Shoe Repair London, Handbag Repairs London - The Restory, London


Case Study


Glittered Chelsea Boots

Dylan Winn-Brown
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Keep the sparkle in your life and put your best foot forward with this month’s glittered Chelsea boots - you’ll be sure to leave those January blues behind!

 

We’ve decided to keep it in the family, as the spotlight’s on our Head of Atelier, Thaís and her beloved Chelsea boots. Thaís is behind the many masterful restoration & re-imagine projects we are proud to have worked on so it made a refreshing change for her to work her magic on a pair of shoes that she can actually enjoy herself! However, this case study was the outcome of a little accident at our atelier – black dye was spilt on Thaís’s burgundy Chelsea boots, quickly soaking into the leather, leaving an irremovable stain. An accident that really turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Since then the boots were put to one side until one day, inspiration struck and glitter was the answer! We’re seeing the glitter trend across all footwear from fancy going-out styles to casual everyday trainers. So glitter was a great way to have some fun and bring Thais’s boots back to life.

 Victoria Beckham SS18

Victoria Beckham SS18

 Dries Van Noten SS18

Dries Van Noten SS18

 

Assessment

The dye that was spilt on the boots was black, so the first step was to dye the rest of the leather black, to create an even colour, like nothing ever happened. This is a full re-colour, so technically the process could have stopped there but what’s the fun in that?

 

RE-IMAGINE

Since Thaís still wanted to wear the boots as an everyday shoe, her final design featured a glitter finish on the front of the boots only, leaving the backside as plain black leather. She felt this would keep them as an easy to wear style, but with an interesting touch. In order to create a good texture and depth for the glitter front, two types of glitter were selected, one with a fine powder- like finish and another with a more thick visible shine that would catch glimpses of light reflection.

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The black glitter was applied in thin coats and thus required several layers. It was mixed with a leather paint composition to ensure the glitter would keep maximum sparkle power at all times! We wouldn’t want to loose anything to the floor so at last a finishing paint was applied to seal the joy.

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Result

After a quick conditioning treatment with a specialist wax for the back of the Chelsea boot, it was time to stand back and admire our in house re-imagine project. Now it’s official: you name it, we glitter it. Our Head of Atelier is so taken with the new-look of her boots, she’s on the hunt for more glittering projects – now’s the time to book your collection. What else would you like to see doused in glitter?

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If you have any ideas you'd like to explore with our atelier team please just get in touch and we’ll help you on your way.