I posted a picture on Fall For DIY’s Facebook page the other day which had a lot of people telling me off for my choice of footwear. All in good spirits of course, but in any case I leapt to the defence of my sandal choice (well, cried a bit) and vowed to keep wearing them until my toes get – just a bit – numb (well, made whining noises). You get the gist. I don’t want to stop wearing sandals just because we’re prone to downpours at a moments notice or because when I step on the wrong paving stone I’ll have a wet foot for the remainder of the day. NO. I’ll wear sandals until it snows or I start getting told off by people in the street (this has actually happened. Not to me but a friend in a Croatian public bathroom….)
So, for all you tough, sandal loving hero’s (and you lucky, lucky guys from hotter climes) here’s a little something for you: Metallic Birkenstocks! I’ve added links to the real deal Birkenstocks to update but I suggest this more as a great way to pep up an old pair (or find a similar style sandal) and give them an on trend update.
- Clean up and tape all parts of the sole leaving the whole leather strap exposed.
- Undo the straps of the leather.
- Spray a light layer of paint over the leather and buckle and leave to dry.
- Repeat the last step 3/4 times until you’re happy with the coverage. Do not be tempted to spray thicker layers. You’ll end up with streaky and blobby bits. That’s not the look we’re going for.
- When you’re completely happy with the coverage of the paint leave to fully dry for a few hours. Carefully peal back the tape.
Now wear your sandals with pride, but do your best to avoid muddy puddles and soggy grass.