Here's the outfit.
Simple, functional office wear. Lightweight cotton jacket – Marketplace: Handwork of India; top – JCP; gray slacks – Lee; jewelry – Etsy.
Here are the shoes.
I (heart) Comfort, cloth, formerly black.
Here's the story.
I forgot I had these shoes. I bought them eight years ago when we first moved here and I started my office job. I needed to get some new clothes, cheap and quick, so I bought these in black.
When I found them again a couple of weeks ago I was thinking how I'd like to have a pair of blue shoes, suede or otherwise. Then the shoe fairy threw these in my face as if to say, "Use your imagination, sweetheart. You won't miss them if it doesn't work."
So I bought blue fabric paint and painted them. After taping off the faux leather trim and the soles, I decided that I'd leave the side panel black. I can always change it later.
Unfortunately, the tape pulled off some of the faux leather so I need to fix that – maybe I can make it look like faux blue leopard (as opposed to real blue leopard). Anyway, they're fixable.
Now here's where I really blue it. I decided to dye this jacket (photographed last summer), and I wanted a kind of denim color.
This is what I got.
The result is not unusable, especially if I swap the buttons. I could also add some layered ruffles to the collar and cuffs.
But – I – do – not – like – the – color.
So, more dye? A vat of watered down fabric paint? Altered couture to the point of making it unrecognizable? What do you think?