Note: Though this is a somewhat long and rambling post about shoe adornment, I do include a quick-and-easy DIY for the shoe elastics above. Scroll down for the tutorial!
As evidenced by the above Polyvore I made, elastic-banded pumps are in, in, in! I love how the black stretchy part over the upper contrasts so sharply with a shiny patent.
But I get the weird feeling that these will also be passe in a couple seasons. What to do??? I love that in Japan they’ve taken the idea of shoe-adornment to a whole ‘nother level with shoes that feature removable bands so you can change up your look whenever you get bored.
The concept of shoe bands is kinda similar to shoe clips, but just…bands. If you opt to adorn the top of your boot, then maybe Bandits are for you! They carry a number of different styles, not just the Southwestern-inspired motif pictured above.
Shoe bands! Right. So why buy when you can…
You guessed it!
(This is soooo simple!)
*your favorite pair of heeled shoes
*about 8″ elastic
*thread matching elastic color
(sorry, no photos…but you can definitely figure it out!!)
1. Start by puting on the pair of shoes you want to adorn with elastics. Wrap a piece of thick elastic around the upper part of your foot (halfway onto your arch). The band needs to go all the way around the pump and overlap about a 1/2″ on the underside, in front of the heel. Make sure it’s tight so it won’t slip down (just not too tight since we don’t want to crush our foot bones!).
2. Cut elastic to correct length.
3. Sew on a sewing machine – just reinforcing the overlap area on the elastic.
See? The meeting of the two ends is at an angle – NOT straight on.
I’ve found they work best when the elastic overlaps at an angle – NOT one side meeting the other side exactly – to accommodate the curve of your foot. Repeat for other elastic.
Presto! It’s like you have a whole new pair of shoes!
And I also tried adding thinner elastic to the ends of silver vinyl belting for a different look…and sparkly silver ribbon for yet a third look. Both have thinner pieces of elastic sewn onto the ends of the contrasting ribbons. (The elastic is only about 1.5″ long in-between, for the underlay part and to allow the band to slide over the widest part of the shoe at the toe.)
You could do virtually anything! Chain overlaid onto ribbon…frilly ribbon with grosgrain in the center…a line of sequins…anything at all!
So simple, yet never thought of diying it! Thanks for the idea!
I'm totally trying this! I have one pair of built-in elastic pumps already (<3 Vera Wang), and I love that they actually stay on my feet. I tend to buy my shoes at least half a size too big so they don't tear holes in my embarrassingly-weak ankles, and this is the perfect practical-yet-chic solution to keep them on! Thanks!
Nice idea. =)
Although, I do have to say that boot chains have been around a lot longer than Litter. Today they're experiencing a resurgence, but they were huge on the punk scene in the 70's/80's and the biker scene from even earlier. 😉
I created my own version of the Litter shoe chains and made a tutorial, check it out: http://transientexpression.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/shoe-jewelry/
It was even easier than I thought–you should give it a go! The shoe elastics are a great idea, too. Gotta give that a try.