Dear Shiny Patent Black Flats from Target: How I loved you, for awhile. You got me through many court appearances where I stood in front of the mirror at 5:30am, ready to commute to another county, unable to imagine wearing heels. You could be casual or you could be professional. You saw me through a lot, but then your toes went and committed patent leather suicide, and I couldn’t wear you anymore.
Still, I couldn’t bear to let go, because I loved you more than most small children and tiny fuzzy animals. I’ll never let go, Jack.
Finding a comfortable new pair of black flats is still on the agenda, and I was bitterly disappointed that Target doesn’t carry this style anymore. They are just that comfortable.
Then I remembered this tutorial. I could fix them! I didn’t know whether I wanted to fix just the toes or glitter the entire shoe, save for the twisted part across the top, but I figured I would start with the toes and see what they looked like.
All you need is Mod Podge, glitter (I used Martha Stewart’s superfine glitter), masking tape, a sponge brush, and a paper plate.
Next, mix a teaspoon of glitter with a large amount of Mod Podge.
Apply as many coats as you need, with a 30-minute drying time in between each coat. I used 3, but touched them up with a fourth. At the end, wash your brush (or use a new one) and paint a coat of Mod Podge ONLY, over the glitter. The original tutorial calls for a sealant, but I can’t speak for that either way. I should probably look into getting one.
All in all, I liked how they turned out – silly, but funky, and great with jeans. The turquoise is much darker in real life, and since at least half of my wardrobe is turquoise – and the rest coordinates with it – it made me happy to repair these incredibly comfortable shoes with a little bit of color.
- Mod Podge: $7.50 (with 90% of the bottle left)
- Superfine Glitter: $7.20 for a 3-pack (different colors) on Amazon (60% of the turquoise bottle left, both other colors remaining)
The only problem is that now I want to glitter over everything. To the thrift store! I must rescue more shoes!