So, for some reason, I've been on a shoe buying binge! I've always loved patent leather, and it seems to be very in right now, especially in many colors. Of course, I still bought black and beige, but it was fun toying with the idea of getting some pink or red ones too (Nine West has some really cute little flats in an array of colors). It got me thinking about exactly what is patent leather, so I did a little googling to see what I could find out. Wikipedia has a nice little article -- turns out that patent leather does start with real leather that's treated with a chemical compound to give it a high gloss finish. Linseed oil originally was used to put on a final coating, but now plastic tends to be used. And I also discovered that a shoe with the sides cut out, so that there's just the toe cover and the heel with nothing on the sides, is called a D'Orsay shoe (or D'Orsay flats in my case). I love the little ankle straps even though they are a pain in the neck early in the morning when you're running out the door! Anyway, I found a pair with the toes in black and the heels in beige (I warned you I was playing it safe with color selections :-).
Anyway, what does this have to do with crochet you ask?! Well, in my Facebook feed, I saw some patterns for crocheted shoe clips and embellishments as well as this post for crocheted booties and slippers, and off I went, shoe shopping!