I have to tell you that I am totally obsessed with shoes. I am like a Kardashian when it comes to these suckers. And yes, my dream is to have a shoe closet!
So last week when I fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole and found these, I had to have a pair. I immediately raced to the vans website, but couldn’t find them ANYWHERE! After a bit more research it became clear that these were customized. Okay, off to etsy to find a seller. Whoa! 85-150 bucks, for Vans? No way.
That’s when it hit me. “I can do this. How hard can it be?” Now normally when I say this, it turns out to be really hard and usually an epic fail (like the time I tried to wax my own eyebrows, or weave my own hair) But this time, I took my time, read a few posts around town and came up with a full proof plan.
I already had a pair of white Vans, and the applique was only a few dollars plus free prime shipping. Done deal! I am off on my own customizable adventure.
Here is what you will need, and trust me this is not difficult!
- One pair vans: Any color
- Applique: here is the link to the one I bought. https://www.amazon.com/Applique-Embroidery-Appliques-Scrapbooking-Decorative/dp/B06XK5LBF1/ref=sr_1_91?crid=7IETBA5W2L6U&keywords=flower+applique&qid=1548192080&sprefix=flower+appl%2Caps%2C217&sr=8-91
- E 6000 or other fabric glue that stretches.
Before you get started it is best to stuff the shoes with something to keep the sides flat. I used a couple pairs of men’s socks. Now you are ready to begin. Turn the shoe on its side and align the flower to the logo. Start by gluing ONLY the large flower and centering it. It takes about 8 hours to dry. Once the center flower is dry, you can work with the other flowers moving them around to get the look you want. Don’t worry if some of the glue seeps out from under the applique. Use a Q-tip to wipe it off and remember the glue will dry clear.
And Voila! You have your own one of a kind Vans!