Christian Louboutin makes some of the most highly sought after shoes in the world... but at a price.
Part of the appeal is the sheer glamour associated with the brand's exclusivity.
But the fact remains that Louboutin simply makes beautiful shoes: the kind of shoes you want to show off, the kind of shoes perfect for, say... a prom.
Clothes, including shoes, affect the way we feel about ourselves, the way we carry ourselves.
Redditor ethical_rhyme's sister has a prom coming up and she needed the perfect shoes.
As a teenager, she (probably) didn't quite have $5995.00 to spend, however.
"My sister expressed an interest in the designer shoes and no one that I know would ever consider shelling out that kind of money for a pair of shoes, so I did the best I could with what I had to work with."
So this Redditor took matters into her own hands.
She found these pumps on sale for $25.00 and went to work.
First, she painted them blue.
She used acrylic paint for this.
Once dry, she taped off the uppers from the soles.
Then she applied a healthy coat of red paint, followed by a layer of polyurethane for shine.
More acrylic paint and yes, the same polyurethane used to seal wood.
She bought 6000 (yes, six THOUSAND) blue rhinestones in various sizes.
3 milimeters, 5 milimeters, and 6 milimeters, to be exact.
Let that sink in for a moment. 6000 rhinestones.
Then she began with a rhinestone lining along the border.
And started gluing them, one-by-one.
The process was neither quick nor easy. No labor of love ever is.
"It took about 2 months of working for a few hours a couple nights a week as I watched TV," she said on Reddit.
"I placed the rhinestones randomly," she wrote, "apart from the ones around the borders. I just filled spaces with appropriately sized rhinestones. I didn't keep track of the hours, but I would work on the shoes whenever I sat down to watch a movie or binge watch some Netflix."
She even made flats for later in the night.
The final result? Beautiful.
And proof that love is worth more than anything that money can buy.
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