Second week of school saddle shoes. I think I also may be dating myself with my choice of back-to-school nail art – chalkboard nails last week and 1950s-style saddle shoes today. What’s next, a lacquered ode to typing class?
These nails were inspired by MY saddle shoes, silver studded Bass saddles that weigh about five pounds each. Wearing them around for just a couple of hours totally counts as leg day! But they look super cute paired with retro swing dresses (obviously) and skinny jeans, too, AND they make for some pretty fantastic nail art – all ticks in the plus column. 🙂
Yesterday was National Running Day (though, whose nation exactly?) so it would appear I’m running late on this mani inspired by my fly new Asics running shoes. Also, Asics? More like Ass-Kicks! These shoes are so dope; when I run (yes, that’s a thing I occasionally do) it looks like I’m wearing a pair of Cyclone Pops on my feet. Just slightly less sticky. 🙂
No, I have not changed the focus of this blog to foot fetishism…yet. Rather, I received a rather awesome pair of ice cream-style ballet flats for Christmas (generous gift-giver: me!) that were just begging for a sweet matching mani, and who am I to deny my shoes when they’re calling out for love?
This manicure is your basic drippy waffle cone design, but the shoes are a different matter altogether. Available solely (heh) through Shoe Bakery, these flats, and their many gorgeous high-heeled cousins, are handmade, custom made and beautifully unique – edible-looking, wearable works of art that are now inspiring this edible-looking, wearable work of nail art. I can’t wait to give these guys a proper workout come the spring and summer – just in time for ice cream season.
That these nails, a manicure inspired by a favourite pair of shoes, turned out so well has come as a rather delightful surprise. Sometimes when you just randomly start sponging polishes onto your nails, as I did here, things can go a bit pear-shaped. But at the risk of sounding abhorrently pretentious, these nails came about in a really organic way where I just knew which polishes were going to recreate the look and feel of my favourite Nine West pumps, and that’s exactly how it happened. Zero drama! And I think this manicure – nothing more than four polishes sponged one atop the other – is a pretty solid ringer for the real deal, right down to the lightly textured sparkles.
So down to the nitty gritty! Although this manicure is actually not gritty at all, even though we’re dealing here with at least one textured polish. 😉 I started off by laying down two coats of Glam Polish’s Lydia, a purple duochrome stuffed with indigo blue sparkles. After it had dried, I sponged on one light coat of what I call the reverse version of Lydia, Glam Polish’s Wednesday, an indigo blue duochrome speckled with purple glitter. Inspiration then struck, and I decided to go the textured route, sponging on, again, one light coat of OPI’s Liquid Sand in Get Your Number, an ice blue textured polish stuffed with silver holographic glitter. Finally, I – yup, you guessed it! – sponged on one very light coat of Hard Candy’s Mermaid Magic, a teal micro glitter speckled with purple hexes.
I toyed around with the idea of painting a frame around the edges of my nails – my shoes, after all, are edged in metallic purple piping. But sometimes it’s best to quit while you’re ahead and not let things get too needlessly complicated. I think that’s something we should all shoes to do more often, don’t you?