The Frankenstock Experience – The Sequel

Back in the midst of time, I wrote about my shoe mending journey The Frankenstock Experience and since then there’s been developments. As a quick recap, I ended up with a working shoe:

I was really happy with them and wore them all winter around the house with socks, then spring came and they were still my go to comfy slip on. However, as summer dawned I heard that dreaded flippety flap. Hell on wheels, not again. The sole (my work) had come unstuck. So I performed a repair, with Shoe Goo and it held nicely for a few weeks but came away again. I couldn’t become a slave to the glue so got my thinking cap on. Here is some of my inner monologue from around the time:

  • Are they worth repairing further? – Yes, I like the paint work I did on them.
  • Do I want to spend any more cash on supplies? – No, I will use what I have as I’ve already spent about 20 quid.
  • What would my ideal for them be? – They’d be clogs of course.
  • Can I be arsed? – In the end you get your kicks from this and enjoyed tinkering last time.

So, there you have it. It might seem like I’m constantly flogging the same old dead horse but I’m just wired up like that. Also, seriously now, when I was a very young bean I remembered reading The Elves And The Shoemaker and I dearly wanted to hammer the daylights out of shoes and be a highly skilled and meticulous elf. I never wanted to be a princess.

Since I’m never going to be an elf either, one can endeavour to widen one’s skillset however and have a pop. Also, I had nothing to lose as my Birkenstocks were royally buggered now.

A lightbulb moment occurred, I don’t spend ages pondering it just sparks – I had some Scholl’s Pescura clog sandals that I’d acquired from my neighbour. At first I thought they were a bit Bridget Riley-esque but I can’t make mod wash on me much as I like it so they’d gone unworn. They would provide just the sacrificial sole I needed for this conversion.

I found I had some brass upholstery tacks in my tool box so everything was go from that point on. I removed the Bridget tops and also set about removing the leather tops from my Frankenstocks by slitting the stitching with a blade and then prising off.

They looked like they’d be a good fit, but I lost energy and momentum in the project as I found I’d worn myself out so I put everything away and forgot about them until today.

It was quite a simple process to create the Birkenscholl. I cut thin strips of double sided tape to fix to the inners of the uppers to hold them in place whilst I hammered in the tacks. I’m not going to lie and tell you I didn’t mess up a good few and have to remove them and re-nail but in the end the result was good. In fact I’m wearing them now, it seemed I was able to get clogs out of them after all and spend nowt.

I’m wearing them with the last pair of socks I knitted in Kaffe Fasset for Regia 4-ply. Let’s hope there isn’t some Part 3 to this story and that they’re finally done, you can never say never though can you?