Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to upgrade an old pair of loafers on a budget

Last month, in comparison to a D squared shoe, I blogged about a look for less "ALDO velvet slipper". Well today I will be using that shoe to show how you can upgrade an old pair of kicks and make them look even more expensive than your purchase date. 

But first, there are a few key elements you would need.

I frequently shop at military surplus stores to find unique clothing items that aren't in main stream department stores. I was inspired to "upgrade my loafers" when seeing a bin of $1 patches which brought me to think of popular shoe brands; Deltoro and Stubbs and Wootton, who are known for having classic velvet loafers with embroidered crests. Infatuated with the thought of creating my own unique pair, I spent $2 to purchase 2 crests.

Crests can also be purchased at fabric or craft stores.

If you don't know about "Stitch Witchery" also known as "Instant Hem Tape", well you should! It's perfect for hemming a pair of pants without having to use a needle, thread or sewing machine. The fibers act as adhesive when placed with fabric under a hot iron. I've never used this product outside of hemming a pair of pants, so I thought it would be interesting to see if the "magic tape" could do more than its intended purpose.

I purchased the permanent hold roll from a local Walgreen's. This tape can also be found at any fabric store.


 Step 1: To start with a clean surface, I used a lint brush to rid the shoe of unwanted particles.

Visual presentation is everything, even down to your shoes!  

 Step 2: To insure that the rougher part of the crest would adhere to the texture of the shoe, I      
               pealed back the outer layer.

 Step 3: I then began to frame the crest with the stitch witchery by outlining the edges before
               placing it on the shoe.

 Step 4: I placed the patch on the shoe in its desired position.

 Step 5: I began to iron.

When trying this at home, I suggest using a really good iron, preferably one with a steam function. I used the highest setting on my iron to insure that the adhesive would react with the texture on the shoe. I was careful not to place the entire iron on the shoe by just using the tip to prevent iron marks. If you use a crest that could be potentially damaged if an iron is placed directly on it, try using an old t-shirt or towel  to put distance between the iron.

Step 6: After the crest was secured, I used more adhesive along the outline to insure the edges
              would hold. 

Step 7: Repeat on additional shoe.

Simple right? Now these $100 pair of slippers have been upgraded a couple hundred dollars with under $10 being spent.

If you are wanting a more permanent crest, I would suggest taking the time to sew the patch down. I thought about using a thick red thread and going along the outside to outline the shape of the crest however, I decided not to permanently sew it down because knowing me I will probably want to switch it up at a later date.

I've worn these shoes several times in the past 2 weeks from the date that I upgraded them. Even encountered a little rain and the crest is still in tact!!!

Try it for yourself and send me pics (styled@HarrisonTCrite.com) to post on the blog.

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  1. I’m going to make my own pair. I love that you can be individual and add something extra to a classic loafer.

  2. I think you have used tape to stick that crest but are they strong enough to keep the crest attach with the shoes for long time.

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