when going for certain styles,
looking shiny, new, & perfect
can often make your look costumey.
like people, scuffs give an item more character & warmth
... a past.
what is vintage if not a story?
a few months ago i purchased the most comfortable flapper shooties for $14 at dsw, but there was just something not right about them. they looked too new.
this is similar to the technique for giving a new statue an aged patina.
1. i took to them with sand paper & a metal finger nail file till they were evenly uneven.
2. next, i rubbed in brown shoe polish followed by black shoe polish.
subtle, but it makes all the difference.
|in my art studio wearing my newly aged shoes.|