Saturday, January 26, 2013

V360: New Shoe Goo to Play With (And You Can Too!)

...and by "Shoe Goo" I just mean cool stuff like leather paints, creams, and polishes.  Good stuff.

I've finally been able to get some Angelus products in the shoe shop, particularly for painting all the dyeable leather shoes we sell.  Angelus Leather Paints are my favorite, so easy to use, and give great results.  I painted each of these shoes with Angelus Leather Paints...
Pemberley painted and decorated with Angelus Leather Paints, petersham binding, and ribbons.
Devonshire painted with Angelus Leather Paints, with applied rhinestone, and bound in bias.
Devonshire painted with Angelus Leather Paints, bound in bias.
We've also got Angelus shoe polish and shoe cream to match each of the colors of footwear we sell, including the red for Kensingtons.  Polishing has an *amazing* restorative effect on leather shoes.  For an example, I used Angelus shoe cream and shoe polish on this decrepit pair of antique Edwardian button boots...

What they looked like when they arrived, and what they looked like after applying the shoe cream and polish.  Unbelievable transformation!
So now you can get these handy items in the Accessories section at American-Duchess.com.  We've got:


I'm really looking forward to painting a pair of white 23Skidoo spectators in black and gold (or silver!), and decorating the heels while rhinestones, inspired by some of the amazing gilded leather shoes in the Shoe Icons Museum

Oh, the possibilities!!!



8 comments:

  1. Ooooh! So pretty! I've got the Pemberley, and both versions of the Devonshire. I was planning on painting the Pemberley's for a steampunk regency dress. Sadly it will be a while before I can wear them again. I was a passenger in a car accident in August, where I broke my back and contused my spinal cord. I've been writing about my recovery at my blog, as well as documenting various sewing projects and beaded jewelry designs. I should post some of the historical costumes I've done.

    Looking forward to seeing the 23skidoos painted!

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    1. Oh my goodness! Here's to a swift recovery!

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  2. Oh, they are gorgeous!!! I've used leather dyes in the past but never paints. I really must try this because I have a lot of black and brown shoes that need a pick-me-up! Have you tried any of these paints on man made shoe materials? I wonder if they'd work or just crack or flake off? Something to test on some thrifted shoes! :)

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    1. I have not tried them on man-made, but I have read reviews that do not recommend them for vinyl.

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  3. The title confused me a bit, "shoe goo" is an actual product, it's a sort of rubber cement used for making small repairs to shoes.
    But these paints, they're so pretty! I love every style of shoe you sell, I wish I could buy a pair now but I'm a teenager with no job, so I'll have to wait. When I finally can afford your shoes, I will certainly order some of this shoe goo too.

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  4. So I have a pair of 1940s shoes that need a pick me up. They're navy and white; can I use the Angelus lustre cream on them to revive them a bit? And would neutral be an okay color, or do I need to use a different color on the navy sections? I'm very new to shoe things, so I have lots of questions!

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    1. Yes, you can use the lustre cream and/or the wax on all the leather parts. The neutral is color-less, so works for any leather color. You can use it for both the navy and the white parts.

      If the navy parts need re-pigmenting, like there are cracks showing lighter color, you'll want a shoe polish that matches the color. We don't have navy in the lustre cream, but you can get it at Angelus Direct. You just want to be careful to keep it off the white parts when applying it.

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