I have a colleague who owns the cutest pair of flats in the most unexpected color: a vibrant shade of lavender. Whether she's wearing a gray sweater and skinny jeans or a flowing tunic and dress pants with them, I've simply cannot get over those shoes.
At the risk of overly-romanticizing a pair of flats, I must admit that they are the most delightfully colored shoes I've ever seen.
The problem is that I've never seen a pair of lavender shoes for sale. Oh, I've seen plenty of colored shoes, but nothing quite this color, nothing quite as fresh and luscious as this lavender.
The other week when I was in my closet, my eyes settled on this pair of shoes that I picked up, unworn, at a thrift store for two dollars. They're really quite comfortable. I looked at them for a while. While there's nothing remarkably wrong with the color teal (minus the exception that it might be too reminiscent of the 80's), it just isn't lavender.
So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Or, more directly, I decided to take wads of tissue paper into my own hands and stuff them into those teal flats.
Just to pre-emptively warn you, it's precisely at this point in the blog post when you should say, "Oh, no you didn't." And it's precisely at this point when I would say, "Oh, yes, I did."
Yes, I spray painted the shoes that I bought for two dollars at a thrift store.
Typing that last sentence made me wince a little, I'll admit. Don't judge.
On second thought, go ahead and judge. Here's a picture of the final product: my very own pair of lavender flats that, with enough ingenuity, can be surprisingly versatile in my wardrobe.
Quirky, but versatile. Unorthodox, but versatile. Perhaps downright redneck, but versatile.
And most importantly: lavender.