doing a diy moccasin was a cool idea that came to my attention after i saw this tutorial on just love.ly things. of course, it's not a true "diy," since it's just a kit you buy at michaels.
still, i was intrigued enough to try it...
(of course, thenonious always gets into whatever it is i'm doing.)
the instructions seemed complicated, but with some effort, could be followed alright.
a half-completed moccasin-
i also got a little strip of leather and made a heart cutout for embellishment!
the leather of the embellishment and the moc ended up being too similar. so i just painted around the edges with some acrylic paint. i then sealed the deal with some tacky glue, and connected the heart cutout and moc for lyfe.
look how pretty!
if you're wondering how these moccasins hold up as actual footwear, here's my review-
i wore them out to the lower east side one night. first of all, i was afraid that since they are soft soles, they'd rip like a piece of paper... not the case! i could walk in them just fine.
as for comfort, they rival my minnetonkas... with the slight lead going to the kit moccasins! only problem was the inside laces rubbing up against my toes after awhile, which was totally bearable. i think it might've been because i picked a size too small.
but don't get too excited.... at the end of the night, one of the heels started coming undone. i'll have to re-tie it with another cord, and i think i'll probably glue it this time too, just to be sure.
also, after a night on the town, these definitely looked much more worn than when i first put them on. i'm afraid i'll only be able to wear them on short errands and around the house. sadly, these just aren't made for the wear and tear of everyday city life... which is basically what i require out of all my shoes.
i'm still glad i made them. they are so cute, and i feel like you can make a dozen variations with different embellishments. i had fun, and i'd say they're worth a try! i'd pick up this kit again and do another embellishment fer shure (if it were on sale...)
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