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My Awesome Iron Man Shoes April 24, 2012

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So I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I finally feel like I finally have something to blog about!

I made shoes! Well…not made shoes I guess…I enhanced a pair from Target and thought they were cool enough to share with everyone. I also thought it was appropriate to post about them now in case anyone else wants some great shoes to wear to the Avengers movie coming out on the 4th.

Originally I wanted to make some Star Wars heels but first, I couldn’t find any cheap heels then, I couldn’t find any Star Wars comics. I was so disappointed about the comics that I had to call my mother for moral support while I riffled through hundreds of cheap books at a local store. That’s when I decided I’d make some Wonder Woman shoes, until I found they didn’t even have any good Wonder Woman comics! So I spent the next hour and a half trying to figure out what comic series I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen walking around in. Although, I came to the realization that there isn’t anything that I would be particularly embarrassed about, but it was more the fact that I wanted them to be recognized. I wanted people to look at my shoes and say “OMG! Those are the best___________ shoes I’ve ever seen! Where did you get those?” and I would reply, “I made them and no, they’re not for sale” and crush their dreams under my awesome shoes.

Sorry about getting off topic. Anyway, I finally found a great classic Iron Man comic and a decent newer one and bought those for a total of $3. With the shoes my grand total came to $15. Yep, $15, that’s all for a custom pair of superhero shoes.

So, to make the shoes I cut out the comic pieces and painted the back of the comic with the decoupage glue, glossy Mod Podge. I did leave some excess paper around the edges of the shoe and when the Mod Podge dried I just trimmed it up with the edge of my kitchen shears (since they come apart and I can use them as an exacto knife, I did). Once all the comic pieces were on and trimmed, I went over the shoe with three coats of Mod Podge, drying between coats. The next day I added about another three coats of Mod Podge to repair any tears from wearing.

The process was time consuming and sticky (in fact I think I still have some Mod Podge under my fingernails) but totally worth it. The shoes I used were man-made leather with puckering at the heel and seemed to work just fine. If I were to make another pair I would absolutely use heels (mainly because that’s all I really wear).

Without further ado, here are the shoes:

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I hope you are inspired to make your own!

–Aly