I so often try DIY projects to “try out” trends that I’m not sure I’ll like or aren’t affordable in the stores yet, and this is no exception. Wait, no, that’s a lie.
I always thought the “dog eats your Louboutins” was a joke, or at least an exaggeration, until, well, my dog ate a pair of my favorite shoes. Magnolia is the first dog I’ve ever had! Better yet, she’s O’s and my baby. I feel sorry for her for the day off in the distant future that we bring home a real baby, but for now? She’s totally our baby. O even started calling me “mommy” to her, which I hate. Hated.
Now it’s “Go bother daddy.”
By a certain age, Magnolia began to eat shoes, but only my shoes. Having lived for twenty-five years with no reason to put shoes up and out of the way (other than sheer domestication, of which I am only recently developing even a hint), I learned the hard way. A few times.
This was one of those times. She got ahold of my very favorite pair of nude heels–the color was the exact shade of my skin, there was no platform, the heel was comfortable but high, they were stupid-easy to walk around in, and I could strut through the grocery store with my hips bonking from side-to-side looking casual. Or at least looking like I wasn’t intentionally strutting with bonking hips.
I think I may have shed an actual tear. Yet I couldn’t give them up. I decided to send them into the lab for a bit of plastic surgery, and they came out repurposed and perfect. I painted the toe black to match the cap-toe übertrend, but the nude and black reads as classic and timeless. I painted the bite-marked heel black to match the toe, covering the disaster area.
I liked them so much, I decided to do a DIY tutorial using a deep oxblood color.
All you need? A pair of shoes on which to operate–I used a super cheap pair of nude pumps rom Target; nail polish in the shade you like–oxblood, in this case*; a bit of painter’s tape.
1. Decide how much of the toe you’d like to paint and tape, leaving only that area uncovered. Make sure the tape is pressed down and very secure, so you get no bleed.
2. Get out your nail polish and start painting! I only needed about half a bottle, but I got two just in case. Paint one coat, let dry, then paint another. Repeat until the color is very solid.
3. Let dry completely, then remove paint. Tada!
*If you’re aiming for a clearly-oxblood color, perhaps pick out slightly lighter shade of polish, as the coats will darken the shade.1