Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Outfitting Your Plain Pumps With Fierce Feather

Written by Melissa Clark
 Active Image We all have them. The fairly nice pumps that we got to go with everything but ended up never wearing. These possessions leave a gal with two choices: let them collect dust and weigh on her conscience for their neglect or get creative. As a rule, I always choose to get creative, and what better way than to add feathers? They come in all colors, patterns, and sizes, are iridescent or matte, and add such a chic touch to what used to be plain-Jane. The process is super-simple, and in about three hours you can have an amazingly chic and fashionable (couture nonetheless!) new pair of kicks for a fraction of what they would cost in the boutiques that carry them.
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We all have them. The fairly nice pumps that we got to go with everything but ended up never wearing. These possessions leave a gal with two choices: let them collect dust and weigh on her conscience for their neglect or get creative. As a rule, I always choose to get creative, and what better way than to add feathers? They come in all colors, patterns, and sizes, are iridescent or matte, and add such a chic touch to what used to be plain-Jane. The process is super-simple, and in about three hours you can have an amazingly chic and fashionable (couture nonetheless!) new pair of kicks for a fraction of what they would cost in the boutiques that carry them.

Supplies:
• Pumps
• Feathers
• A hot glue gun or E6000 glue
• Scissors

Directions:
1. Find the shoes beneath the piles of shoes you’ve chosen over them for the past year.

2. Head online or to your nearest craft store (or, if you prefer an adventure, head to Dersh Feather Corps in NYC and haggle with the little old Greek man like I did) and find some feathers! Peacock and pheasant feathers are the prettiest, and pads or trim will probably yield the one’s most appropriate for this project. Finally, go to your local craft store and grab either a hot glue gun or E6000 glue.

3. Trim the feathers. There will likely be some down-like ends on them, which will just get messy, so trim them into a nice nickel-sized teardrop shape. You can do this by grabbing the area you want with your thumb and pointer, and then pinching up the pieces you don’t want with your other hand and pulling them back to expose the shaft of the feather. With the excess part between two fingers, use scissors to chop the part you want away and discard the excess into a bowl (otherwise the excess goes flying everywhere and you look like you got into a pillow fight).

4. Put a dab of glue on the back of a feather and place it in the center-front of the shoe. Continue gluing feathers along that edge until you’ve gone all the way around.

5. Begin a new row by placing two feathers flanking (but below) the center-front feather to create a fishscale pattern. Simply continue this process until you get to the sole of the shoe.

6. Let the feathers sit for about two hours.

7. You’re done! You, the creative genius that you are, have just taken a boring old pair of shoes that you never planned to wear and made them into a chic, one-of-a-kind statement piece, sure to be the envy of everyone who snags a look!

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