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Make NEW & Mend: Footwear Edition

These days I view my wardrobe a bit differently. As I've been tidying my closet in attempts to clear out the stuff I don't like to wear, I've stumbled upon a few pieces that have potential to go from duds to faves with a little TLC.

My view on shopping has also changed thanks to a visit with the OG Thrift Stylist. A recent adventure with Michelle opened my eyes to a new way of thrifting {& some new shoes that could use some love... and fringe}.

Keep reading to see how I brought these three pairs back to life.

My obsession with fringey footwear is no secret {psst- have you seen this DIY yet?} So the thought of just adding a few tassels here was a no brainer. Not to mention it's an upgrade that even the most un-crafty can complete.


These goofy oxfords are more like a #shoegoal for me. It takes some serious outfit effort to pull them off and not look like I raided my grandma's closet. However, this new addition certainly helps.

Plus they kind of look like this ultra fancy $395 version. I paid $14.99 for the shoes & added 3 tassels to each.

Round 2: same thing, different shoe. Literally all you have to do is string a couple tassels on the laces. Instant fancy.

This last pair is a different story & not for the faint of heart when it comes to needlepoint. Although, it's quite possible that figuring out what sort of design to complete took longer than the actual stitching itself.

My obsession with embroidery continues and the perforations on this leather loafer reminded me of a recent project including some serious cross stitch.

Start off with nailing down a color palette & searching for some inspiration. Something neutral is perfect for me & I LOVE this woven pattern.

I mapped out a few lines with chalk by basically playing "connect the dots" and then just started stitching to somewhat mimic the design on the inspiration photo. Voila!

It's funny how the simplest of changes can change your perspective towards your closet. Suddenly I'm slipping on the shoes I was so close to giving away the other day.

Inspired? Show me how you get crafty with the hashtag #upcyclingiscool

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