Thursday, October 14, 2010

Raising the Vamp

I liked this outfit a lot; I thought the subtle polka dots added a lot of interest to the all-dark color scheme, and everything was soft, stretchy, and completely comfortable. I've also worked on these boots a little more since putting the Foot Petals in; awhile back I finally got a good quality boot stretcher because I have several pairs that are tight across the top of my foot, especially on my slightly larger right foot.

Stretching boots follows pretty much the same process as stretching shoes, only you need a different kind of stretcher for increasing the width versus the kind I got for raising the vamp. The stretchers themselves are also a good deal more expensive, so I just bought one and resolved to be patient while I stretched each pair one boot at a time. But after years of owning these boots and wearing them relatively little, I've finally managed to fix all their comfort issues and am excited to get more use out of them.

Dress: from local boutique Ruby
Tank top, vest: F21
Obi belt: Audra Jean
Skirt: thrifted
Boots: from Scoop in Copenhagen

9 comments:

ashe mischief said...

Audi, you're an inspiration when it comes to stretching shoes! I really, REALLY need to take a few pairs in so that they can become well loved... or just invest in shoe stretchers!

Between Laundry Days said...

Those are GREAT boots, and I'm totally in love with this olive-on-brown obi belt!

Nadine2point0 said...

Just found your blog - love it!

Sal said...

I'm really gonna have to pick your brain about shoe stretching someday ...

Jenna M. said...

Love that look!

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Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love the obi belt - off to go and check out your shop to see if I can get me one.

Fawn said...

Looks like you wrote this right after our conversation about whether or not I should keep the boots I just bought! I've decided against it -- they're just not quite right -- but I'm going to go stock up on Foot Petals now.

I love this outfit, especially the dress!

lawyerdoll said...

What ARE Foot Petals?

I adore this look... amazing!

Audi said...

Emma: The obi isn't currently listed in the shop, but you can special order one if you convo Mark through Etsy. He can tell you which colors are available.

lawyerdoll: Foot Petals makes a whole line of different pads for the inside of shoes; some go under the ball of the foot, some behind the heels, etc. I like them; they're made of a very thin but dense foam, so they don't make your shoes too tight.