Sunday, March 10, 2013

Custom Wedding Shoes Progress: Episode 1

Hey there! I wanted to let you in on my newest project. It's a custom project for my new, sweet friend in Scotland. She's getting married in April and she asked me to design and paint her wedding shoes for her!

What I'm going to show you here and over the next few weeks is my progress for designing and painting the shoes. So, stay tuned to see the transformation!

I began by asking her tons of questions about herself, so I could get to know her better and find out what she likes. Here are some things she listed:
  • She and her fiance dream of someday living on a farm in Australia
  • Her fiance is a woodcarver (so a has a lot of symbolism to them)
  • She is fantastic at making knots
  • The Count of Monte Cristo is her favorite book
  • She loves to sail and travel
After corresponding back and forth a bit, I was able to make some quick sketches for the design and send them to her for her approval.

Her response was so touching. She was very happy with the design, almost to the point of tears! So, needless to say, I started painting.

My idea was to create a romantic scene on the farm they always dreamed about at sunset. As you can see, I've painted few base coats, which I'll soon go over with more detailing. My vision is to have the happy couple sitting in adirondack chairs under a tree, holding hands in the glow of a warm summer sunset.

The heel of the shoe seemed the best place to put the tree (I added a heart and arrow on the tree with their initials). I always love having a design wrap all the way around the heel, so I made the tree roots spiral downward.

NEXT EPISODE: I'll be adding details to the farm and tree branch, and paint in the happy couple!

Miranda Marie


  1. Hi, Miranda, I will be watching the progress with anticipation. Such a unique, beautiful art. Hope you and David are well and happy. Love, Gramma Pat

  2. Those are so cool!! I really like your idea! :) They already look so good, I can't wait to see what they will look like when you're finished!!

  3. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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  4. I was wondering what kind of paint you use for painting shoes.

  5. Hi! Thank you for your question! Depending on the color and material of the shoes I am working on, I typically use acrylic paint or permanent marker... sometimes a mixture of both.

    Love, Miranda Marie

  6. Do you cover the finished work with a type of clear coat? If so, what kind? This is just too stunning, you're very talented! I have an exact pair of boots like this that I got from a friend for my birthday (4 years ago)... but I've never worn then.... the white is just a bit "boring"... I'd love to give this a try to give them some life :D

  7. Hi Landi!

    Thank you. Yes, I did cover these boots. Since they are a rubber material, when covered with paint or permanent marker, the surface of the shoe gets sticky. The way I fixed that was with a thick gloss that I painted over the whole shoe. Once it dried, I had no more problems with it being sticky and the gloss made the colors brighter.

    Good luck and have fun painting your shoes! Let me know if you have any more questions.