Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Putting My Best Artsy Shoe Forward....

I'm at that age when I prefer my shoes to be comfortable. I used to love wearing high heels and probably had a bit of a shoe addiction. But back in 2000, when HB and I were living up in the Bay area, I discovered a pair of shoes that I loved and they were like wearing my house slippers....



They are Dansko clogs and I bought my first pair that year. I wore them everywhere! I can't even imagine how many miles I logged wearing those shoes. I finally wore a hole in the toe of one shoe just a couple of years ago and promptly bought myself a new pair exactly the same.

The old pair sat around gathering dust and I kept thinking I'd like to experiment with them and maybe paint something on them. Well, I finally got around to doing just that!

Here are my old clogs newly painted....



Here is a close-up of the hole in the toe!



You can tell how old these are by the edging along the top of the shoe....



That (and the hole) is the only place where they are worn. Otherwise they're still in great shape. The soles look almost like new so I'm sure I'll get a few more miles out of these now that I've re-vamped them.



I used a Sharpie poster paint pen on these and then sprayed them with several coats of varnish. I don't know how they'll hold up but I'm going to test them out.

I've always liked my clothes to be individual to me but over the years I've gotten away from that. I think I might be headed back that way now!

Ok, I'm off to test drive my new old shoes!! Do something crazy today!!

46 comments:

  1. And that's why we call it Whacky Wednesday because it's time to do something completely off the wall around this time in the week to revamp your energy. I LOVE THESE SHOES!! Great job! I'll be posting on my blog soon and linking to this. May I post a picture of your shoes as well?

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  2. Oh! Oh! Oh! I am completely in love with them! I wear clogs often and never ever thought of something like this. Not that I would ever be able to make it like you did, but just the thought makes me smile. WONDERFUL!!!!

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  3. Oh my, Janet! I'm totally in love with your revamped clogs! Very cool!

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  4. I love these, Janet--you're so fun!

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  5. These are so very cool! WOW! they are just terrific.

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  6. I could have written this post verbatim. Those shoes are so similar to my comfy merrels...I have always bought different clog style shoes along the way!Love those ones and want some. I'm considering ordering some, can you email me your shoes size and what size you order those in. Love love LOVE, the arty shoes, they look fabulous, I would totally wear them. You have inspired me to do my blank clogs from holland. Did you see this post last year...http://happytiler.blogspot.com/2009/08/unusual-blank-canvases.html#links

    Janet we were always artists, just didn't know it I guess. Isn't it cool when you start finding the real you?
    Big Hugs Giggles

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  7. I love those shoes, you did a fantastic job on them....and that mail art....I received mine today and was thrilled will email you...check tommorow you will see it again.

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  8. FABULOUS!!!! They came out GREAT....I love revamping things still usable! I've painted shoes in the past and depending on the paint and finish it lasted pretty long! I bet people stop you and ask where you got your shoes!!
    XOXO

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  9. Love them. Zen shoes how great. Love Hugs and Blessings

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  10. Oh my gosh - I love them! Those are so cool! I painted a pair of cheapie sneakers a couple of years ago and I've wanted to do something else that might last longer, ever since. You're inspiring me again...

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  11. Too Cute!
    You're so talented and an endless inspiration!

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  12. Oh you are friggin awesome!!! Yeah, I'm a Dansko wearer myself( and they make you taller!) Bummed now that I threw out my old ones...Not as clever as you though!!! I got a new pair...not as comfortable?? Don't know what is the matter...my first pair was a kind of suede, this pair is shinier and doesn't give as well...boo hoo...next pair will be open backed ones...Luv ya kid,,

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  13. They are marvelous, I just love your creative mind.

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  14. I LOVE what you did with them, Janet!!! COOL!!

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  15. I love them...not only do I love them - I want them!!! They are so cool!!! YES! Great job!

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  16. Wouldn't we look a treat out on the town--me in my flowery Birkenstocks and you in your Doodle Art Dansko clogs.
    Now that would turn a few heads eh?

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  17. Great shoe design Janet! Can I have them? ;) xoxoxo

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  18. Janet, you are so FUN!!! My kind of people!! What a super idea and those shoes look ADORABLE!! I hope they hold up well, because you put so much work into them.....I'd love to hear the compliments I know you will be getting while you are out!!

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  19. They look awesome, Janet! Totally different! You definitely rock! :o)

    Kisses and love from us.

