Thursday, August 2, 2012

#1. DIY Christian Louboutin Look a Likes

#1. DIY Christian Louboutin Look a Likes

First project of my 75 challange!
Today I will show you how I made my cheap, black pumps look like expensive Christian Louboutin shoes! Ready?
I was watching the hilarious movie The Proposal with my mother and fell in love with the shoes on Sandra Bullock’s feet. I had seen Christian Louboutin shoes before, but didn’t know much about them. After watching the movie, I decided to do some research and fell in love with the Alti Pump on their website. One problem: they cost $945.00! I’m a poor college student! I can’t afford that and even if I could I can think of 100 things more worthy of my spending than a pair of shoes! So I decided to make my own knock off.
Here are the materials you’ll need.
1. Pair of black patent leather pumps (or any shoe you choose) I got my at DSW for $60.00. I’m sure you can find much cheaper ones even at Payless or somewhere.
2.Red spray paint. It’s the Christian Louboutin signature, having red on the sole of the shoe. I used Krylon because I’ve heard the best reviews about it.
3. Painters tape or masking tape
4. Plastic wrap
5. Modgepodge or Polyurethane
Here is the before of my shoes
Next I plastic wrapped everywhere I didn’t want to be red and taped down the wrap. I was very very careful around the edges of the soles. I didn’t want any part of the shoe to be red, just the sole! Even with all my care, I still got some red on the shoe. Make sure you don’t let your wrap get too bunched up around the tape edge closest to the sole because that’s how the leaking happened. Keep your wrap a good half inch away from the edge. Make sure your tape is pressed down firmly all the way around the shoe.
Next, make sure the sole of your shoe is clean. Wipe it down with a wet rag and then a dry one. I had my pumps for a few months before I decided to do this so they were already a little worn at the bottom. If yours are brand new, I’d recommend scuffing them up with some sand paper or something just a wee little bit so the paint has something to cling to.
You’re ready to paint! Prop your shoe up on something that won’t move and you don’t mind getting paint on. Start with a thin layer, holding the can about 7 inches away from the shoe. Try to get in every crevis of where the heel meets the foot. Let dry for a minute. Repeat a few times, leaving a minute to dry in between each coat.
After you are satisfied with your paint let it dry for an hour or two. The can says 10 minutes, but I’d give it longer to really let it dry. I decided to start this project very late at night, so I actually let my shoes dry overnight while I was sleeping, but I’m sure an hour or so would have sufficed.
Next is sealing the paint. I used a spray can of Polyurethane, but regular or modgepodge should do the trick. This step is important because if you skip it your paint will just wear off after the first use!!!!! I used the same technique as the paint. Sprayed a thin layer on and let dry for a few minutes. Then I did two more layers. I let the shoes sit for an hour or so before removing the tape. The can of Polyurethane recommended at least 24 hours before use, but I don’t intend to wear the shoes for the next few days, so I should be okay.
After they dried a little, I took all my tape off. Overall the result was great. A few places where the wrap got bunchy were sloppy.
In order to fix this I took some clear nailpolish and painted over the areas I didn’t want to be red. I let it dry for a minute then took a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and scrubbed a bit. The paint came off perfectly and the patent leather was undamaged!
And that’s it! I’m not sure how well they will wear and how quickly the paint will wear off, but I will update this after I wear them a few times!
Okay so let’s compare
Time: about 3 hours including dry times
Shoes: $60.00
Paint:$3.00
Polyurethane: $7.00
Tape and Wrap: Free! (I had them in my house)
Cost: $70.00
Which means I saved $875.00!

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