome" article on, then there must be a thing called Second Shoe Syndrome. OK, I just Googled "Second Shoe Syndrome" and Yarn Harlot comes up second. But I'm not talking about knit shoes here, I'm talking about the hard stuff, leather.


I've crawled out of my January craft doldrums to try out cobbling again. I recently saw Earth and Living's Viking Shoe Tutorial and have been obsessing over it, waiting to find enough time to work on it. So yesterday I dug into my disastrous, post-holiday craft stash and pulled the thickest leather I could find. Luckily I have friends like Sara, who thought I might make something out of the big chunks of leather she had in her stash. Sara said, "I bought it for a wedding, but never did anything with it." I'd like to see what kind of wedding needs lengths of 2.5 mm black leather! The leather is definitely hardcore. I think the color makes my shoe look a bit Thunderdome-ish — different than the hobbit-y, Ren-Faire viking look I was going for — but, good none the less. And who knows how it will look paired with other handmade goodness — say, for example, a red hooded cape or something?



The tutorial was to my liking, lots of pictures and general instructions with a healthy dose of interpretation. I'm not sure why I didn't make some sort of muslin first — well, yes I do — I don't like to make muslins. I should have made some sort of mock up, though, because my shoe turned out a little bit wrong. The way I layed out the flaps that go over the top of the foot put them a little too far back and conflicted with my ankle — my mistake, not the tutorial's. I've modified the lace up and it works as is, but for my second shoe I will make the mods to match Earth and Living's design.

Now about those felted liners that she wears with her shoes — love them! My knitting buddy, Blender, turned me onto this tutorial, which led me to this tutorial and a whole world of wet-felted vessel making. Good grief, there's so much good stuff to make out there. I absolutely need those felt slipper liners, even if it's been bikini weather around here this week. I'd much rather wear a felted slipper than a bikini any day.

I think one way to avoid Second Shoe Syndrome will be to not allow myself to make the felted liners before the second shoe. Now, will I be able to keep my promise to myself? I hope so.

Here are some pics of my Viking shoe in progress.

P.S. Note the linkage below to older Green Kitchen posts. I got the idea from Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs. I know blogs are a little difficult to navigate through old content and I thought this would help people to see some my favorite older posts. Can you believe it's been three years already? I hope you enjoy the archives.


One year ago: Big Bad Wolves (Red Riding Hood painted wooden buttons)
Two years ago: Rainbow's End, New Beginnings (Mason Dixon Knitting's rainbow log cabin baby blanket)
Three years ago: Crochet Flower Scarf (made from Needlebook's tutorial)

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Blogger futuregirl said...

I've always fantasized about making my own shoes. I love yours!

Wed Jan 14, 04:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Di said...

Just dropped into your blog to find your glue set zipper tutorial and have been stopped in my tracks by this post! Fantasitc work. Shoe making also being a long running fantasy of mine :) So many intriguing links too- will have to bookmark this to come back to when I have some serious net surfing time... Thanks!

Wed Jan 14, 07:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger Hurrayic said...

How very cool! I actually would like to make myself a pair of slippers (but not out of leather) to loaf around the house in. How long did those take you to make?

Wed Jan 14, 09:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger Cova said...

Hi Michelle,
when I saw your shoes they reminded me of some traditional peasant shoes of the place I am from, they are called "abarkak", che a picture here
Maybe it leads you to a Third shoe syndrome...

Wed Jan 14, 09:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

seriously, I don't think there is anything you can't do! These are amazing and would be fun paired with striped tights. they remind me of the shoes the Irish dancers wear.
Well done!

Wed Jan 14, 10:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger  said...

oh my... you made that shoe?
it looks so difficulr:)

Thu Jan 15, 04:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Holy crap you made shoes! There's nothing you can't do!

Thu Jan 15, 08:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mary Magee said...

Wow, you don't waste any time. These are cool.

Thu Jan 15, 09:20:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Visty said...

I'm so glad to see someone made her shoes! Did you tell her? She stopped blogging for a while and I told her people are loving her blog and she needs to get back to it. Ha!

Thu Jan 15, 04:21:00 PM PST  
Blogger mo said...

I am supremely impressed! I work in the footwear industry and this is one very nicely made shoe!

Fri Jan 16, 04:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ravenhill said...

Amazing and so hip you are! This is one cool project!

Sat Jan 17, 11:27:00 AM PST  
Blogger Harpa J said...

So very very cool!

Sun Jan 18, 02:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger Brandy said...

Those are so super cool. How do they rate comfort-wise?

Sun Jan 18, 06:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger greenwords said...

They are absolutely sensational! I've been thinking about them ever since I read this post...

Mon Jan 19, 07:29:00 PM PST  
Anonymous lorimarsha said...

You do everything so're an inspiration. :)

Mon Jan 26, 09:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger skymring said...

i'm really flattered you used my tutorial, and your shoe(s?) looks great. i'm taking some time now to look through some 'new' blogs - it's easy to just stick to the ones you already have on your list (well, my list then - it's not as long as yours!) so far, i love your stripey socks :)

Fri Jan 30, 02:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

lordy I loves this shoe!

Wed Mar 11, 05:21:00 PM PDT  

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