These Star Wars heels were actually quite easy to craft! I've seen a few geeky high heels online, but never thought I could make some myself. Thanks to @amy_geek and about a dozen pals who gathered for a Geeky Craft Day, I finally have a pair of my own.
What you'll need: About 3-4 Star Wars comic books. Yes, they will be destroyed! The good news is that original SW comics from the early eighties are abundant and should be easy to come by. These cost a dollar a piece at my local shop.
I chose an affordable but posh pump with a vibrant blue trim (Bloomingdales). With a 4-inch heel and stacked platform, the shoe had a beige cork-like color and texture, which was a perfect canvas. The patent leather trim gave it a fun, stylish accent that I knew would pop against comic images.
I used Mod Podge as a glue as well as a sealant.
The overall process is easy: with scissors, I cut up pages of the comic books and glued them directly to the shoe. Each piece was about an inch wide or smaller. Larger pieces ("STAR WARS") were cut up into smaller sections and glued separately, so they would not tear or crinkle during the process.
Cover art is more vibrant than images from pages inside the comics--I used both to create a style that was collage-like and colorful.
I used some of my favorite images-- Vader, R2-D2, Leia and Stormtroopers-- But I also used images to tell a story. The back of the shoes depict Han and Fett squaring off. Like they do. In my mind.
I found that it was best to take a couple of breaks and let the shoes dry between sessions. When finished, I let it dry overnight, and I used Mod Podge for a final layer of sealant to create a glossy finish. Overall, it took about 5 wine-sipping hours to complete.
This decoupage method can be used with any style of shoe--flats, wedges, even boots. I'm told that a final polyurethane finish will protect it from wet weather.
The last step, of course, is to geek out in style by pairing the heels with a fitted skirt or favorite pair of jeans. The best part: While I'm waiting for someone to bring my latte, pull my car around, or submit their report, I can gaze down lovingly at my shoes and read some comics.