I've been doing an intense spring cleaning all week long, which basically involved moving all my furniture to other rooms in the house, selling large pieces on craigslist, and buying new furniture and linens. A complete re-decoration. This meant going through all my clothing, shoes, and accessories, and re-arranging my storage. In the process I came across these boots, buried up high on a shelf in the darkest back corner. Clearly I had not been wearing them regularly. So scary.
Guys, I seriously don't know what I was thinking. All I know is they were on sale, and it was the mid-2000s. At that point in my life I probably thought these were a timeless classic.
I wore them once. It should be a known fact that style doesn't come easily to me. I actually don't think of myself as having very good style at all. I'm just a sucker for "things." And "finds."
Anyhow, back to the DIYing. So I was like, what do I do with these ugly boots? I could wait till fall and sell them, maybe? Then something popped into my head. It was this J.Crew ankle boot from last fall. They were nothing special, but looked seriously great in all the catalog shots. I loved them more than you can know in a gray suede. But alas, J. Crew wanted like $300 for them. Too much, I said to myself in the fall time.
But then I looked at this big slouchy boot again. And wait, look at that seam! I shall have my J. Crew boot in black!
So I got to cutting. With my Ikea scissors, because clearly I'm no expert leathersmith.
There is this one little issue I realized. There is a white lining material that might show. So I trimmed the lining a little shorter than the outer.
One boot done!
Not bad, right?
Voila, ankle boots!
I realize that the white lining still shows a tiny bit. It's not that bad. I'm thinking of using some leftover strips of leather to create a raw edged trim to line the opening. I'm not sure yet if I want to. If I do, I'll update you on how that works out. I could also just dye/color the white parts black somehow.
And now, what to do with this extra leather leg warmer that is left over?
In conclusion, cutting up your things can be such a good time. I have some more DIY ideas in store for the summer that don't involve much more than a little cut and sew. I'll be sure to share them all with you! Hope you enjoy!