Comic book style shoes project

5th March 2014

I’ve been working on a little creative project recently. Comic book style shoes!

I got the idea from etsy.com where people took a plain pair of shoes and covered them with comic book panels. I’d always wanted a pair but I wasn’t prepared to pay the over the top prices that they’re sold for. I thought to myself “how hard can it be?” to make a pair of my own.

It’s a time-consuming process and it can get a bit frustrating but all in all it’s quite rewarding and I really enjoy it. I’m currently working on a pair for a friend of mine who is also a comic book lover. I’m hoping that the more I make the better I will get at it. But even so, I am really impressed with my first attempt.

I am genuinely thinking about making them to sell, but obviously at a much lower price than those on Etsy (for competitive reasons!). Even if I sell them for £15 a pair (US$25 approx.)  I will still be making a profit. And then I will have to factor in postage costs. It also depends how cheap I can buy Mod Podge for as it’s made in the US and so isn’t cheap or easy to get your hands on here. It’s still a lot cheaper than £80 a pair that they are sold on Etsy for. I can make them either with flats or heels, and I can customise them for any particular comic book character.

What do you think of the comic book shoes? Would you like a pair?

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  1. Elena

    They look so awesome! From the pictures it looks like you did great for the first time making them. And I love the panels that you have picked. And the shoes in themselves look really cute with the bow. I think you said something about looking for high heels but I think it looks really great with flats.

    I hate how everything that looks amazing are so expensive on etsy. And then there is shipping as well, and shipping to Norway isn’t that cheap plus you have to pay extra taxes for everything that is over 20£ (200 NOK).

    But yeah, you did great work on these. I hope you post a picture on instagram of the ones you are making for your firend, because these are so pretty.

    • Thank you. :D

      I’d love to do them with heels because they’d look so awesome. The awkward things I can’t wear flats like these because they completely destroy my feet so I just have to look at them instead haha!

      Etsy is a rip off from everything. The initial prices may not be too bad but, like you say, the shipping costs are so high!

      Will do. :) I think I’m making some Justice League ones for my friend.

  2. Ella

    When I saw the picture, I thought to myself, “Wow! Those are pretty neat. I haven’t seen anything quite like that before.” Then I read that you made them and that it was your first attempt. I was even more impressed. :D

    I could see myself investing in a pair and trying to figure out how I’d style/wear them. I know plenty of girls that would jump on those if they see them.

    At one point I really wanted to open up an Etsy store and sell knitted and crocheted accessories. The thoughts about cost and time put me off from it though. Shipping stuff to and from Canada isn’t quite as easy either. But if you do a bit of research, I’m sure you’ll find a solution. If you’re willing to put in the time, I’m sure you’ll make quite a bit of money from them!

    • Glad to know you like them. I think they’d work well with simple, plain outfits. Maybe tights and a dress or something.

      I hope I can make some money. Unfortunately yesterday I realised that the shop I got these shoes from don’t stock these ones any more. They have a slightly different style but they cost more. :( I’ll have to work something out.

  3. Veronica

    I think they’re amazingly cool.

    Would you only do them for comic book characters? Unfortunately, I’m not a huge comic book fan, so I don’t know many comic book characters. But I do like movie characters and things like that.

    • Thank you. :)

      I’d like to put other things on shoes but it all depends on the material. If it’s just normal ink on normal paper then the glue will make it run. Most comics have glossy pages and so the ink doesn’t run. I need to do some experiments.

  4. Cat

    I already said this before, but your shoes look awesome! I think that’s such a cool idea to cover shoes with comic book panels :) I would buy a pair if it were a comic I liked. I kind of want to try this myself, though I mostly read Japanese comics and they tend to be black and white =/ The color pages definitely look nicer!