Focus on Fashion: The Story of the Lavender Shoes

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.

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  1. I LOVE your shoes! (lavender is my favorite color) .....inspiring me to go on an ebay hunt for some lavender shoes!

    1. Meghan, if you find a great pair, let me know and send a picture! (And if you don't, I have a partially used can of spray paint you could borrow. ..) :)

  2. Oh my goodness! Aren't you creative! I would have never thought to spray a pair of shoes. Those shoes make me happy (and they're much prettier than their former colour).

    Thanks for sharing and happy Friday!

    1. These shoes make me happy, too! I'm beginning to think that spray paint is like duct tape: good for almost EVERYTHING.

    2. Yesterday I needed to go bra shopping. I dropped off the girls at their grandma's house and hit the mall. I landed up with everything but the bra. Everything... including the most beautiful pair of lavender coloured Toms. I'm going to blame you for that purchase! *winks*

      Needless to say, I love them and who would think looking at my feet would brighten my day?! They make me happy because:

      1- I love purple
      2- They make me think of you

      Wishing you well.

  3. I love what you do with spray paint. You've inspired me, actually. Remember that post you wrote about spray painting that (previously tacky and gold) Home Interior for your daughters' bedroom wall? Well, my mother-in-law passed away last month, and when we emptied her trailer, I took all the tacky gold Home Interior with the intention of spray painting it white just like you did. I'll send you a photo of the finished product. xxoo

  4. I am impressed that you remember me spray painting the butterfly decoration! It does make such a difference! Yes, send a picture of your work!

    Most importantly, Brandee, I am very sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you and Jim. Hugs to you!


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