Monday, 2 January 2012

Flapping Tongues

I'm not sure if this is considered a refashion or not but I've definitely altered these:  I have a lovely pair of Doc Martens Airware boots which I got while on holidays in Idaho a few years ago.  They are the cracklin half boot:
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion
Doc Martens are my absolutely favourite shoe. They are a must-take when travelling - they are so comfy.  I didn't notice at the time I bought this pair, but the right boot had an overly flapping tongue.  
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion
A Wagging Tongue
The leather was a tiny bit softer and it wasn't as stiff as normal.  This caused the tongue to flop over when I wore the boots untied (which is how I usually wear them).  Not so bad under a pair of jeans, but I didn't like how it looked with a skirt or shorts.

So, my favourite notions store to the rescue.  They have piles of leather pieces which though not quite as cheap as a few years ago, are still reasonable.  I was looking for a pink piece, but all the pink ones were huge and cost big bucks ($8.99 or more).  I finally found this purple piece for $1.99:
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion

First thing I did was "measure" the tongue by tracing its outline onto the leather:
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion


Then I cut it out
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion

Then, using the same glue as from the Swag Bag refashion, I glued both the leather flap and the tongue:
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion

Doc Martens Shoe Refashion
Then it was just a matter of slapping the two pieces together, and pressing it down a bit.
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion
Check out those chocolates in the background!
I liked it so much, I did the other boot too:
Doc Martens Shoe Refashion
Too bad I didn't do this sooner before the flowers rubbed off the floppy tongue!


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