DIY Friday | ankle boots to booties

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I have these vegan ankle boots that I really love by Breckelle's (a label that makes all vegan shoes and simulates leather flawlessly), but I had a problem with the height; It is a little bit unflattering and shortens even long, thin legs. I really did not want to just sell these or give 'em to the local thrift store (mainly because I didn't want someone else to experience the same dilemma). Solution: dive in and cut the suckers!

NOTE: I would not try this on leather shoes.

Have a similar vegan lace-up boot that has an unflattering height? Here's a way to fix 'em.

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1- measure each boot from the floor to the height you wish to cut

2- when cutting around, make sure you do not cut the heel form/frame of shoe. If you do, you'll end up with shoes that aren't wearable.

3- if there's a zipper, just cut the entire zipper out by it's cloth frame and just leave the outer flap (you can add a button or hook-and-eye later)

4- tie the laces into a bow and then cut the excess

5- add a button or hook-and eye to the inside top of the section that is missing the zipper

6- finish off the exposed material with some leather trim or ribbon by gluing or sewing to the faux-leather (careful not to sew the lace-up section together) OR finish off the exposed area with clear glue (like I did) for a rugged look

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7- If you've got enough excess material leftover, try making some killer lace-up gloves. All it takes is finishing off the edges as done in step 6 and then adding hook-and-eyes as connectors. Make sure to cut a hole for the thumb!

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Not sure how many of you will have shoes that are as easy to work with as these, but if you've got some vegan ones, give it a shot!