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  20. Those are some cool looking shoes my friend! Great job!
    Hugs
    Sophie

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  21. One day,I accidentally dropped a drip of acrylic paint on my Ryka clogs I wear around the house. I was thinking about trying to paint them and now you have given me another idea...I love what you did to your clogs and how you will be able to wear them a geat deal longer...very inspiring!!!
    Mary
    PS...don't you hate how they are killing characters off on LOST...I guess they have to resolve it somehow.

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  22. Oh Janet I love these shoes.You did a fantastic job on them...

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  23. Fabulous. I'm jealous and now want both comfy shoes and to be able to send them to you with a demand for something individual :)

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  24. Janet, I love those zentangled shoes. Comfort has always been a favorite for me! SAS are what I wear, and I love them!!

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  25. they are brilliant!!!!

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  26. Janet !!!!
    I love your style and artsy personality! and I totally agree....we don't need to be all looking the same...
    but while individuality is a tough thing for most people to find,
    it is a MUST for artistic souls!

    well done...that design detailing is awesome! you should market those!
    I'd love to try that out myself! but your doodles are far superior!

    have a great day!!!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  27. Anonymous11:03 AM

    WoW! Incredibly stellar cool! Good job, they are beautiful. I'm sending you my boots! Oh, and my canvas Keds, oh..and.. hahaha
    ~mol :)

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  28. I zipped by the other day and saw this post. I LOVE what you've done with your shoes! YeeHaw!

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  29. I love Dansko's too. They are one of the brands that fit my narrow, bony feet.
    You did an amazing job on these shoes Janet!

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  30. Janet, you always make me smile, but today I am in giggles...what a great idea. You did good!!! I know what you mean about having that one pair of shoes that are your very own, they become apart of you.
    Now you can keep them forever. Put them somewhere so you can see them.
    On the subject of shoes...I went shopping yesterday for a new pair of sandles...they are really fun. My son Cory gave me a gift card for Macy's so off I went. So many shoes, so little time.
    Would it be cool to post them????
    Love Ya, Mary

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  31. I am grinning from ear to ear after reading this post! Love your clogs and your revamping of them!
    Love your individuality and creativity my friend.
    Big hugs
    Dot xx

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  32. Oh my WORD Janet! You are amazing .... those are absolutely darling!

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  33. Janet!!!!!!!! I LOVE THESE SHOES!!!!!!!!! I can ONLY wear Crocs....I have very picky feet these days and they are the ONLY shoes I wear...I have khaki, pink, navy, lime green, light blue, and dark brown...now I want your doodle crocs!!! SO CUTE!!! I get excited over comfy shoes, can you tell? I love being different in what I wear too...I'll pay you to decorate me a pair!!! So what's your price? LOL

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  34. WOW! That is amazing! They look so different...kind of funky in a really fun way! I love them...they look like YOU now! ♥

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  35. Those shoes are make for walking ! Wonderful up-cycling, the arty way, Janet !

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  36. OMG, Janet!! I LOVE THEM!!! You should submit a picture of them to Rick and Maria on Zentangle.com, they have a blog now and they love to have pictures like your clogs to post on their blog! Ok,,so now I am wanting some black dansko clogs so I can design mine own too.
    Your so talented!
    Have a great week-end!
    xoxoxo

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  37. Wow, this is so cool!! Great job.

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  38. These ROCK! You are an inspiration! I wonder if I have shoes I can play with and not be afraid to screw up!

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  39. The clogs are sooo awesome. I just love that they are one of a kind. Great inspiration. Definitely send them to the zentangle blog, they are fantastic!

    happy day!
    ~marcia...who is now checking out her old shoes :)

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  40. Love them. You've given me the courage to do the sam with my not unique but very comfortable shoes. Thanks for the inspiration

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  41. I SERIOUSLY think you should do this to the new ones!
    They are so unique that way.

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  42. beautiful work!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. Thought I would do a little browsing, Janet, and look what I found. My gosh, these shoes are outstanding. I need to find a seller of this style as well. Comfort. That is my middle name.

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  44. I too LOVE my Dansko. They are fabulous, and now I know what to do with my old pair, thanks for hte idea!!!!!

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  45. Great job ..love your shoes. I found your site by searching doodle art dansko's.
    I have done the same thing but it was because nurses no longer have wear white shoes. Mine were to comfy to part with so I started dooodling on them and wear them all of the time now.

    They are very cute.

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