There is a misconception among some people who know me and are familiar with this blog that because I have a fervent love of footwear I’d make an amazing shoe designer. Well, guess what? That’s a big fat WRONG.
Are you surprised I would say something like this? Please don’t be. It’s natural to assume a shoe blogger would make a decent shoe designer.
However, the problem for me is that I like so many things, have so many interests and have such an eclectic taste in clothes and fashion that to narrow my focus to create just one pair of shoes becomes a big challenge. The thought of the task makes me anxious; gives me that empty stomach feeling of – dare I say – intense worry.
Then, one day, a package in the mail arrived from TOMS asking me to DIY a pair of the brand’s classic canvas shoes using some art supplies to express my personal style and individuality. My biggest footwear worry had come true – yikes!
For about three weeks I procrastinated DIYing these shoes for fear of making a complete disaster of them. Knowing I couldn’t put off my foray into design any longer, I did what any sensible person would do – I Googled the words “shoe DIY” for help.
In the end I decided to channel my love for art and American painter Jackson Pollock, and created a pair of abstract expression inspired shoes. Using a variety of paint and brushes I threw, squirted and dabbed an array of colours onto my shoes and – voila – my results! In the midst of designing my first pair of shoes, I completely forgot about making mistakes and became engrossed in the artistic process – it was quite enjoyable and fun.
If my amateur foray into shoe design has piqued your interest you can purchase a pair online and give it a go, or participate in TOMS’s Style Your Soles event. And, of course, for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, they’ll donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need.