As an avid fan of Game of Thornes and loving the Khaleesi character and her amazing dragons I had the inspiration to make a 'Queen of Dragon' Shoes.
Like all of my ideas I could picture how I wanted the shoe to look in my head and now all I had to do was solve the problem of how to make it all work. I knew I wanted a beautiful but grungy shoe to reflect GOT and that I wanted to use big rainbow coloured jewels with dragons sitting on the front .
I decided to use a plain suede shoe to give texture to my design and started by painting it in various metallic paints. I used different shades of golds and bronzes, including painting the underside of the shoe.
I had the idea of using crystals as dragon spikes on the back of the shoe and wanted them to look as if they were actually growing out of the back of the shoe, emulating the spines on a Dragon
After searching for the right shape of crystal that I then needed to create this effect I carefully moulded each crystal onto the back of shoe. I left them to dry in the kitchen overnight resting on the back of a chair so that the crystals stayed in place. When I came down in morning I was not very happy to see that my shoes were on the floor and that my carefully moulded crystals spikes had broken off. My dog Kimba who is also a shoe lover had decided that these shoes looked particularly good and tried to eat them, when I found him in the living room he looked particularly guilty..... and I had to start all over again!
My biggest challenge was adding the dragons to the front without comprising the shoe style in terms of making it wearable, This took several attempts and a lot of moulding but eventually, after many hours I managed to get them to work. After sourcing my rainbow crystals in various sizes, I added them around my dragon and then decorated the back and front part of the shoe with various textures of glitter and paint. I thought they were finished but felt that they were still lacking something so decided to add gold studs to the back and sides of the shoe. The above picture illustrates the shoe prior to the studs being added.
My 'Queen of Thornes' shoes are one of my favourite and most extravagant creations and my daughter decided that she wanted to keep this particular pair for herself!
Northampton Shoe Museum are currently displaying these shoes in their Shoe Lounge. I am selling this design on a made to order basis, so if you are interested please contact me.