Saturday, June 26, 2010
Shoes You Need: Kezbirdie
Okay! Now that NHL post-season is officially over, including the 2010 Entry Draft, and Team USA is out of the running for the World Cup, I can try and post regularly again. No distractions this time!
I have a confession to make. I'm a shoe whore. Which is funny, because when I was younger, I distinctly remember seeing how many shoes my mom had, and saying "I'm never going to be like that, all you need is a pair of heels, a pair of sneakers, and a pair of sandals." Such guy mentality. And now, I have so many shoes I have to hide some under my bed at home so my mom doesn't find them. Awesome. (There is a point to this, I promise.)
The most DIY wearable shoes I can probably think of would be the inception of TOMS. I mean, the dude made them himself in the beginning. When it comes to Etsy, I can't bear the thought of crocheted/knitted slippers (my feet are way ticklish), so I look to vintage shoes, or re-designed ones. I am a sucker for hand painting. Which is where kezbirdie comes in.
Her painting still has that homemade feel to it, but it's pretty damn clean. The designs are cute, stuff you probably can't find in stores, and you can tell she puts a lot of thought and work into it. From canvas flats to point-toed heels, from nautical motifs to heart lock and key, and even dragons (if I remember correctly, should be in her sold items), and anything you can come up with (customs!), seems like she can do it all. The designs even come sealed so you don't have to worry if it randomly starts raining while you're wearing them! The only part I'm sad about is the fact that she never has US 6 in her shop.
My faves are definitely the silver notebook doodle heels and the nautical flats (those blue "waves" are to die for, omg). Kez is ALSO a seamstress, talk about multi-talented. In her shop one can also find reconstructed shirts and upcycled vintage, as well as finger-knitted scarves. I'm definitely a huge, huge fan of her painting though. I've tried my hand at painting some Chucks and let's just say it could have gone way better.