TRANSFORM BORING SHOES
INTO AN AWESOME PAIR
OF KNIT SLOUCH BOOTS
» Lynda Carter sported her famous red boots on the TV show
Wonder Woman in the 1970s.
The first time I saw a knitted boot
in a magazine, I was inspired to try my
hand at replicating it. The plan was to
transform a pair of existing high-heel » The earliest pair of leather shoes is a 4,000-year-old pair of boots
pumps (that I bought and rarely wore) made from sheep hide, worn by a mummified female corpse dis-
covered in the ruins of the ancient
into a pair of knitted, knee-high muk- kingdom of Loulan in China.
luks that I would always wear. I knew I
needed to make evenly spaced holes
around the base of the existing shoes
to anchor the “cast-on” stitches, and
that I would use a power drill to do it.
The bulky, rugged wool I chose
» Mary Janes aren’t just for little
girls anymore. Knitted ones can
be fun to make and wear around
provided an appealing contrast to the
slender spiked heel. And as I rotated the
shoe around, engulfing it in knitting, the
process felt curiously sculptural – and
more like what a potter would feel like at » Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots
Are Made for Walking” debuted
his spinning wheel as a wet lump of clay at #1 in 1966. Go-Go boots became a symbol of female
is being transformed into a fine vessel. empowerment in the ’60s. craftzine.com/go/nancy
Tina Marrin, a native of Los Angeles, is addicted to knitting flirty braille sweaters, mermaid skirts, and tickle dresses
(holes where the ticklish spots are). She also produced the permanent exhibition “Garden of Eden on Wheels: Collections
from Mobile Home and Trailer Parks in Los Angeles County” at the Museum of Jurrassic Technology in Culver City.