Sole Divas DIY

Before you sigh and calculate how one year is 365 days, those days go by very fast and before you know it, your goal is well on it's way to being achieved. So yes, you can set your shoe closet goals and achieve them within a year.   In setting your goals, you need to identify your shoe preferences and then start with stocking up on the basics.  

I've always loved my heels HIGH, like 5" or nothing high. That's the only way i feel elegant and can stand tall (Literally), given my 5ft 4" height. As long as the shoes were gorgeous looking and i could afford them, i would buy them not minding the height.     I suffered in silence. I was a die hard believer of "fashion is pain" especially with shoes and thank God i didn't die from the pain. I would go out wearing my heels looking fly on the outside and dying one step after the other on the inside. It didn't help that i wanted to look like the models on the runway, taking quick steps like i had sneakers on. As i got older (and wiser), i started to accept the fact that it wasn't the way to live.

As much as i love to talk non stop about fabulous shoes, it's important i share tips on how to get the best out of them too. Today's post is all about shoe storage in a small space.   So, you're a shoe lover and you buy shoes as often as you get your monthly cycle. Soon enough, you have your shoes scattered all over the place or mounted on top of one another, because you no longer have any more space to store them.

It's exactly 7 days to Valentine's day, oh yes, i'm counting. Getting a new pair of shoes for that dinner date maybe way out of budget. If you're like me, you may be bored with all your shoes at that moment. My go to solution at a time like that would be to DIY for love....hehehehehehe!!! In a few easy steps, here's how to take your shoe game from Bleh to Glam with Glitter.

It's Thursday, we should be throwing it back but instead let's DIY. Taking care of your shoes is important. They will only look good on your feet when they maintain the original state they were bought. Satin, Suede and Velvet are usually the most delicate materials to maintain, especially on this side of the world where we have to deal with a lot of dust. I will touch on all shoe upper materials in subsequent posts but today i'd start with Satin.

I recently copped these Dorothy Perkins Laser Cut Pumps in a nude color and i had been super excited about wearing them. Fast forward to Church the following Sunday, i had not taken more than a few steps and they started to bite, i mean bite really hard. Half way into the service, they were off so i could wiggle my toes. Tight shoes can be a mess. A few years ago, that would have been the last time i'd wear them, but because i have been forced to give out many shoes i love, i knew i had to find a solution. Those shoes were a size 8, there's no way i would not be able to wear them. So i put some hacks i had learned to use, which i should have done prior to that.

No more just a pair of in house footwear, the Pom Pom, feathers and fur shoe trend is one that has come to stay as a fashion statement piece. From Carrie Bradshaw's Dolce and Gabanna Fur Sandals featured in the HBO Sex And The City series to Paul Andrew's 2017 Fall/Winter Feather sandals at the 2017 New York Fashion Week, the trend has evolved over the years and looks like it's going no where.5h0Vy   paul-andrew-nyfw-fall-2017-shoes-photos-16

In recent times i have been trying my hands on shoe sketching. I would say i generally suck when it comes to drawing, so i've had to go back to the basics. I'm not perfect yet, it doesn't necessarily have to be perfect, but there's an amazing feeling that comes with being able to interpret those ideas in your head on paper with a sketch. RELATED POST: THE AMAZING ARTWORK OF SOPHIA WEBSTER For every time i go into a stationery store now, i am collecting colored pencils and sketch pads and drawing pencils, it's my new obsession. Of course I've had to look up to some of my favorite footwear designers for inspiration and guidance and it's great to see that many of these shoes start with a sketch. You own it when you can add this and take that out and adjust this till you get just what it is you're looking to create. Manolo Blahnik by far has the most collection of sketches and this book Manolo Blahnik Drawings is up on my next "To Buy" list. (Hint Hint - Christmas never can come too early)

It's been an amazing 2 seasons in this mini series "The Diary Of A Shoe Lover". I trust you guys have enjoyed the story so far. What started out to be the story of a girl who was in love with shoes and would clean her bank account dry to get her favorite pair, grew into the lives, times and experiences of three women and their loved ones. I enjoyed writing every episode and i like how i was able to get lost in each character. Your favorite series will come to an end with this episode and i hope you've learned a few lessons or can relate to some of the experiences. Enjoy and share your thoughts. Xoxo, Jay.