I've been wanting to try this DIY with thrift store boots, but have been reluctant to spend money on a project that may not work out. I thought I'd give it a test run on something I already own first.
I bought these boots somewheres around 2005. I'm really not sure how they've avoided the giveaway pile for so many years... they've even moved with me no fewer than three times.
The boots before:
The boot(s) after:
I think my DIY boots look a bit like these, which are on sale for $625 at Saks.
Last, a side-by-side B&A shot for good measure:
What you'll need:
- old pair of boots
- box cutter or exacto knife
- super glue (optional)
- good sharp scissors
2) Using the box cutters, carefully cut across the top. Clean up the edge with scissors as needed.
3) Use box cutters to cut along the insole as well, in order to fully release the piece from the bottom of the toe.
4) Once the piece is removed from the shoe, try it on to gauge if the cut-out needs to be larger. (Mine did) Remark and cut as necessary.
5) For tall boots--like mine, cut the boot shaft at ankle or desired height. (OPTIONAL/see here)
6) If desired, cut a width from the shaft to use as a boot spat--like mine. (OPTIONAL/see here)
7) For a more finished look, cut a long thin strip to be used as bias tape. Superglue it in half lengthwise over your raw ankle cut. Repeat on toe cut if desired. (OPTIONAL/see here)
NOTE: The boots I used were synthetic, not real leather. This meant there were several layers of stretchy fabric type stuff to cut through and IT WAS A REAL PAIN! I recommend using real leather so you'll only have one layer to cut through.
What do you think? You likey? Are you inspired to refashion your unworn boots instead of buying new ones?