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Togepi plush

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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fourteen

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Heelless shoe details

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Thanks for your comments on my custom heelless shoes. Here are my tips for making a similar pair. Hopefully this entry will answer more of your questions.

platform material

The Shoes

The top part of the shoe is made of black leather. Pliability is your friend here because the material will go past your ankle making it subject to a lot of bending. Pick soft leather. You will notice that unlike the original Night Makers the leather does not extend to the platform. Unsurprisingly, shoemakers do not have a mold for this kind of shoe. The platforms had to be attached to the shoe later in the process.

The 4 inch platform is made of layers of dense, rigid foam. This makes the finished shoe lighter and absorbs the shock to the ball of the foot. Needless to say, all your weight will be on the front of the shoe. Well, almost all. For this reason I do not recommend wood. If you do use wood, you’re gonna need insoles to protect your feet from blistering. The sole is made of one piece cut from a sheet of thin but tough rubber.

Here you see the zipper that runs along the Achilles’ heel. A thin piece of fabric prevents the zipper from rubbing against skin.

Balancing

Part of the appeal of this design is the seemingly impossible center of gravity of the wearer. Personally I would have liked the platform to be an inch narrower. People ask me all the time whether it is difficult to walk in these. It’s not. As long as there is support directly underneath the ball of the foot you will be able to balance on it with practice. My geta only has a one inch wide ‘tooth’ directly under the ball of the foot and I have no problems balancing on them.

Another crucial part of the design is the overall rigidity of the bottom of the shoe. Embedded in the sole is a thin metal rod. This acts as a lever and helps distribute some of the weight to the arch of the foot. Without this, the unsupported heel will tend to fall back. The last thing you wanna do while wearing this is to lean back. Trust me! The metal should extend from the heel and past the ball of the foot. Any shorter and it will dig into your foot. Ouch!

If you have any more questions feel free to post them in the comments.

[Custom heelless shoes, studded leather wrist band, Storm watch, ASOS pants]

Crafting with Amy Sedaris

Friday, November 5th, 2010

reading Simple Times by Amy Sedaris

I’m reading my copy of Simple Times: Crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris (and the sexy Paul Dinello).

Black and Red Geta

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

tengu geta with red straps

The straps snapped a few weeks ago. I miss wearing this geta. Oh, the memories. Hurting my feet, falling outside a breakfast restaurant, not being able to walk up inclines, the blisters. Ahehehe. Some comments I’ve gotten while wearing these:

Overheard behind me at a thrift store: “Whoo, that’s hot! Brianna, look at his shoes!”

“Is that for exercising your calves?”

“How do you balance? That’s crazy!”

“Wow. Have you fallen?”

With a confused look: “Excuse me, sir. What are those?”

To his buddies: “Look, look. Man, that’s radical.” To me: “Hey, where’d you get those?”

Lady who stopped her car: “That’s cool!”

Alanis in Beans

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

bean portrait of alanis

I posted a preview of this months ago. It’s been hanging in my living room. I made this bean (and popcorn) portrait of Alanis Morissette from the Under Rug Swept album cover. I drew the face on a grid on the paper before setting the seeds. Below is a section in detail.

beans and popcorn

Barcelona vacation poster

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

poster made from pictures taken in Barcelona

I made a poster from pictures of my time in Spain last year. This is going on my living room wall. Aah, memories.

Goodbye heelless leather sandals

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Last month the leather snapped off and no nailing or supergluing could put it back together. I’ve discarded this pair since. I miss wearing them. Unbelievably, I never fell with these on. I can’t say the same for the other creations that followed.

One-toothed geta

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I customized these Japanese wooden slippers by adding a 4 inch tooth to the soles. I also painted them black and moved the strap off-center. They’re surprisingly easy to walk in. Standing still is another story. What I do is tilt one slipper forward and rest the heel of the other foot on the lowered front of the other.

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

My wooden sandals drying in the sun