89 Keaton suit project - flappety stuff added!

Gatekeeper

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So, I figured I'd start from the, well, bottom with my Keaton suit. Found the Nikes, got me a couple of bottles of leather dye and went to town:



A generic pair of Air Trainer III. Not the best color for the project, but at least most part of the soles are black, which makes things easier.



Testing the dye... I learned that two bottles were needed - one for the plain leather, one for the nubuck trim. If only "regular" dye is used on nubuck, the result will be purpleish and splotchy - much like trying to paint the shoe with a Sharpie.

After dyeing the leather, it was time to move over to the nubuck. As it is a lot more porous compared to regular leather, nubuck needs a lot more dye to turn black.



Just the plastic parts left to paint...



I thought about different ways to tackle the boot tops. Making my own, cutting up existing boots... finally decided to try equestrian short caps/gaiters. They're available in leather and synthetic, and are quite inexpensive. I went for a pair in stretchy faux leather. Figured it won't matter if I mess them up with superglue, velcro or whatever I choośe to attach the armor with.



A quick test fit. Really comfortable - will see what they look like with armor attached.
 
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Smylex

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Re: 89 Keaton suit project - boot beginnings

Nice start so far. I will enjoy seeing this progress. My 89 boots are one of my favorite pieces on my suit.
 

Gatekeeper

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Re: 89 Keaton suit project - boot beginnings

Thanks! Yes, I'm kinda partial to the boots as well... they are by far the most comfy costume footwear I've worn...

Painted, or rather dyed the soles... seems to hold the dye so far.

 

bradtdkrises

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Re: 89 Keaton suit project - boot beginnings

Hey man, those look very cool! I was thinking about making me a pair of those 89 boots too. Id do it for comfort over accuracy cause im not found of the boots i have now..lol..but if you dont mind me asking, where did you get the short chaps/gaiters and what kind of price am i looking at? you can send a pm if you want.
Thanks!
Brad
 

Gatekeeper

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Re: 89 Keaton suit project - boot beginnings

Got mine off eBay. Search for gaiters and short chaps in Equestrian. They range from $10 to $40 (ballpark), a little more of you want real leather. Hard part is to find a pair without text, logos and weird stitchings.
 
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Gatekeeper

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A package with a very interesting smell arrived the other day... naturally, I had to try it all on and goof around:



Ah - the smell of latex...
 

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how are those boots/shoes coming along?
Not at all atm... the rubber appliances I got for them were undersized and badly cast. Back to square 1, or 1,5 anyway. Will get back to the boot issue once I've sorted out some other things.
 
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