Back in 2008, I had the chance to make my very own slippers. It was a program initiated by the local government, and my mom was one of the organizers. She asked me to attend. I was way too happy that I documented it, and even blogged in my now defunct Multiply blog.
After 9 years, I am just so thrilled that I can finally do the sandal-making all over again! But this was different, I was the one in-charge of the design! 😀
I recently blogged about enrolling in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts) for Shoe Construction. Ms Tal de Guzman, Founder and Shoe Designer of Risque Designs was our mentor. She taught and assisted us in making our very own leather sandals.
All the materials were provided, so the design limit is just our creativity!
But knowing my quirky side, I had to find a way to make a unique pair of sandals. If it was something I can buy in a local store, what’s the point of making it?
This was actually the kind of battle I was fighting over in my head, whether I should stick on the classic and common “more saleable” designs, and make queer, out of the ordinary, never-before-seen kind of shoes.
Well, I think you know what I chose.
There’s just soooo many brands in the world already that sell the same designs. I thought, if I want to make a mark, I have to different. I have to be more than just exciting. I have to be unforgettable.
There were limited colors for leathers, so I just chose what will work with what’s available. I got inspired by the Slytherin colors, so I picked silver and emerald.
I don’t have sharp scissors back then, so I just have to cut the leather via a cutter. And mind you, I never expected this will be a workout!
My arm muscles were on fire! Or that may be too much, but yeah, they were painful!
I had to measure the shoe last or the wooden foot-shaped mold so I can perfectly cut and lay the leather.
To give the design a surprising twist, I used a 5-peso coin to cut the arc.
To tell you honestly, I am that kind of designer who still changes her mind even during the actual construction. I just think a lot of opportunities and ideas reveal themselves not just on the designing stage, but even on the actual manufacturing.
Who am I to deny these new ideas, right? Hehe
After lots of adhesive application, leather-pulling, and material adjusting, I finally made my Slytherin leather sandals!
What do you think merfriends? Should I make this for Versaheel?
Let me know your thoughts! 😀